Honda Performance Development has been selling the fantastic Civic Type R's K20C1 as a crate engine for a while now. Starting later this year, though, the company will be offering it with a limited-run "Controls Package" that includes an ECU and wiring harness to make your K-swap that much easier. Oh, and the engine will no longer be restricted to just race teams because Honda is opening sales up to anyone with a thick enough wallet.
That said, there are still a couple of things that will probably hinder one from dropping this into any ol' beater. Only 93 of these packages will be made available, for starters, and the engine is not road-legal. But provided you can get one allocated, a factory-fresh Type R engine could be just what that 10-year-old base Civic needs to become a track-only sleeper. The package has been "specifically designed for easy, affordable and reliable swap applications," after all.
As for what's specifically included, the crate engine consists of the Type R's engine long block, alternator, turbocharger, and starter motor. That costs $6,790. For an extra $2,210, the new Controls Package throws in an HPD-developed, pre-tuned ECU, engine swap harness, and accelerator pedal.
For all of this to be functional, however, one will still need to provide their own airbox and filter, intercooler and plumbing, turbo back exhaust, cooling system, fuel supply, and, of course, transmission along with the appropriate flywheel and clutch. Honda says the installation manual that comes with the Controls Package will provide additional specs that aid in designing support for these systems.
So, if you've got $9,000 to spend on a new powerplant, ECU, wiring harness, and gas pedal, Honda's K20C1 crate engine with Controls Package will be available starting May 1 from these dealers: