This $55,000 Civic Si is Designed to Dominate the Race Track
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The 2022 Honda Civic saw huge updates, bringing new exterior design, new interior tech, and a lot of sportiness with the Civic Si. But while we ache for the top-dog Civic Type R, Honda’s performance division, HPD has dropped off the new Civic Si FE1, which is very different from the road-going examples. Compared to the Civic Type R, the Civic Si FE1, a race car, has more aggressive bodywork and sportier detailing. Honda will launch the Civic Si FE1 race car in November 2022, at the cool price of two standard Civics.
Honda Performance Development announces the Civic Si FE1, a race car iteration of the 11th-generation Civic. With the new 2022 Civic, Honda has been judged for going backward in design and not forward. But that is not the case with the Si FE1, since it has sportier body panels like the more comprehensive front bumper with a massive lower grille, HPD racing livery, and lightweight blacked-out wheels. The rear benefits from an enormous wing that sits above the trunk lid and a sports exhaust system with Borla Performance downpipes. The Civic Si FE1 sports six-piston calipers from Wilwood, Pagid RST3 brake pads, and slotted rotors for the utmost braking performance.
Unlike the road-version of the Civic, the Si FE1 has shaved off some weight to shine on the racetrack. In addition, the guys at the HPD have removed the sunroof, all the sound-proofing elements inside the cabin, body seam filler, and even the air-conditioning. Instead, the race-spec Si has a roll cage to ensure driver safety because racetracks are unpredictable. Inside the cabin is an OMP lightweight steering wheel with Alcantara-type material wrapping it. A small Motec C127 fully-digital driver’s display is placed on the driver-side dashboard. A center-mounted display on the dashboard will potentially display lap timings and other car-related info.
Like the Civic Si, the Civic Si FE1 is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, mated to a six-speed close-ratio manual, with a reinforced 4th gear and a front-wheel-drive system. The driver can choose between five engine power modes. Like the Civic Si, the SI FE1’s engine has the same 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. However, Honda claims that the latter weighs 600 pounds less than the standard Si, and the power-to-weight ratio will be better. As for cornering stability, there is a limited-slip differential and Bilstein adjustable dampers on all-four sides. However, the suspension system differs greatly from the one found on the standard Civic Si.
The Civic Si FE1 will be built in the exact location where the Acura NSX and other performance cars from Acura are made, in Ohio. When launched, it will be offered at $55,000.