11 April 2023 |

New Honda receives Balance of Performance parameters

Honda’s latest TCR challenger based on the recently released FL5 Civic Type R received its Balance of Performance parameters just in time for its international debut last weekend as part of TCR UK at its opening round at Snetterton.

Following Balance of Performance testing by WSC’s Technical Department focusing on a new model’s engine, aerodynamics and Centre of Gravity.

Each TCR model must go through these tests to receive its Balance of Performance measures to ensure close racing across all TCR categories worldwide. Toyota, Lynk & Co, Fiat and Honda have gone through the process recently, with Garry Rogers Motorsport due to follow when its new Peugeot 308 TCR is ready.

Constructed by JAS Motorsport, the FL5 is the third generation Civic to be developed for TCR racing by the long-time Honda collaborator based in Italy.

The Civic Type R FL5 TCR ran Balance of Performance parameters of 1265kg minimum weight with no ballast, 100% power and 80mm ride height.

Reigning TCR UK champion Chris Smiley and Restart Racing gave the FL5 its debut at Snetterton last weekend where it finished third in its maiden appearance before an opening lap incident led to retirement.

Other models competing in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia have also been adjusted in terms of Balance of Performance including the Hyundai i30 N TCR, which has lost 10kg (40 to 30kg) and -10mm ride height (90 to 80mm), GRM’s Peugeot 308 TCRs will lose 10kg also (-40 to -50kg).

Tom Oliphant and Ashley Seward Motorsport will debut its new Lynk & Co 03 TCR Gen 1 at -10 (50 to 40kg) when the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series visits Phillip Island next month.

The recently updated Lynk & Co 03 TCR set to debut at the opening round of the Kumho TCR World Tour at Portimao, Portugal has not received its Balance of Performance measures yet.

The next round of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series is at Phillip Island as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries on May 12-14.