The latest-generation Honda Civic Type R is now not only the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Magny-Cours track in France, but now it's one of the fastest pickups in the world. That's right – specialists from the product engineering department at the Japanese carmaker's factory in Swindon have built a one-off Civic Type R pickup truck, which was revealed at a press event in the Midlands.
The team used a pre-production prototype of the hot hatch, which was officially revealed nearly a year ago, to create the unique Project P concept. It has two doors and two seats, and features a flatbed loading area behind the seats, where the rear bench and boot space would normally be.
The transformation is performed in such way that allows the rear fixed wing to be retained. Actually, fixed is not the correct term, as it has a movable design which allows an access to the load bed of the small pickup. One of our favourite design details of the new Type R, the triple exhaust pipe setup at the back, is also here. The whole body is finished in Rallye Red, one of the Type R's factory colours.
'We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this project was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do,' said project lead Alyn James. 'The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nürburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive pickup truck.'
The team shouldn’t have troubles setting a new record at the Nordschleife, given the fact that the Project P uses the same powertrain, suspension, and gearbox as the standard production Civic Type R. The specialists estimate the truck will have a 0-62mph time of under six seconds and a top speed in excess of 165mph.
Sadly though, Honda has no plans to put the model into production.
Gallery: Honda Civic Type R Pick-up
- Created by the team behind Synchro Motorsport at the Swindon factory
- Potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads
- No plans to put concept into production
Honda UK has stolen the show at the annual SMMT Test Day this year by showcasing a Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept, almost a year after the launch of the standard road car.
Built by a specialist team from the Product Engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon and codenamed ‘Project P’, the Civic Type R Pickup Truck has been modified and developed from the standard road car to create potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads.
To create the Project P concept, the team used a pre-production version and adapted the design rearwards from the B-pillars of the car, with sweeping lines from the roofline to the back hiding a flatbed loading area in the centre of the car where the rear seats and boot space would normally be.
Finished in Rallye Red, the concept retains the iconic rear wing associated with both the FK2 and FK8 Civic Type R, which, in a clever piece of engineering, is movable to allow direct and unfettered access to the rear of the truck.
Using the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the standard road car, it is estimated Project P will complete the 0-62mph sprint in under six seconds and reach a top speed of over 165mph. It also possesses the same driving modes of comfort, Sport and +R, Project P offering both ride comfort as well as a unique racing capability on track.
Alyn James, project lead, commented: “We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this project was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do. The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”
Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, added: “This Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept by the special team at our Swindon-based plant demonstrates the passion and commitment of the team there – going above and beyond outside working hours to deliver the final product. There are no plans to put this in to production but we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required!”