The Type R badge is something that’s had a significant history under the red Honda emblem. Since the adoption of anything Type R in the US, the release of the FK8 was almost like the modern reboot of a cult classic sports flick. This time around we get one of the Hemsworth brothers instead of Patrick Swayze much like an added turbo and over the top aero styling. Some things stay the same though. We still get the conspicuously red seats and Foreigner makes an appearance on the soundtrack.
Investing in an intercooler shows some similarities to going to college. Hear me out. When that acceptance letter arrives, it’s understood that there’s a lot of money about to be spent as a down payment on the future. Some of us might have held a job or two while in school, but the general idea is complete your degree, and get your dream job, or at least something that is enough to pay off those loans. A bigger intercooler is an investment in your Civic Type R’s future, especially for those who are … Continue Reading ››
It goes without saying that the intercooling system is an integral part of any turbocharged vehicle. What’s the sense of trying to cram more air into the cylinders if it can’t be compressed that easily. In fact, that almost defeats the entire point of having a turbo installed on your engine. For those of you who have a craving to crank up the heat on your hot-Honda by lowering your intake temps, we already devised a solution for you. However, much like how your CTR transports you from A to B, your chilled charged air still requires a delivery method. [caption … Continue Reading ››
When it comes to shopping for an upgraded intercooler, the first thing any of us look for is the temperature drop figure. For our new design, that information has still yet to come. For now, we’ll focus on the next most interesting specification, which, naturally, is the size of the core. In the case of our new core, that number is 1003mm³. That might just look like a number, but compared to the stock unit, it’s a 169% increase in size. One-hundred and sixty nine percent. Crushed it. How does the number compare, … Continue Reading ››
Honda might have changed the game in the world of hot-hatches with the latest generation of the Civic Type R, but if you recall from the stock review, the FK8’s intercooling system barely met the classification of “gamechanger.” We’re already well on our way to elevating the Type R’s charged air heat exchanger to that level, as we covered in our last post, but what about the piping? After all, the car is an ecosystem and can only be as strong as its weakest component. Discussing the new piping requires a brief … Continue Reading ››