One might have expected the Honda-powered McLaren MCL32 that competes in F1 in the commercial but don’t sit there wondering why that didn’t happen. The vehicle has given nothing but poor performance and even after five races, the McLaren-Honda is in the last spot with zero points. This may prompt Fernando Alonso to go to the US and race in this month’s Indianapolis 500m, but Jenson Button will be behind the wheel of his F1 car, and Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne will occupy his seat during the Monaco GP.
It is powered by a 236kW 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a close-ratio six-speed manual with front-wheel drive. A 16kg lighter and 38 per cent stiffer body also helps in this regard, along with 350mm front brakes and Brembo calipers, and track-tested aero kit.
The Honda Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver-selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System.
The automaker also announced it is launching a motorsports influencer campaign that gives a celebrity the chance to go on a two-seat ride leading the start of a Verizon IndyCar Series race with legendary Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti.