Honda Civic Type R Developmental Mule Gets Built for Show and Go
After a short life on the show circuit, this Honda Civic Type R proves itself on the track with a carefully curated list of upgrades.
The current Honda Civic Type R has barely been on U.S. shores for a year, and there's already a rather large aftermarket for the speedy front-wheel-drive compact sedan. And you can thank cars like this particular mule recently featured at Super Street for that.
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After all, aftermarket companies have to have something to test out their wares on before they sell them to the masses. And you know people were lining up for go-fast goodies for this exciting new ride pretty much from the day it first landed on dealer lots.
Randy Lew of Evasive Motorsports falls into both categories. He was a fan, overly excited to get his hands on the new Type R. Not just to drive, but also to help his company develop and test parts for the exciting new platform.
Evasive has forged a reputation for building cars that perform on the track, so it should come as no surprise that the first things they began to develop for the FK8 were suspension parts.
To up the handling, a four-point roll bar and HKS Hipermax IV SP coilovers were the first things to go on. Meanwhile, a Varis carbon-fiber splitter and wing helped increase downforce.
Weight Reduction, Bro
Evasive also designed and installed their very own carbon-fiber front lip, front grille, side skirts, and rear diffuser to make this Type R stand out. A Varis carbon fiber hood and over fenders also help greatly with the weight reduction mission.
Flush With Parts
But this build really kicked into high gear when a partnership with HKS was forged ahead of the 2018 SEMA show. Next thing you know, Evasive was flush with new parts to install.
Boxes started showing up with goodies including a cold-air intake, upgraded intercooler, front pipe, and a Legamax Premium exhaust.
Tune It Up
HKS also lent their tuning expertise, and using a Hondata FlashPro interface and FlashProManager software, managed to squeeze 383 hp and 376 lb-ft torque out of their mule using 100 octane race gas.
Show and Go
To keep the turbocharged engine cool, the crew also added a higher-capacity Koyo radiator and an HKS oil cooler. After SEMA was over, this Type R headed to Buttonwillow Raceway and claimed a second-place finish with a best lap time of 1:55.726. Thus proving that this mule is the rare kind that's equally adept at looking good and going fast!