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Honda builds a Civic Type-R pickup

by Ben Hsu

The one-off ute might set a Nurburgring lap record.

Honda has created a pickup version of the Civic Type R. It's just like the regular Type R, but with the rear seats and rear doors removed.

Actually, it would probably be more accurate to call it a ute, since it is based on a unibody passenger car, albeit one with a 306-horsepower turbo four. The car was the brain-child of engineers at the special projects team at HUM, which stands for Honda UK Manufacturing, in Swindon, England.

The team worked on so-called Project P during off-hours. The car started out as a standard Rallye Red Civic Type R, but engineers chopped the roof and hatch off aft of the B-pillars, creating a small bed with an upward-lifting tailgate. The factory adjustable wing is retained, but Honda UK says that can be moved to allow access to the bed.

With the stock engine and 6-speed transmission under the hood, the team estimates a 0-62 time of under six seconds and a top speed of 165 mph. Project lead Alyn James says they are considering taking it to the Nurburgring to snatch a record for world's fastest front-wheel-drive pickup. They would probably succeed too, given that the regular Civic Type R is a record holder itself.

The car is also reminiscent of the 1999 Honda Spocket concept, but like that show car, there are no plans to put the Type R pickup into production. The team says it they will likely use it to haul Honda power tools and lawn products in haste, though.