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$89,900 race-ready Honda Civic Type R TC enters the ring for 2020

Honda has introduced its race-ready Civic Type R TC for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The race-ready Honda Civic Type R TC has ben unveiled. The product of Honda Performance Development (HPD), the car has been designed to be a turn-key solution for professional racers and enthusiasts who want to take their time behind the wheel up a notch. The cost? $89,900. That's about $70,000 more than a base model 2020 Civic.

"The successes of Honda Performance Development's TCA Civic Si and TCR Type R in North American touring car championship series have generated a strong interest in more ready-to-race Honda Touring Cars for North America," said Ted Klaus, President of Honda Performance Development. "With the introduction of the new Type R TC-class race car, we now offer a complete lineup of turn-key, Civic-based race cars for registered racing customers in North America."

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC The Civic Type R TC is eligible for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The model was developed and tested completely in-house as a modified version of a Type R production model. Final assembly is done by Gradient Racing in Austin, Texas. The HPD Civic Si TCA race car influenced the car's development.

At the start of its journey to the track, each new Civic Type R TC begins its life as a body in white at Honda's Swindon, England plant. It's powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine that's supplied by Honda of America Manufacturing in Anna, Ohio. It produces between 270 and 330 horsepower, depending on the series application.

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC The Civic Type R TC was designed to be a turn-key solution for race car drivers. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The exterior of the car retains the model's stock sheet metal but adds major modifications including a high-flow front grille; a J's Racing FRP vented hood; CSF-designed radiator and oil cooler; an HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust; a 6-speed manual transmission with high-strength 3rd and 4th gears; an HPD/Cusco limited slip differential; HPD Girodisc 2-piece front brake rotors and HPD brake inlet ducts; an HPD/Pyrotect bolt-in FIA 16-gallon fuel cell; a welded multi-point racing cage; and an OMP racing seat with 6-point harness.

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC Honda offers support for racers on- and off-the track. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The Civic Type R TC is eligible for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition. To purchase, buyers must be a Honda Racing Line member with a racing license. HPD supports its racing customers with trackside factory engineering and parts support, and an exclusive technical support line that can connect racing customers directly with HPD engineers when they're not at the track.

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