The Hoonmigan Crew pits a highly modified Honda Civic Type R vs a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak race Car. The Results are shocking!by Dim Angelov, on
The Hoonigan crew is very good at justifying seemingly pointless drag races, between two very different machines. We are very glad they do since today we have another epic stand-off between two high-horsepower machines in the “This vs That” series. “This” is a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak and “That” is a stock-looking, but highly modified Honda Civic Type R.
Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak
We start with the Bentley, which is brought by Rhys Millen. His motorsports resume is impressive and includes achievements like Formula Drift Champion, Unlimited Pikes Peak Champion, and others. He’s done cars in collaboration with Hyundai (Pikes Peak Genesis), Lexus, and now, Bentley.
Being a racecar, the Bentley features some of the most aggressive ground effects of any car. It has a massive rear wing and the front splitter looks just as big. The whole carbon-fiber body is full of air vents that channel air across the body of the car. It’s also very light, at just 3,020 pounds (1,370 kg), which is around 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) less than the Bentley Continental GT, Bentley will sell you.
Low down in the front sits a racing version of Bentley’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that puts out 850 horsepower. Those are sent to the massive (325mm) rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox by Ricardo. The basis for the Pikes Peak Bentley is actually a GT3 racecar.
Honda Civic Type R
The Pikes Peak Bentley is going up against a Honda Civic Type R. The FK8 Civic looks like any other Civic Type R, until you open the hood. Doing so reveals a highly modified K20 C1 engine, which out the box makes 306 horsepower (316 for the EU market). In here, the turbo-four has been fully built – sleeves, ported head, new pistons, and more.
Extra power comes from the “Rampage” turbo-kit, which includes a 45mm Garrett turbocharger and an upgraded intercooler. It also has a Hondata ECU and runs on a 50/50 mix of E85. Everything else is stock and the Type R features a full interior.
Most predictions are in favor of the Bentley, which on paper should demolish the Civic. But numbers only tell you so much. It’s best of three and the first round is a head-to-head, 1,500-foot drag race from a dig. Typical for a GT3 racecar, the Bentley does a slow start, which gives the Civic Type R the lead off the line. However, Bentley’s extra power makes up for it, allowing it to beat the Civic by well over a second.
The second race is a 1,000-foot race from a dig, but Honda gets the hit. Meanwhile, Bentley spits flames, as Rhys is starting up the engine. “Was that a race”, Nads asks? The Honda takes this one, without breaking a sweat. At the same time, Bentley’s battery went flat and after replacing it, the car refused to run at full power.
The third race is a 1,000-foot roll race and unfortunately for the Bentley, it seems “Limp mode” was on, which meant another win for the Civic Type R. With that being said, the first race showed that the Bentley went past the Civic way before the 1,000-foot mark, meaning that if it had full power at its disposal, the Civic probably wouldn’t have stood a change. Unfortunately, you run what you bring and the Bentley just had a bad day. Watch the video below to see what exactly happened.