Seeing as the new Honda Civic Type R already looks like a touring car refugee on the road, it’s no surprise that it’s been further developed to actually duke it out on track. Developed in conjunction with JAS Motorsport, the race car has been built to compete in various TCR touring car series around the world.

Only one photo has been released so far, but the TCR version looks to feature a much more aggressive look than the already pretty hopped-up standard car. There’s a massive front splitter, a sizeable bonnet vent, wide wheel arches to house broad OZ Racing wheels and the obligatory rear wing. The new aerodynamic package is said to reduce drag and increase downforce over the previous Civic Type R racer.

The move to the new Civic hatch body also enables the switch from a torsion beam rear suspension to a multi-link setup, and there’s an advanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and an improved rollcage with the very latest FIA lifting device to boot. An endurance version of the car will also be sold for those looking to compete in the VLN and 24-hour races, fitted with additional lighting, driver cooling and ABS.

No details as to what will power the racing CTR, but odds are that the 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine will continue to be used here – in road-going trim, it produces 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque.

Deliveries of the new Civic Type R TCR will begin on December 15, with the first 25 cars to be completed in time for the start of the 2018 racing season. The car joins the current list of 19 models and over 300 cars that are eligible for TCR competition globally.

GALLERY: Road-going Honda Civic Type R