[HOONIGAN] And Indy 500 Winner Alexander Rossi Thrash The Civic Type R

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If you had an open lot to yourself and a new Civic Type R, you’d do exactly what the guys at Hoonigan would do.

Professional tire slayers, Hoonigan, have a new Civic Type R to thrash. While all of the cars stats are already known, there’s one aspect of the car that hasn’t been touched by most other publications: How much of a thrashing can it take.

Employing the use of 2016 Indy500 winner Alexander Rossi, the CTR is put through some things Honda might have never expected. Burn outs, E-brake burnouts, reverse burnouts, drag races and… a LeMans style start with an S2000? Yeah, we’re sure that last one wasn’t on Honda’s R&D check list.

A few things start to become clear when you try to do a burnout. It actually has too much grip. Forward burnouts will drag the rear wheels along, and even with water, it take a whole team of guys to hold the car back from the grip of the front tires.

So, while it might not be a great burnout machine, its inability to hoon is a pretty good indicator that it’s all about grip and the track. While that might take away a tiny bit of fun, we can’t fault Honda for making the Civic Type R as focused and purposeful as can be.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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