Tech Tuesday: The new Civic Type R suspension and dampers
I don’t know how long it has been since we first heard about the upcoming Honda Civic Type R. My Honda loving friends have been already bragging about how it will destroy all the other hot hatches due to the fact that it’s turbocharged. The car is now officially revealed and I must be honest, it looks stellar. Honda has put their head on a block regarding this car, saying it will be the fastest hatch on the Nurburgring. They have managed to get some exciting times from their non production version of the Civic Type R, so let’s hope they can back it up with the road car. Power figures are steep with 228Kw and 400Nm, that’s definitely not something to take lightly. The problem with front wheel power houses like these is one, torque steer. Limited slip differentials can curb this, but often times you will still run the risk of running over an old lady each time you accelerate. Honda has another trick up their sleeves to counter this, that is through a system called Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension. This isn’t anything new, it’s essentially very similar to Ford and Renaults systems but with a different name to it. A few tweaks here and there, but the idea is the same.
The car also uses the same dampers as the Lambo Aventador SV, the Magnetorheological ones remember? Yeah so it packs a lot of interesting tech for a hatch. Judging by the reviews, the reactions are generally good, some not so good. With a 0-100kph time of 5.7 secs, I think it does the job from a performance point of view. It’s all about how it delivers that performance though, I’ll let you know the moment I get behind the wheel of one later this year. Till then, Happy Tech Tuesday Motorists.
Tech Tuesday: 2015 Civic Type R