The most powerful Type R to date, the 2023 INDYCAR is simultaneously the most muscular Honda model ever sold on the U.S. market (accounting for production series only). After intense testing sessions and microscopically accurate adjustments (true to Japanese strictness and precision standards), the new thrill-inducing Civic achieved higher responsiveness, comfort, and overall driving excitement ratings.
The new vented hood, formed from lightweight aluminum, shelters a very performant version of Honda's award-winning K20C1 engine. The two-liter powerplant puts out 315 horsepower (319 PS) at 6,500 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque (420 Nm, best served between 2,600-4,000 rpm).
The redesigned turbo spools a maximum of 25.2 psi of boost to up the horsepower, torque, and throttle response ratings. The air intake has been revised for better flow, and the exhaust brags with a straight-through design and an active valve.
Honda claims the turbocharger's efficiency is due to several revisions in the size, shape, and number of turbine blades. These mechanical augmentative measures allow the forced-induction generator to build pressure "in a wider range and more efficiently."
A stiffer chassis (with a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks) tandems with a retuned dual-axis strut front and multilink rear suspension for increased stability and handling.
Critically, for complete driver control, the Civic Type R Pace Car is fitted with a Honda Performance Development (HPD) brake package. In plain gearhead English, this is "competition rotors, racing pads, stainless steel brake lines." Four-point racing harnesses have been added to keep whoever's behind the wheel in their place (that would be behind the wheel).
The ruffian Civic Type R packs an exclusive pace car lighting system to tame the single-seat missiles. Honda graphics (refer to the gallery for details) puts the artist's touch on transforming the 2023 Honda Civic Type R into a race-starter NTT INDYCAR SERIES Pace Car.
100% renewable race fuel will power the 2023 speed-chasing events. Mandatory use of alternate race tires with a green sidewall will expand to all street circuit races. Besides the technicalities, INDYCAR SERIES fans look forward to seeing more records fall than last year.
Two-time champion Will Power aims to improve his all-time-best pole position record of 68. Scott Dixon wants his name on a seventh Astor Challenge Cup to tie legend A.J. Foyt in the sport's hall of fame. Helio Castroneves is on track (pun absolutely intended) for a fifth Indy 500 victory.
For the sake of impossibly fast statistics, let's drop one final record that fans would love to see (live and in slow-motion) broken in 2023: the 2022 finish at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Scott Dixon edged Scott McLaughlin by .1067 of a second – the smallest 1-2 gap on a street circuit race in INDYCAR SERIES history.