Team Dynamics have taken the wraps off the all-new Honda Civic Type R during testing in Spain, with the car set to make its British Touring Car Championship début in just over one months’ time.
The new car was unveiled during testing at the Parcmotor Castellolí, just outside Barcelona, Spain, where it is running in an unliveried black colour scheme.
Halfords Yuasa Racing are taking part in planned pre-season testing with a number of other BTCC teams ahead of the 2018 season, with the car being shaken down and evaluated alongside the 2017 Civic.
Both three-time BTCC champion Matt Neal and new team-mate Dan Cammish will race the new car in the 2018 BTCC, with a pair of Civics having been readied by Team Dynamics during the winter.
Further development work will be carried out at Brands Hatch and Donington Park ahead of the new season, before the new livery is unveiled at the Team Dynamics factory on 22 March, five days before the BTCC Season Launch at Donington Park.
“It’s been a massive effort by the team over the off-season to transition to the new Honda Civic Type R and to see all of those hours labour bear fruit is just a fantastic feeling,” said Team Manager James Rogers. “The car provides an excellent platform to work with and we’re sure it’ll prove a potent package when it hits the track in anger at Brands Hatch.
“We’ve got a busy testing schedule in the lead up to that point, and we will be sure to hit the ground running when the season starts, in the best shape possible.”
Team Dynamics Director and driver Matt Neal says he ‘can’t wait’ to get behind the wheel of the new Civic, the fourth different model of the car developed by the team.
“This next generation Honda Civic Type R is fantastic and the guys have pulled out all the stops to get us to this point.”
“I can’t wait to jump in and get out on track this week. If the car goes as fast as it looks then we’ll be in great shape this season!”
Cammish will make his BTCC début in the new car and admits that it will be a big moment for him when he first gets behind the wheel.
“It’s really exciting to see the new car in the flesh, in full racing trim and it’s really something special. Sitting in the cockpit for the first time will be a really proud moment for me.”