Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

This tall Honda Civic Type R is built to go rallying

This tall Honda Civic Type R is built to go rallying

The Honda Civic Type R is already a Performance Car of The Year and Bang For Your Bucks champion, so it hardly wants for improvement.

But Ralph Hosier Engineering (RHE) thinks it's about time it conquered new frontiers, and has built the Honda Civic Type OveRland concept for inspiration.

James Rodgers, team manager at Team Dynamics, comments: "We're familiar with the race-winning FK8, however we wanted to showcase what can be extracted from the auto with just a few light modifications".

This one-off concept has been raised by over four inches, and has been equipped with huge mud-plugging tyres.

Crucially, RHEL has maintained the functionality of the Civic Type R's dual-axis strut front suspension, which is created to reduce torque steer.

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"Dunlop DZ03G track day tyres wrapped around Team Dynamics' 19" Pro-Race lightweight competition-based wheels play a major role in giving confidence to the driver.

The rear end has a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links though while a set of 255/55/18 BF Goodrich tyres wrapped around lightweight wheels are employed.

Ralph Hosier, owner of the eponymous engineering business, added: "These two wildly different interpretations of the Civic Type R showcase the standard car's attributes, but also reflect the advanced, sporty and playful nature of the entire Civic range". Its name is the Honda Civic Type OveRland, and we're totally into it.

For the body, it's clear to see the Civic Type R has grown in width. If you want to have one, though, Ralph Hosier Engineering says it will happily take commissions for discerning customers. We are just trying to think of how much would Ralph push the road-spec Type R to make it a more convincing safari vehicle. Despite all the modifications, however, the Type R still uses the factory powertrain with no modifications made to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

No changes are made under the bonnet, but considering the standard vehicle already produces 320PS (228kW) and 400Nm, this rally beast should have no trouble blasting through rally stages.

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