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[RO] O vizita in centrul perfectiunii: SPOON SPORTS, Japonia

In primul rand, inainte de a incepe acest articol, am doar o singura precizare: lumea automobilelor este o lume magica, plina de oameni pasionati si speciali, oameni care se dedica intru totul obiectului pasiunii lor. Romain – initiatorul proiectului Okutan102 – este fix omul despre care vorbesc, care a strabatut lumea in lung si in lat in cautarea povestilor, oamenilor sau obiectelor de legenda. Dintr-un  nou capitol al sectiunii Autopedia bazat pe istoria brandului Honda cat si a celor conexe, va prezint azi prima parte  – vizita oficiala la sediul Spoon Sports din Japonia.

In Europa, definitia unei modificari aduse unei masini se rezuma la o combinatie de piese, numere si specificatii, rezultatul scontat fiind de cele mai multe ori “Harder, better, faster, stronger”. De cele mai multe ori se alege puterea in defavoarea altor detalii ori elementele de design exterior, menite sa schimbe aspectul autoturismului, fara a afecta (sau ajuta) performanta acestuia. 

Insa pe cealalta parte se regasesc pasionatii, oamenii care isi petrec sute de ore testand combinatii, cautand solutia perfecta pentru a aduce un echilibru intre toate modificarile aduse autoturismului pe care il reprezinta, astfel incat rezultatul sa nu fie doar o cifra, cat si o senzatie aparte. 

Prin 1988, Tatsuru Ichishima – savantul nebun din spatele Spoon Sports –  are ideea  destul de traznita sa puna pirostriile companiei ce astazi poarta blazonul Spoon Sports. Fiind un fost pilot de teste oficial al Honda Co. Japan, Tatsuru a crezut mereu cu tarie in ideea de ECHILIBRU. O masina nu are nevoie sa fie puternica cat are nevoie sa fie ECHILIBRATA si bine proportionata, fiecare surub avand rolul lui in toata aceasta istorie. Ba mai mult de atat, el a militat mereu spre modificarile cat mai in conformitate cu originalul, de aceea astazi el unul din singurii tuneri din zona Honda care si-a restrans paleta de produse doar la elemente de performanta, esentiale, necesare. Sau dupa cum el bine a zis intr-un interviu mai vechi, s-a rezumat mereu la imbunatatirea unei Honde, asa cum ar fi trebuit ea sa iasa din fabrica. 

Filozofia din spatele Spoon Sports – echilibrul, calitatea ingineriei si seriozitatea acestuia au dus numele de Spoon Sports printre tunerii oficiali aliniati de catre Honda direct. 

In afara Japoniei, numele de Spoon Sports a putut fi auzit undeva incepand cu sfarsitul anilor ’90, cand motorul de pe celebrul EK9 semnat de Spoon Sports – B16B – a reusit performanta celor 11,000 rpm, in Statele Unite devenind rapid de tot o vedeta, iar vanzarile tunerului au luat avant pe tot continentul. Europa l-a primit cu bratele deschise, doar ca putin mai tarziu, prin anii 2000, cu ocazia jocului Gran Turismo 2, unde printre masini gaseai Spoon Civic Type-R EK9, Spoon Integra Type-R DC2 cat si Spoon S2000. 

Spoon nu si-a uitat totusi activitatea preferata – motorsportul – in ultimii ani, numele companiei nipone putand fi regasit prin competitiile 24 Hours of Nurburgring (Honda S2000), 25 Hours of Thunderhill (Honda FIT & CR-Z), sau multe alte participari in cadrul Super Taikyu, cea mai mare serie de curse de anduranta din Japonia.

Motorsportul reprezinta crema cremelor pentru Spoon, fiind totusi cea mai buna modalitate de testare in mediu si timp real a pieselor gandite, create si manufacturate de Spoon, inainte de a incepe instalarea si comercializarea acestora la nivel global. 

In orice caz, atmosfera din cadrul sediului Spoon Sports cat si a garajului Type One lasa o amprenta foarte clara atat a filozofiei lui Tatsuru cat si a activitatii grupului, experienta acestei vizite fiind mai mult decat una speciala. 

Mii de multumiri Okutan102

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[PHOTO] Preview of the new Honda Civic Type-R

[EN] Paris 2014: Honda goes sport, or not quite – Civic Sport Edition

Less than 10 days remaining till its official launch in Paris, time in which Honda is revealing some  details about their new Civic Sport – sort to say the new Type-S, but they don’t call it like that, so I won’t, either.

Sport – but not so sport – the new Civic will keep some visual elements borrowed from the Type-R, sport elements that will be combined with the same engines from the standard version – the 1.8-litre I-VTEC, 142 PS petrol engine and 1.6-litre i-DTEC, 120 PS diesel engine. And by saying visual, I meant to say only this – no improvements  or upgrades  will be applied on the technical sheet.

The exterior will feature a new front bumper with a lower grille mesh and a black roof lining for the cabin, details that are echoing the design of the forthcoming Type-R.

But in the same time, Honda is upgrading a little bit also the standard Civic, so the changes will be adopted by the Sport derivative as well – new headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, redesigned new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and LED taillights.

The interior will feature some changes regarding the in-car entertainment – by adding the all-new in-car audio and information system – Honda Connect. This new information system runs on Android 4.0.4 and offers beside media facilities some others functions like Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation (optional) and rear-view parking camera. Long story short – a new all-in media unit.

The new Civic Sport and the other novelties will be presented in Paris, on the 2nd of October, during the Paris AutoShow.

[EN][PHOTO] The new Civic Type-R, exposed

Just a few hours left until the official launch of the new Civic Type-R Concept, as they call it – but we mostly know that this one will be also the one that will hit the showrooms – ladies and gents, the new R baby from Honda is almost here.

She is described by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’ rather than a high performance version of a road car – she is not coming with the most extreme CV or not even she’s not set to break all the records on the hot-hatches market (probably just the sales record, which is indeed a good thing).  But she’s bringing something new on the market, and this time I am not talking just about design.

“Type R represents Honda’s racing spirit. It is built with a passion for motorsport.”

Masaru Hasegawa – Chief Stylist, Civic Type R

This appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is something big for the Japanese constructor, indeed – not only the new Civic Type-R will be released, but also the new Castrol Civic will be revealed, version that will take its well deserved place in the WTCC competition. 

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As we already know it, the Type-R will be the first Honda that will feature one of  the newest VTEC turbo-charged engines developed by the Japanese constructor, with a total output declared around 280 HP.  So goodbye aspirated VTEC, welcome into the new era, which is not that new for Honda, if we take a far look behind…

Although turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production lines in Europe for some time, this is not something new for the Nippon company – Honda’s first turbo engine was seen in 1988 – the RA168E used in Formula One, which brought new heights for the Japanese constructor the most race victories (15 out of 16), the most Constructors points (199) and the most one-two finishes (10). 

But the turbo-mania doesn’t stop here, because Honda featured the setup – or something similar – for some of the cars they sold outside the European market  – the 1988 Honda Legend was equipped with a 2.0-litre 24-valve V6 engine with a variable “Wing Turbo” that could regulate exhaust stream and efficiently utilize charging pressure, followed by some Acura RDX versions, that were using combined Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control (VTC).  Also, the Japanese market had for many years the City Turbo version, which returned in 2012 under the name of N-One Turbo – 660 cmc DOHC, with a total output of 65 HP.

There are thousands of words that can be written here, stories about history and tales of the heritage behind – but one thing is for sure – Honda is bringing that quelque chose that was missing here, and I am more than anxious – in a good way – to see it in person.

 

[EN] Turbo-VTEC-freak: 2015 Honda Civic Type-R

We saw teasers, camouflaged cars, we heard rumours about it – right before the start of the Tokyo Auto Show, Honda reveals the new and long waited Civic Type-R, without any kind of inhibitions. And she rocks!

2.0 liter and an output of 280 HP – that’s what Honda is bringing new to the table, everything coming our from the newest turbocharged – VTEC engine from Honda, EURO 6 compliant. This engine is a bold move for Honda, and it will be in premiere on the European market.

The car was presented yesterday, in Japan, but the video presented below was filmed at the Nurburgring circuit , in Germany; Gabriele Tarquini, the pilot who took the new turbocharged  CTR for a spin stated that: ” ‘The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved…The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction’. ‘This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R.

As many of you already know, the official launching of this car is postponed for 2015, but we will have more details later this week, from Tokyo.

[EN/RO][VIDEO] Honda Civic Type-R, spied

Looks like the new CTR has been spied on the Nürburgring two days ago, wearing the well-known camouflage clothes so that nobody will suspect anything. Well… To be honest, we do suspect! A lot!

Last year, during the press conference of Paris Auto Show, when they showcased the WTCC Race Car and presented its newest engine – 1.6-liter 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, we received a tip that something similar to this engine will be used for the newest generation of the Type-R. Nothing certain, just that the engine will be around 1,6 and turbo-charged.

Rumor has it  the engine will have an output like around 300 HP, due to the fact that the hot-hatches market raised its stack to minimum 260 HP, but it’s not likely to surpass this number. Also, let’s not forget that at the moment of the announcement, the car’s main target was to s

In this spy photos we can easily observe the aggressive look – the double exhaust pipes, the large intercooler, the wide body-kit – though to be honest, it looks more like a tuned version. But we will see – when? Most probably in 2014 we will have a concept @ Geneva’s Auto Show, who knows?

Se pare ca frumosul si mult asteptatul Type-R a fost vazut plimbandu-se linistit pe Nürburgring, acum doua zile, camuflat pana in dinti, sa nu dea de banuit…

Despre noul CTR scriam anul trecut, dupa intalnirea de presa de la Salonul Auto de la Paris, cand Honda a prezentat noul model Civic  construit special pentru campionatul WTCC, exemplar ce venea echipat cu un motor 1,6 l turbo, moment ce a deviat discutia spre subiectul nostru: Civic Type-R. Oficialii au negat ca acesta va fi motorul folosit pentru noua generatie, insa au apreciat ca valorile se vor regasi undeva in aceeasi gama si cilindree, iar noul motor va fi un turbo.

Cateva luni mai tarziu, ne ajunge la ureche zvonul ca noul CTR va dezvolta undeva in jurul a 300CP, daca nu chiar mai mult de atat (intr-un setup ulterior), intrucat concurenta a ridicat destul de mult stafeta in categoria hothatches. Oricum, noul Type-R este binevenit, ba chiar foarte asteptat de catre fanii Honda, deoarece in ultimii ani a cam disparut adevaratul sinonim al “sport & performance” din cataloagele de fabrica Honda (nu vorbesc de motorsport, ci doar de strada). Niponii mai au putin de completat la gama de autovehicule sport oferite pentru a putea intregi gama de modele – insa nu este exclus sa avem parte de inca cateva noi modele in viitorul apropiat, inclusiv un roadster – un zvon tacit ne vorbeste despre reinvierea micului Beat, dar ramane de vazut (va tin eu la curent, fiti fara griji).

Noul CTR se anunta a fi prezentat undeva la mijlocul anului viitor, insa noi il asteptam la Geneva, in Martie, cel putin sub forma de concept.