Lift kit turns Honda Civic Type R into a rally monster

Daniel Fowler
May 26, 2019

The Honda Civic Type R is already a Performance Car of The Year and Bang For Your Bucks champion, so it hardly wants for improvement. The Goodridge stainless performance braided brake hoses should be mentioned as well, along with the Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars, and rear camber arms.

Built as part of "Project OveRland", the vehicle was unveiled in England yesterday for Honda UK at a local automotive industry event.

Recently unveiled by Ralph Hosier Engineering and Honda U.K., this hot hatch prototype features a generous lift of over four inches, along with some custom suspension work, and lightweight, rally-ready wheels clothed in some big ol' BFGoodrich All-Terrains clearly prepared to fling some dirt out behind the OveRland's hatchback.

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According to Honda, the auto has been lifted by a huge four inches plus has been fitted with different rally components such as a bespoke trailing arm mounting, modified tranverse linkage and massive BF Goodrich tyres. And the 255/55/18 tyres are sourced from BF Goodrich, and wrapped around lightweight rally-inspired wheels. It has been said that upping the standards of the Civic Type R was not a hard task due to its inherent handling nature.

Crucially, RHEL has maintained the functionality of the Civic Type R's dual-axis strut front suspension, which is created to reduce torque steer.

For the body, it's clear to see the Civic Type R has grown in width. "We have also had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what can be done with a road vehicle". And while there are no plans for either to be put in to production, both Team Dynamics and Ralph Hosier Engineering have said they will create one-off versions for discerning customers. Powering the Civic Type OveRland is a 2.0-litre Vtec Turbo engine that produces 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm. The makes claim that the Civic Type OveRland takes huge influence from Rally Raid, Overland and Safari models from the world of rally and adventure holidaying.

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