• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Civic Type R is a derivative model of Civic and is a sports car boasting high power performance.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type)

 

The above picture is Civic Type R (FK8 type) of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD on June 16, 2018 in Japan.

Type R is the highest grade of Honda’s sports models.

 

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type) FRONT VIEW

The air intake is installed on the bonnet of FK8 type Civic Type R.

This miniature car toy reproduces the air intake by the shape of die-casting.

However, since the opening part is not painted in black color, there is not much stereoscopic feeling.

 

Tomica usually expresses the headlight with silver paint.

Since the clear resin is used for the headlight of this miniature car toy, the finish of it is better than usual.

 

The thick lateral slit between the headlights and the mesh-shaped air intake are reproduced accurately by the shape of die-casting.

Furthermore, since it is painted in black color, it becomes the powerful finish.

On the other hand, the red Honda emblem at the center of the lateral slit is reproduced by printing, but the TYPE R emblem on the left is not reproduced.

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type) SIDE VIEW

When seeing this die cast miniature car toy from the side, it is confirmed that FK8 type Civic Type R adopts the fairly aggressive design.

The sporty red line of side skirt is reproduced exactly by printing.

The wheel is a common type of Tomica.

However, since the rim part is painted in red, it performs the atmosphere close to the actual car slightly.

 

 

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type) REAR VIEW

The FK8 type Civic Type R is equipped with the vortex generator that reduces air resistance flowing rearward and increases the effectiveness of the rear spoiler.

This miniature car reproduces the vortex generator by the shape of die-casting.

Because of the small parts, the finish of the shape is not so good, but the sense of size is reproduced pretty faithfully.

 

The rear wing of FK8 type Civic Type R has a two-piece structure, which is thinner than before.

This die cast miniature car reproduces the black upper part of the rear wing with PVC resin.

Compared with the body made of zinc alloy, although slightly inferior in texture, it accurately reproduces the subtle euphemism shape.

 

The rear glass of FK8 type Civic Type R adopts the sporty smoke colored glass.

Tomica often finishes the rear glass with black paint when the actual car is equipped with the deep smoke colored glass.

However, this miniature car toy uses the colored clear resin for rear glass, and it is finished to the atmosphere which is pretty close to the actual car.

 

In addition, the CIVIC emblem on the left side, the central Honda emblem, and the right side TYPE R emblem on the right side are accurately reproduced by printing.

On the other hand, the turn signal lamp part is represented by silver color painting and the stop lamp part is represented by red color painting.

Tomica usually expresses the rear combination lamp in red color only, and the finish of the rear view of this miniature car toy is fairly well.

 

 

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

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8 type) SCALE

 

 

The white car on the right is the predecessor Civic Type R (FK2 type).

The scale is the same 1/64, and the color is also the same “Championship White”.

CIVIC TYPE R FK8 type and FK2 type

 

As for the overall finish, I think that the miniature car of FK8 type is better, such as clear resin used for the headlight.

However, the miniature car of FK2 type can open and close the bonnet.

Tomica is a toy for children that can purchase for only 450 yen.

Considering the original purpose, the finish level of the miniature car of FK2 type may be higher than FK8 type.

 

 

 

【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.

 

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