AUTOMOBILE MAG: Driven! Honda’s Civic Type R Race Car Is an Absolute Riot

The Type R TCR is much, much more than a tweaked road car.

It doesn’t understeer like a street car with front-wheel drive,” said racing driver and ATL Speedwerks team owner, Todd Lamb. “It’s set up to rotate, so it can get loose on cold tires.” Lamb’s not wrong. As I negotiate the tight hairpin at M1 Concourse in Detroit for the first time today, the back end of the Honda Civic Type R TCR factory race car steps out. It’s a progressive slide, and a quick grab of countersteer through the feelsome steering corrects my trajectory and combines with the weight transfer to allow me to power out of the corner quickly and smoothly. Front-wheel-drive performance of this caliber is a new experience for me, and it’s made immediately clear this factory Honda is a 100 percent, full-on race car.
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