Just how competitive is a stock Honda Civic Type R? | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
May 19, 2023 | Honda, SCCA, UTCC, Civic, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, type R, Civic Type R, Honda Civic Type R, Tire Rack

Some entries into the 2023 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports feature a laundry list of modifications, but Anthony Cuthbert’s 2017 Honda Civic Type R is a bit different.

Aside from the Apex Racing wheels and the Whiteline sway bars, rear toe links and lowering springs, this Type R is entirely stock–with 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, just as Honda intended.

What this entry lacks in mods, however, it makes up for in experience: Anthony has over seven years of racing under his belt, including two Global Time Attack class championships. In addition to Global Time Attack, the Civic has also competed in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge and various Gridlife events.

Is all that experience enough to pull ahead of a highly modified field of track cars? You’ll have to see for yourself at the 2023 Ultimate Track Car Challenge.

What is the Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition that simply seeks the fastest machines on four wheels. The rules are brief: Car and driver must pass a safety inspection. Period.

Pretty much everything is welcome: new, old, factory-bought and home-built. Wings are cool. So are box flares, giant intercoolers and sequential shifters.

Learn more, including how you can register today, by visiting ultimatetrackcarchallenge.com.


The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack in association with Wilwood Engineering, HP Tuners, SPA Technique, Deatschwerks, CRC Industries and Volkswagen, with trophies from Track Advantage, Stifflers, BimmerWorld, HGSI, XS Batteries and Hoosier Tire. Thank you to the SCCA for sanctioning the UTCC.

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AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) UberDork
5/19/23 1:58 p.m.

I'm curious to see how this runs!  Some days I consider trading my Si in for a Type R.  

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