The FK8 Honda Civic Type R is a very competent car but there’s always those who feel it can be improved further. Honda UK are among those who think that way, and the aspect they are deciding to focus on is practicality.

Therefore, a specialist team from the product engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon worked hard to create what you see before today. This is the Civic Type R Pick-up Truck concept, or as it is known internally, ‘Project P’, which is being prested at the annual SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) Test Day event.

So, what is it? Exactly as the name suggests. The team took a standard FK8R, and revised the design from the car’s B-pillars rearwards. The rear seats are now gone, while the flatbed extends into the boot area as well.

Aside from that, the car also gets a Rallye Red finish as if the shiny, textured metal plates aren’t attention-grabbing enough. That’s not all because the large rear wing is also retained, and is movable to allow a clear access to the rear of the truck for loading items like Honda lawnmowers.

Honda UK says the mechanical bits (powertrain, suspension and gearbox) on this ute are identical to the regular hatchback. Under the bonnet, there’s still a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine that serves up 320 PS and 400 Nm, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The company claims the CTR ute will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in under six seconds and reach a top speed of over 265 km/h, the latter making it potentially the fastest pickup trucks on United Kingdom roads. Drivers still get to cycle through a number of driving modes, including comfort, Sport and +R.

Alyn James, project lead, commented: “we have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this project was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do. The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”

If you want one, too bad. This unique vehicle is made purely as a one-off concept and there are no plans to put it into production. Cool enough for you?