Ricky Wilson Kaiser Chief Test Drives Honda Civic Type R
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The Honda Type ‘Ricky’
Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson gets his racing licence in the hottest hatch of all.
Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and a judge on BBC1’s popular Saturday night talent show The Voice, Honda’s ambassador for the new Civic Type R. That didn’t mean Ricky would simply pose for pictures with the Type R. Oh no he was going to learn to drive it properly so that he could take it on the famous hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Then play in front of 65,000 people in Hyde Park with the Who. Now that’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.
As preparation for this drive at the world’s biggest motorsport garden party, Ricky secured his National B race licence at Knockhill race track under the guidance of Honda BTCC star driver, Gordon “Flash” Shedden. Honda currently lead the 2015 British Touring Car Championship.
He said: “Learning to drive with Flash at Knockhill was an absolute blast and it was incredible seeing how the car handles when driven at speed and what it can do.
“On a serious note, I have learnt an enormous amount of high-performance driving skills from Flash and am nervously confident I can handle the new Civic Type R around the famous hillclimb at Goodwood.”
He becomes the proud owner, this summer, of a blue Civic Type R, complete with the all-new +R mode, which increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills.
After owning a series of old and dodgy cars, Ricky said of the Type R: “For the first time, I feel like I can trust something at high speed. For a car that’s a small road car, it gives you a taste of the race.”
He added: “For something you can walk in and buy in a dealership, I think it’s brilliant.”
Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing driver added: “Ricky has a natural talent behind the wheel, and we discovered he drove much better when listening to the Kaiser Chiefs when out on the track. His reactions were quick and smooth and I look forward to hearing about his Goodwood experience and living with the car during his time as ambassador.”