Honda (UK) is giving one lucky winner exclusive access to the ‘ultimate’ Honda Civic Type R Mugen Concept as it enters the final stage of development in Japan.

The winner will get the chance to ride in the new prototype as it is put through its paces by Mugen test drivers during its final high-speed shakedown at the Honda Twin-Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.

They will meet the engineers responsible for the car’s development and will also get an insider’s tour of the Mugen factory and a visit to the Honda Collection Hall Museum for a chance to soak up Honda’s racing and road car heritage.

“In standard trim, the Civic Type R is a thrilling machine to drive,” says Hiro Toyoda, Vice President of Mugen Euro, the Northampton-based Mugen division that is masterminding the new car’s development in Japan. “It is a fantastic base model from which we hope to develop one of the quickest point to point front-wheel-drive road cars in the country.”

To enhance the performance of the already-impressive Civic Type R, MUGEN EURO will tune Honda’s 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine to produce more power and torque, as well as developing the brakes, exhaust and suspension. Externally, the Civic will take on an even more aggressive appearance, with a new aerodynamic package including a larger rear boot spoiler.