rFactor 2 – Honda Civic Type R BTCC Announced

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Motorsport Games and Studio 397 have announced a new car for rFactor 2 as part of the upcoming 2023 Q1 content drop, adding the Honda Civic Type R BTCC to the existing rF2 British Touring Car Championship field.

The new Honda Civic Type R will be joining the already available Vauxhall Astra,  BMW 330e M Sport, Hyundai i30 Fastback N PerformanceToyota Corolla GRInfiniti Q50, and Ford Focus ST.

The 2023 Q1 rFactor 2 update and content drop are scheduled to be deployed on Tuesday, 21st February.

Official Webpage – www.studio-397.com – The rFactor 2 Racing Simulator is available via Steam for €29,99.

Studio 397 Quote:

One of the absolute standout models within the British Touring Car Championship in recent years, the Honda Civic is a sensational performing vehicle that has taken drivers championships in the hands of both Matt Neal and Gordon Sheddon in recent years, and now, in FK8 Type R form, continues that long legacy of success for Honda machinery in the BTCC.

Brought into the championship by crack touring car outfit Team Dynamics, with support from the UK Honda dealer network ahead of the 2021 season, the FK8 Type R has taken a little while to find its feet at the front of the grid, having undergone significant change behind the scenes with first the retirement of team talisman Matt Neal, then the withdrawal of works Honda support, and finally the new driving line-up of returning champion Sheddon, and new teammate Dan Rowbottom. 

With that settling-in period now well and truly behind them, and joined by the incredibly potent driving strength of the BTC racing outfit firmly challenging the established might of Team Dynamics, the Honda is once again proving itself to be an absolute standout car in the highly competitive world of British Touring Car Championship racing. 

Despite being one of the few new models on the grid in 2021, the Honda managed to rack up no less than nine victories across drivers Josh Cook, Sheddon, Dan Cammish and Senna Proctor in 2021, with a further seven race wins coming the way of the car the following year, solidifying the belief that to be in with a chance of taking a title in the British Touring Car Championship, you don’t have to look much further than this outstanding machine.

The Honda Civic Type R will be introduced to rFactor 2 complete with all the teams, drivers, and liveries of both the 2021 and 2022 British Touring Car Championship season, and just like its real-life counterpart, should prove to be an exceptionally popular addition to the tin top field. 

rFactor 2 - Honda Civic Type R BTCC
rFactor 2 - Honda Civic Type R BTCC

For the 2021 British Touring Car Championship season, the Honda Civic Type R was campaigned by both the works Team Dynamics with Cataclean of Daniel Rowbottom (#32) and Gordon Shedden (#52), plus BTC Racing in the hands of Senna Proctor (#18), Dan Cammish (#21) and Josh Cook (#66), with female racer Jade Edwards (#99) running the season under the banner of PHSC with BTC Racing.

2021 would be a very successful year for the car, as Cook and Shedden eventually ended the season in third and sixth position in the drivers’ championship respectively, taking the championship fight in the hands of Cook right down to the wire in what was an exceptionally entertaining season of racing – in the way that only BTCC can regularly produce. 

For 2022, British Touring Car Championship legend Jason Plato (#11) would join the Rich Energy BTC Racing team alongside Cook and Edwards. The former double champion, celebrating his final season of BTCC racing, would sadly fail to add to his tally of 97 career victories in the series, however, teammate Cook proved to once again be a commanding figure in the field, adding another five victories to his account en route to sixth in the final classification, just ahead of stalemate Shedden in the Halfords Racing with Cataclean car, himself with a further 2 outright wins from the season. 

rFactor 2 - Honda Civic Type R BTCC
rFactor 2 - Honda Civic Type R BTCC