Honda Civic Type R crate engine available now with ECU and wiring harness
If you're looking to ramp up your Honda's performance, this is the solution for you
If you're a fan of or owner of anything Honda, then you know that nothing in their current four cylinder lineup really compares to the Honda Civic Type R's turbocharged K20C1 engine.
Typically the K20C1 is the engine amateur and entry level race teams use for an engine swap when they're looking for more power and performance. Now, thanks to Honda Performance Development, HPD, and their addition of a more complete Type R crate engine package that includes the ECU, wiring setup and more, those teams can do so much easier.
In 2017 HPD announced the Type R crate engine and now the addition of the HPD Controls Package, the Type R crate engine is a very complete package.
What you get with the crate engine itself is the Type R's 2.0 liter block, starter, alternator, turbocharger, intake and direct fuel injection system. Other parts that you'll need include transmission, clutch, flywheel, low pressure fuel system, intercooler and cooling system. Depending of course on what type of racing you want to do and what your plans are parts like an exhaust system and air box would need to be sorted out, but additional parts can be purchased through HPD or one of it's approved vendors via their touring car and open wheel catalogs.
While the original crate engine package is great, what you get with new version, the HPD Controls Package is very much worth the money. You get an ECU, which has been developed and calibrated by HPD. It is designed for track use and offers safety parameters that you're not likely to get from an aftermarket standalone. HPD has designed an engine harness that includes flying leads for power, ground, ignition and incorporates external engine support systems like the radiator fan, fuel pump and more. You also get an accelerator pedal along with clutch and brake switches. Standard CAN data output is included to relay vitals to your digital dash or logger system.
The Type R crate engine is intended for racing, but if you want one you can get it, although there are some restrictions for use, off highway only. And while you don't have to be a Honda Racing line member, a club that nurtures amateur and entry level professional racers who compete with Honda/Acura platforms, to get one of these engines it is recommended.
There have been quite a few engine swaps with the original Type R crate engine and with the HPD Controls Package being added, the number of swaps is expected to go up. HPD themselves has hinted that a group of well known builders are already underway installing the new package in a special Honda chassis and we should expect that to be wild.
The original Type R crate engine will run you $6,790 and the new HPD Controls Package version will be available on May 1st and will run you $9,000.