• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

TOMY COMPANY,LTD had a present campaign from January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.

It was a sweepstakes scheme that we could apply for by collecting 5 pieces of barcodes printed in the box of commercially available Tomica.

“CIVIC TYPE R HONDA CUSTOMER RACING STUDY 2018 specification Frankfurt Motor Show exhibited car” of Tomica not for sale was prepared as a winning product.

 

It was a limited edition finished to the Frankfurt Motor Show specification based on No.58 Civic Type R of the standard Tomica, and 10,000 units had been prepared.

I had thought that it might not get because it is difficult to purchase even the first limited edition that is prepared on the launch of the new product of the standard Tomica.

However, I was able to get it somehow by preparing barcodes of 20 units of Tomica and applying 4 times.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY

 

 

Since there were no signs of being sent even when May started, I gave up.

For that reason, it was very happy when the product arrived.

Civic Type R of No.58 Tomica which was the base of it is a miniature car toy with high accuracy, such as clear resin being used for headlights and red lines of side sills being reproduced.

Therfore, I opened my packaging box with excitement.

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY OUTER BOXThe outer box was bare, probably because it was the product not for sale (The regular products are rapped by film).

In addition, it was disappointing that the outer box was slightly damaged as the shock absorption of the packing box was not good enough.

However, the large red H mark and the letters of Official Licensed Product are drawn on the side part of the outer box, and the tachometer illustration and the red zone containing the letters of CUSTOMER RACING STUDY are drawn on the main part.

Those decorations make it feel special.

Furthermore, the finish of Civic Type R (FK8 type) of Tomica not for sale taken out had greatly surpassed Tomica No.58 of the regular product.

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY AND NORMAL VERSION

 

The Tomica not for sale is painted in matte black, while the standard Tomica No.58 has a glossy white color finish.

Civic Type R actually exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show looked like a gun metallic color, but this miniature car toy has a very powerful finish thanks to its matte body.

By the way, it is written in the outer box as “the 2018 specification Frankfurt motor show exhibition car”, but it is an odd year that a car and a motorbike show are held in Frankfurt (a commercial car show is held in an even year).

This Tomica not for sale seems to reproduct Civic Type R exhibited at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY FRONT VIEWThis die cast miniature car toy adopts clear resin for the headlight same as Civic Type R of the standard Tomica No.58.

Furthermore, in addition to the red emblem H emblem which shows type R, the red decoration of the bonnet and the bumper is reproduced correctly.

What’s even more impressive is the precise finish of the sticker of CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY above the windshield.

The high perfection of the front mask can be said to be the Tomica premium level.

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY SIDE VIEWThe red decorations on the side and the large sticker of CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY are also accurately reproduced.

The wheel is a common type of Tomica, but the rim part is painted in red color same as Civic Type R of the standard Tomica No.58.

The red decoration of the roof part is also reproduced properly, and the side view is also excellent as well as the front view.

 

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY REAR VIEWThis die cast miniature car toy reproduces the upper black part of the rear wing with PVC resin as well as Civic Type R of the standard Tomica No.58.

Furthermore, both sides supporting the rear wing are painted in red color as well as the actual show model, and the red decoration underneath is also accurately reproduced.

The rear combination lamp is represented by silver paint on the turn signal lamp part and red paint on the stop lamp part, like the standard Tomica No.58.

Clear resin is not used, but the specifications of each part are reproduced marvelously, and the rear view is also finished to the extremely high level.

 

 

Perhaps because the production number is as low as 10000 units, Civic Type R Honda CUSTOMER RACING STUDY 2018 specification Frankfurt Motor Show exhibit car of Tomica not for sale was the miniature car of the extremely high completion.

The work of cutting the barcode from the outside box and attaching it to the postcard had been quite troublesome, but I thought it was really good to have applied for the present campaign.

 

The scale of this die cast miniature car is 1/64 and the actual size is about 71 mm.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY SCALE

 

 

 

【About actual HONDA CIVIC TYPE R】

 

◆The 1st generation CIVIC TYPE R (EK9 type) 1997-2000

 

The 1st generation Honda Civic Type R (EK9 type) was developed based on the 6th generation Civic and was released in 1997.

 

Type R is the highest grade of the sports model set to Honda vehicles.

In the 6th generation Civic, there was a sports grade called Si-R which mounted a DOHC VTEC engine, but Type R was added as a model with further enhanced power performance.

 

The 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC “B16B type” engine dedicated to Civic Type R generated 185 PS / 8, 200 rpm, 16.3 kgf ・ m / 7,500 rpm.

As well as other Type R, such as Honda Integra, thorough weight saving is carried out, and a steering made by MOMO company and a red semi-bucket seat made by RECARO company were adopted in the interior.

 

 

◆The 2nd generation CIVIC TYPE R (EP3 type) 2001-2005

 

The 2nd generation Civic Type R (EP3 type) was developed based on the European specification Civic 3 door and manufactured at the Swindon plant in the United Kingdom.

In Japan, sales began in December 2001.

EP3 type Civic Type R was equipped with the 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC “K20A type” engine that generated 215 PS / 8,000 rpm, 20.6 kgf ・ m / 7,000 rpm.

 

 

◆The 3rd generation CIVIC TYPE R of Japan specification (FD2 type) 2007-2010

 

For the 3rd generation Civic Type R, there were a Japan specification (FD2 type) and a Europe specification (FN2 type) made in the United Kingdom.

 

Civic Type R (FD2 type) of Japan specification was developed based on the 8th generation Civic and was released in March 2007.

It appeared as type R of 4-door sedan for the first time in six years since the production end of Honda Integra Type R.

 

Although the engine was 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC “K20A type” same as the 2nd generation, it generated 165 kW (225 PS) / 8,000 rpm, 215 N ・ m (21.9 kgf ・ m) / 6,100rpm due to review of intake and exhaust system.

Until now, Civic Type R adopted the RECARO sheet, but FD 2 Type R adopted the Honda original Rspec seat.

 

 

◆The 3rd generation CIVIC TYPE R of Europe specification (FN2 type) 2007-2012

 

Civic Type R (FN2 type) of Europe specification was developed based on the 3rd generation Europe Civic and was released in 2007.

Unlike Japan specification, Type R of Europe specification was a 3 door hatchback same as the predecessor.

Although the K20A type engine same as Japan specification was installed, the output slightly suppressed to 148 kW (201 PS) / 7,800 rpm, 193 N ・ m (19.7 kgf ・ m) / 5,600 rpm.

 

The FN2 type Civic Type R was imported into Japan as “CIVIC TYPE R EURO” and sold as limited units.

It was sold for 2,010 units in 2009 and 1,500 units in 2010, and finished selling in 2016.

The price was 2,857,143 yen, about 150,000 yen higher than Japan specification.

 

 

◆The 4th generation CIVIC TYPE R (FK2 type) 2015-2016

 

The 4th generation Civic Type R (FK2 type) was developed based on the 5-door hatchback which is the European specification of the 9th generation Civic (FB type).

In March 2015, FK2 type Civic Type R measured lap time at the Nurburgring North course and recorded 7 minutes 50 seconds 63.

About 4 seconds faster than the record of Renault Megane R.S.275 Trophy R, FK2 type Civic Type R updated the fastest time in mass production FF cars at that time.

 

Instead of conventional naturally aspirated engines, FK2 type Civic Type R is equipped with “K20C type” turbo engine.

A small mono scroll turbo and a continuously variable valve timing control mechanism are adopted to increase output and response.

K20C type engine which thoroughly pursued combustion technology and cooling performance generated 228 kW (310 PS) / 6,500 rpm, 400 N ・ m (40.8 kgf ・ m) / 2,500 rpm – 4,500 rpm.

 

The FK2 type Civic Type R has designed exclusively for almost all of the chassis such as suspension, brake, tire, etc. in order to reliably transmit power greatly upgraded by turbo conversion to the road surface.

The shock absorber adopts “Adaptive damper system” which controls the damping force by the electromagnetic coil inside the piston.

The front suspension adopts “Dual axis strut type” which has a steering axis and an input axis from the road surface, and considerably reduces torque steering.

 

In Japan, request for purchasing FK2 type Civic Type R was made on October 2015 on Honda’s exclusive website.

Sales units were limited to 750 (550 units for Championship white and 200 units for Crystal black pearl).

 

 

◆The 5th generation CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type) 2017-present

 

The 5th generation Civic Type R (FK8 type) has been on sale in Japan since September 2017.

The successive Civic Type R had been manufactured by strengthening the body rigidity and engine etc of the ordinary Civic.

However, FK8 type Civic Type R was developed at the same time as the ordinary model from the design stage.

As a result, the running performance of the ordinary model is improved, while improving the practical performance of Type R.

Type R and hatchback model are produced in the UK, but sedan model is produced in Japan.

 

FK8 type Civic Type R is equipped with a 2.0-liter K20C type VTEC turbo engine same as the FK2 type.

In addition to improving cooling performance by introducing the water-cooled exhaust manifold etc., it is doing thorough weight saving by the ultra lightweight crank train etc.

Furthermore, by adopting the electric wastegate capable of flexible supercharging pressure control, the maximum output is increased to 330 PS.

In addition, due to the effect of multistage direct injection system etc., fuel efficiency is also improved.

 

The rear suspension of FK8 type Civic Type R is changed to multi-link type, and the tread is expanded 65 mm compared to FK2 type.

On the other hand, the front suspension is the dual axis strut type same as FK2 type.

In addition, agile handling assist that manages 4 brakes individually and controls the behavior of the vehicle is adopted, and the handling performance is improved.

 

FK8 type Civic Type R has recorded 7 minutes 43 seconds 80 at the Nurburgring North course that was about 7 seconds faster than FK2 type.

FK8 type Civic Type R is not limited production, but sold as a catalog model.

As the body color, “Flame Red” and “Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic” are prepared in addition to “Championship White” and “Crystal Black Pearl” which were set for FK2 type.

 

 

■ Specifications of HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (2017 model)

[Overall length] 4,560 mm

[Overall width] 1,875 mm

[Overall height] 1,435 mm

[Wheel base] 2,700 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1,390 kg

[Driving method] FF

[Engine] 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC turbo (K20C type)

[Maximum output] 320 ps (235 kW) / 6500 rpm

[Maximum torque] 40.8 kgm (400 Nm) / 2500 – 4500 rpm

[Transmission] 6-speed MT

[Sales price in Japan (excluding tax)] 4,167,000 yen