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New Honda Civic Type R TCR Car Set for 2018 Debut

JAS launches all-new Honda Civic Type R TCR car for global sales…

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JAS Motorsport has launched an all-new Honda Civic Type R TCR car, which is expected to be eligible for competition in both the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge beginning next year.

The TCR-spec car, based on the Japanese manufacturer’s 2017 production model, features a brand-new exterior design and aero package to cut drag and improve downforce, a new multi-link rear suspension and anti-rollbar system and improved rollcage meeting the FIA’s latest standards.

An endurance version of the car will also be made available for series such as VLN and 24H Series.

While JAS’ previous-generation Honda TCR car was based on a European-spec Civic, the all-new Civic Type R is set to go on sale in North America and would therefore be eligible for use in both Continental Tire Challenge and PWC.

Both IMSA and PWC have limited TCR eligibility to models that are only sold in the American market.

“We are delighted and excited to announce today that we will make the new Honda Civic Type R TCR available to customers for next year and send our warmest thank you to Honda for continuing to give us their blessing for this project,” said JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader Mads Fischer.

“The new car shows significant development in several key areas such as aerodynamics, suspension and electronics.

“Our first Civic Type R TCR car has won five championships already and is in contention for another eight this year in Europe and Asia, and our aim is to ensure that the new car continues to raise the bar for TCR competition globally.”

Deliveries are scheduled to begin on Dec. 15, with up to 25 cars set to be made available for the start of the 2018 racing seasons.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. P

    July 12, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This Car looks Awesome.

    Eligible TCR Manufacturers – North America:
    Alfa Romeo
    Audi (Popular Manufacture)
    Honda (Popular Manufacture)
    Volkswagen (Popular Manufacturer)

    Other Eligible TCR manufacturers – International:
    SEAT (Popular Manufacture)

    • Chips O'Toole

      July 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Audi is already running their TCR A3 in PWC.

    • Guest

      July 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Alfa doesn’t sell their TCR car here. Giulia would be cool, but TCR is only FWD.

      • Mark Twain

        July 14, 2017 at 5:23 am

        I think it’s 2WD only, not limited to FWD?

        • Mike D

          July 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

          They are limited to front-wheel drive only.

    • Raphael

      July 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      A few things to clear up.

      1. Alfa Romeo’s only eligible car, The Giulietta, is currently not being sold in either U.S. or Canada so they won’t be in it, (Unless they decide on a GT4 spec 4C).

      2. The Kia Ceed is not sold in the U.S. either, so they would have to go with the Forte, be it sedan or Wagon.

      3. Hyundai’s i30 is sold in the U.S. as the Elantra GT, so that car has the right to compete.

      4. PSA, the group behind Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and now Opel/Vauxhall will be bringing one of the brands to the U.S. by 2020, so we could see some potential entries there.

      Cars i would invite to compete.

      Acura ILX
      Chevrolet Cruze
      Mazda 3
      Mercedes CLA
      MINI Clubman JCW
      Nissan Sentra
      Toyota Corolla
      Volkswagen Jetta GLI
      Volvo V40

  2. Andrew

    July 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Is Alfa’s TCR model sold in the US? All I’ve seen Alfa release is the 4C, Guilia and Stelvio, none of those are TCR eligible. I believe their TCR chassis is the Guilietta, not listed for US release yet.

    Kia has used the c’eed for TCR and that chassis is also not the US car. It is close to the Forte but not the same platform I don’t think.

    The VW GTI TCR is the same chassis as the Seat TCR so that’s not really 2 cars. I think, it seemed like an article I’d read referenced a statement from VW it was developed with Seat so maybe just the race work was done without a shared chassis.

    The Hyundai is actually a US sold chassis, it is the new Elantra GT so that could actually race here with a badge.

    Apparently Mazda is seriously considering a chassis but not in time for 2018 most likely. What could they use? Is the Mazda 3 an international chassis or North America vs the world like cars used to be?

    Side note, the Subaru just bothers me. A WRX STI should NOT be front wheel drive, I know it’s the rules but man that just hurts my soul.

    • Nick1

      July 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      The Giulietta isn;t sold in the US

    • Guest

      July 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      TCR kind of fails on the excitement level. Touring Cars should be FWD and RWD. TCR says they try to save costs with FWD only, but the cars are pure bred racers with tons of aero. GT4 cars are closer to their road cars then TCR.

  3. joekramer

    July 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    The Opel Astra is just a Buick Verano in a hatchback. So, GM could just do an Audi where they take a Golf R and made it into a S3 by adding a trunk. The Audi and VW are the MQB chassis along with the E888 engine. The only issue is that they only come in 4wd for the street version. So, making them FWD only seems to not be a problem for TCR.

    Don’t worry, BMW will be allowed in some way for the TCR in the US because you just can’t ignore the 50 or so that are in the US right now.

    • Andrew

      July 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      And as sacrilegious as it sounds, I have seen some rumours that the new small BMW may be a Mini chassis share and FWD. So that or the Mini itself could be their TCR chassis.

      • thomas

        July 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        It’s not a rumour. FWD BMWs are confirmed

        • Raphael

          July 14, 2017 at 9:24 pm

          Unfortunately, the coming FWD 1 series will not be coming to the U.S. and is currently sold only in China. As for the Buick Verano, its discontinued in the U.S. market, and its unlikely that the 2nd generation would be coming to the states anytime soon, And it too is still going in China, where Buicks reign supreme.

    • thomas

      July 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Kind sorta but no. The Buick Verano was based on a China market car. The 2nd generation which is based on the Opel/Vauxhall/Holden Astra is a China market only product.

      So if they reverse the decision to not bring the 2nd generation Buick Verano into the US market then that might be possible but I wouldn’t put money on it happening.

  4. Jenner

    July 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Great bodywork on the Honda.

    Why can’t Penske use this bodywork on their Honda next year? I for sure will know its a Honda. And so would other fans.

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