General 10th Generation rally car... hmmmn! mosht intereshting!

Discussion in '10th Generation (2016)' started by BB Baboonface, Monday 27th Feb, 2017.

  1. BB Baboonface Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom James Chesterfield
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    Hey all, apologies if it has been posted previously, but stumbled on an article that gives a brief outline of the Civic entered into the Red Bull GRC manufacturers championship.
    600hp and AWD grabbed my attention pretty quickly!
    Guess homologation rules like those of Group B don't apply in having to make road going models to allow competition entry, but with a fair few folks out there hankering after an AWD R model, this goes to show that something beyond wild fantasy exists and more to the point, has proven itself in the heat of competition.

    It does appear that the trans tunnel shown in one of the vids is an addition to the coupe body shell added by those charged with adapting the car for purpose, so i doubt this is a pointer that the new Type-R will have a similar drive train, but some of us out there are still wishing!

    Anyway, the article thingy is part way down on this page: honda-spy
     
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    What a cool looking Civic. If they keep upping the output of the Type-R surely 4WD is the way forward. :Smile:
     
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    I'd agree there, see plenty of opinions on the web about the competitors in other brands having the edge through AWD, a fair bit of paper and test evidence is rather in their favour too. Unfortunately people saying they would buy on looks, but FWD being the decider in looking to other marques (not belittling what the latest R can do though, pretty epic!)

    The Acura SH-AWD system has always been praised though and Fords system in the RS is markedly similar to previous versions. However the new system replaces the mechanical drive line with electric motors, such as those found in the NSX, and also driving the rear wheels of other Acura platforms.

    People talk of weight penalties, but the torque vectoring of SH-AWD paired with the absence of mechanical couplings would help to counter the weight problem. Plus we have seen what Honda motors can do with turbo power from factory, and for longer still in the aftermarket. Have to cite the tuner D-ROB in the US again, perhaps an exception, but 700whp on a daily driven stock K series block for a couple of years is a pretty good example (if at the extreme end)
     
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