Honda Race Team Targets Michelin Challenge TCR Class

The Honda of America Racing Team (HART), comprised of Honda employees working in their free time, will compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class with the Honda Civic Type R TCR race car.

Driving for the team is Ryan Eversley along with Chad Gilsinger. Eversley won the Pirelli World Challenge TCR championship in a Civic Type R TCR a year ago, which gives the team a leg up as the Civic Type R TCR makes its initial entry in the IMSA series.

HART is a volunteer race team comprised of approximately 30 associates from both manufacturing and research and development across Honda’s Ohio operations. The Civic Type R engine is built at Honda’s  Ohio engine plant, while the TCR race car is manufactured by J.A.S.Motorsport in Italy and sold in the US and Canada by Honda Performance Development in California.

The Honda Civic Type R TCR is available directly from Honda Performance Development and needs only fuel and number stickers to go racing. Photo: Honda Performance Development

The Honda Civic Type R TCR features a 340 horsepower, turbocharged two-liter Honda race-prepped engine driving through an X-Trac six-speed paddle-shifter gearbox. The ECU, Power Box, and Display/Data Logger are all from MoTec.  Suspension is by Ohlins coilovers on all four corners, with massive six-piston J.A.S. calipers front and two piston rear handling braking chores. The entire body shell is stiffened by an extensive roll cage structure and clad in an aerodynamically optimized composite widebody kit.

In 2018 the HART team participated in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the Acura NSX GT3, nearly capturing a podium finish at the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring, until knocked-out of the running by a late-race incident.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary for the HART operation, and to commemorate its founding in 1989 the Civic Type R TCR will run the 89 number.  The race car will be finished in the team’s traditional red, white and black paint scheme.

 

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