VTEC just kicked in: Honda crate engine lets you Type R anything

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Honda will now sell you its legendary K20C1 motor as a crate engine, so you can get the VTEC effect in whatever project you fancy.

The kit, sold by Honda Performance Development (HPD) includes a controls package for the engine which has powered HPD’s Type R TC and TCR race cars, and F4 single seaters.

The engine was previously only available to Honda Racing Line members and race teams, but is being offered to the public for racing and other off-highway uses. Sadly, the motor isn’t road-ready—although you can expect someone to get around that.

The engine includes the long block, alternator, turbo, and starter motor, along with the Controls Package that bundles the HPD ECU, engine swap harness, and accelerator pedal. It comes pre-tuned and has been designed for easy installation.

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“Our K20C1 engines have won many races in club and professional series and is now available for a wide range of applications,” says John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports. “The new limited-edition crate engine package is part of HPD’s strategy to leverage our pinnacle expertise for the benefit of Honda fans of all ages and motorsports categories.”

The crate engine will be available from May through four official HPD dealers: United Speed Racing, Science of Speed, Mountune USA, and 4Piston Racing who will also sell additional HPD tuning parts.

The engine itself costs $6790, and the Controls Package comes in at $2210 for a grand total of $9000. Expect to see some interesting cars with Type R power start appearing at track days and club events very soon.

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