The world debut of the new Honda Brio took centrestage at Honda’s 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) stand, but we could not prevent our eyes from straying to the Honda Civic Type R TCR race car, which looks as mean as a Civic can possibly look. It made the road-going FK8 Type R next to it look tame, and that’s some feat.

The Civic Type R TCR made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and is competing in this year’s inaugural season of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), which takes over from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

According to the TCR technical regulations, derived from TC1 rules used by the WTCC, race cars must be four- or five-door sedans or hatchbacks. Only front-wheel drive, turbocharged powertrains are permitted, with a capacity of between 1,750 to 2,000 cc, and no more than 355 hp (350 bhp).

The Civic Type R TCR meets all the above requirements, and comes fitted with plenty of aerodynamic components like a full body kit and a large rear wing. A full roll cage and stripped out interior are the standard race car mods. Epic wing aside, check out the nice wide body stance and that front splitter.

Factory team entries are not allowed in WTCR, but manufacturers are allowed to offer technical support to participating teams. As a result, FIA World Cup titles will be for drivers and teams, with no manufacturers’ title up for grabs.

This Civic race car goes up against TCR versions of the Hyundai i30 N, Peugeot 308 GTi, VW Golf GTI and Audi RS3, among others. Click on the links to see the other TCR racers.


GALLERY: Honda Civic Type R