Friday, May 24, 2019

If the Honda Civic Type R Would Go Rallying, It Would Look Like This


The Honda Civic Type R may have lost the front-wheel drive production car record over at the Nurburging, but it looks like tuners may have something a bit more extreme in mind. Meet the rally-ready Civic Type R OveRland.

Currently under development by Ralph Hosier Engineering, the Civic Type R OveRland takes huge influence from Rally Raid, Overland, and Safari models from the world of rally.


The complex anti-torque-steer Dual-Axis strut arrangement has been retained to allow the fundamental design and purpose of the Civic Type R’s suspension to work as the factory intended. At the rear, a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links have lifted the car three inches higher than standard. Transferring this to the tarmac, or mud, are 255/55/18 BF Goodrich tires wrapped around rally-derived, lightweight wheels. Finished in iconic Championship White the concept subtly accentuates silhouette to create a familiar but different feel to the car.

Surprisingly, it carries over the same powertrain (320 horsepower, 400 Nm of torque) and gearbox (6-speed manual) from the road going car.

For now, Honda has no plans to go into competitive rally racing with this, but if they do, it looks like they can give the Subaru WRX STI a run for their money.

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