Here are two wild, and wildly different, concepts based the already-pretty-wild Honda Civic Type R, unveiled at the SMMT Test Day gathering at Millbrook Proving Ground.
First, the rally raid-looking concept pictured below. Tagged the Honda Civic Type oveRland, it’s a rally raid/overlander hybrid that sits more than four inches further off the ground than a standard Type R.
Amazingly, the ultra-complex, racing-derived front suspension remains intact, but the rear suspension has been revised to lift it three inches over standard. The huge, knobbly BF Goodrich tyres give a bit of extra ground clearance and should keep this mad creation going when conditions get nasty.
Inside, there’s a comprehensive rollcage and a pair of spare tyres sit semi-exposed in the boot. Just like on a Dakar rally car.
As you can see from the pictures, the oveRland isn’t quite finished yet. But its builder, Ralph Hosier Engineering, reckons it’ll be done in about a month or so. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you some proper images then, rather than my hurried phone snaps.
Next up we have the car at the bottom, built by the outfit that has made Honda the most successful manufacturer in British Touring Car Championship history, Team Dynamics.
Team Dynamics went through the Type R with a fine-toothed comb to “heighten all aspects of the car.” A Superchips ECU, ITG induction kit, PWR intercooler, Dream catalyst and Scorpion exhaust have given a massive bump in power, up to 400bhp and 369lb/ft of torque.
Eibach Pro springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear castor arms, Goodridge braided brake lines and 19″ Team Dynamics Pro-Race wheels Dunlop track day tyres keep everything under control.
Intriguingly, both RHE and Team Dynamics have said that they can build cars based on these concepts if anyone comes along with a big enough cheque.
Which would you choose?
By Graham King