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Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

Orbis Electric’s Civic Type R loses the stock rear wheels for pair of electric motors, providing a combined 100 horses to the hot hatch.

Honda-Tech is bringing you the best of SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas, where the showgirls aren’t the only hot ticket in town. There are plenty of wild Honda builds for you to check out, so let’s go.

You thought the Civic Type R was already wild on its own? Wait until you see this 2017 Type R hybrid from Orbis Electric of Mill Valley, California (located 14 miles north of San Francisco).

Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

Nothing was changed under the hood of Orbis’ Type R, but the stock rear wheels were ditched in favor of their Ring-Wheel system. The Ring-Wheel uses a “3-pointed stationary bearing spider” to directly attach the wheel to the suspension.

Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

The setup amounts to a moment of inertia matching that of “a conventional carbon composite wheel,” and can accomodate a continuous brushless motor weighing 31 pounds and delivering 50 horsepower.

Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

Thus, this Civic Type R gains not only all-wheel drive, but a total of 100 horses and 70 lb-ft of torque on demand on top of the 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque put out by the 2.0-liter K20C1 turbo-four, all through a pair of 19×8 wheels.

Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

Cool hybrids are a rare sight, especially ones as cool as this Type R. We can’t wait to see what Orbis does next.

Orbis Electric Honda Civic Type R

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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