Just like its predecessor, the all-new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) will take part in the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, otherwise known as the BTCC). Here it is in full racing guise, as it undergoes testing with the Halfords Yuasa Racing team at Parcmotor Castellolí, just outside Barcelona, Spain.

While it may look like the road-going version at first glance, the flared wheel arches and bonnet latches provide some of the visual distinctions. Look a little closer, and you’ll spot a different front spoiler lip as well.

At the back, the triple-pipe exhaust setup is no longer present, and the stock spoiler has been swapped out for another that is equally, if not more, prominent. The transition from road car to race car also involves changes to the interior, which should include a significant amount of parts stripping.

In accordance with Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) regulations, the FK8R racer will pack a 2.0 litre turbocharged, direct-injection engine with over 350 hp mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential-shift gearbox and differential. It will retain its front-wheel drive setup too, while the base weight will not exceed 1,280 kg.

“The Honda Civic Type R has been one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s most successful cars during its time in the series, and with the launch of the FK8 road car in 2017, it’s fantastic to see the next generation in full racing trim out on track for 2018,” said David Hodgett, managing director of Honda UK.

GALLERY: FK8 Honda Civic Type R preview