We’re a big fan of peculiar mash-ups here in the Petrol News office: Mayochup, McBusted, the list goes on. But Honda has just blown minds with this: a Civic Type R pickup truck.
Basically, a specialist team from the product engineering department at Honda’s Swindon factory took a standard Civic Type R and drastically modified the rear half to create an open load bay.
The result is potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world.
Codenamed ‘Project P’, the team used a pre-production Type R and adapted the design rearwards from the B-pillars of the car, with sweeping lines from the roofline to the back hiding a flatbed loading area in the centre of the car where the rear seats and boot space used to be.
All this modification fortunately doesn’t mean the Type R’s iconic rear wing has been left on the workshop floor and, thanks to a clever piece of engineering, the wing is movable to allow direct access to the rear of the truck.
Because all the changes have been contained to the car’s exterior, the pickup uses the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the standard road car.
That means it can clear a 0-62mph sprint in under six seconds before racing off to a top speed of over 165mph.
Alyn James, who led the project, said the pickup was a fantastic opportunity for the special projects division at the Swindon factory to show just what their creative minds could do.
“The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck,” he commented.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “This Civic Type R pickup is an amazing piece of work, so it’s sad to hear that Honda has no plans to put it into production.”
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