Honda Civic World Touring Race Car


Honda announced their new program to enter World Touring Car Championship from next year with a Civic.

For this project, Honda has formed a joint partnership with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport. Honda R&D is developing a bespoke racing engine, while Mugen will manufacture and maintain it. J.A.S. Motorsport will develop the race car, using the new Honda Civic 5 door produced in Honda’s manufacturing plant located in Swindon (UK).  The racing engine is a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, developed in accordance with FIA’s Super 2000 regulations.

Honda’s ambition is to join the WTCC as early as this season, with a string of “inaugural rounds”. Discussions are currently being held with the FIA, but these rounds would include Japan (held on 21 October 2012 at Honda’s Suzuka circuit), followed by China and Macau.

honda civic wtcc Honda Civic World Touring Race Car

Honda press release:

This activity is being run independently to the Honda Racing British Touring Car Championship winning team. Three-times BTCC Champion, Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden will be behind the wheel of the race-prepared Team Dynamics version of the new Civic and lining up on the grid at Brands Hatch on 1 April for the first race of the 2012 season.

Racing has always been a fundamental element of Honda’s DNA. In the late 1950s Honda first entered the Isle of man T.T and then Formula 1 in the 1960s. The FIA WTCC is the next chapter in Honda’s on-going commitment to world motor sport and provides a perfect platform to demonstrate its racing spirit to Honda’s numerous fans around the world.

  • WTCC is the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
  • Vehicle specification is strictly regulated by FIA Super 2000 category
  • All vehicles who compete in the championship are based on mass production cars with more than than 4 seats.
  • The championship is reserved for cars powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine, turbo-charged with direct injection.
  • The distance of each race varies between 50 km and 60km
  • The full racing season covers 12 racing weekends (two races per weekend)
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