#FastFriday: Does a Civic Type R With Professional Backing Guarantee Success?

United Speed Racing is bringing a 2017 Honda Civic Type R with 492 horsepower and a parts catalog's worth of modifications to our Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge. Does the backing of a professional shop give them an advantage over the home-brewed teams? Or does it take more than that to win?

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge, held during the HyperFest weekend, is our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The rules are simple: Car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection. Period.

See some of the other amazing machines our fourth round of invitees have brought:

Clayton's 2018 Ligier JS P3

Clayton—just a single name was listed on the form, so maybe it's like Cher or Madonna—is hoping that the best chance at winning the UTCC relies upon a purpose-built 2018 Ligier JS P3 that prioritizes simplicity over complexity: No traction control or antilock brakes here. Does less truly equal more when it comes to winning on the track?

Eric Ingram's 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, "The Battleship"

Eric Ingram's 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06—known as "The Battleship" at its home circuit at NCM Motorsports Park—is described as fast and reliable despite its age. The Z06 platform has potential, but does this particular work horse have what it takes to stick it to the competition? 

 

Check out the rest of the accepted entries, and let us know if you think you have what it takes to win.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack in association with Wilwood Disc Brakes and XClutch, with trophies from BimmerWorldFalken TireHoosier TireSPA Technique, and Aeromotive.

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