As you know I am a huge fan of the current Civic Type R from Honda (as a matter a fact I am a fan of the entire tenth generation Civic line and am even considering picking up a CTR for myself here in the near future) and though the car already makes plenty of power, most enthusiasts (and I don’t blame them at all) want to further customize the car and make even more. There are a ton of parts currently available for the CTR but a big issue when chasing power numbers, especially with modern direct injected cars, is fuel and the inability to give the engine more of it as it chases higher power figures. Thankfully here comes the team from Hondata to our rescue by introducing their Honda Civic Type R Fuel System Upgrade Kit.
The kit includes new injectors, fuel tank pump, direct injection pump and lines, all rated for higher fuel flow, as well as a Hondata FlashPro with several ECU tunes. Because Hondata is marketing this toward Type R owners who will likely be further modifying their cars, the most basic Type R they’ve tested with is one with an upgraded intercooler and high-flow catalytic converter. On that car, running on 91-octane fuel, the fuel system and tune increased power by 57 ponies and torque by a major 90 pound-feet. Totals were 375 horsepower and 424 pound-feet. Let’s check out the dyno chart.
It is possible to get similar numbers with Hondata’s FlashPro alone, which costs $695, plus a $500 fee for unlocking the factory ECU to be tuned, a more affordable option as compared to the $2,850 fuel system upgrade. However, to get those similar gains, you’ll be running higher octane, possibly an ethanolblend. Also, the fuel system upgrade provides more overhead for substantially more power. Going to a 46% ethanol and 91 octane gasoline blend allowed Hondata to bring power to 415 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque. Adding a turbo upgrade, a test pipe in place of the catalytic converter and 40% ethanol brought power all the way to 477 horsepower and torque to 438 pound-feet. Calibrations for all of these versions are included in the kit.
Hondata shared a dyno of a car with the fuel system, turbo upgrade, several bolt-ons and racing fuel making a tasty 550 horsepower and 482 pound-feet of torque. That was a custom tune and isn’t included from Hondata, but it’s an example of what a tuner can do with the software and the expanded fuel capabilities. I love seeing the constant push on this platform and the continued growth in what is possible. Check out Hondata’s website for a full line of their products.