Honda revives racing spirit
Honda has announced that the Honda Civic will race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
For this project, Honda has formed a joint partnership with Mugen and JAS Motorsport. Mugen will manufacture a bespoke racing engine developed by Honda R&D and will maintain the engine in every race along with the team. JAS Motorsport will develop the race car, using the new Honda Civic 5 door produced in Honda's manufacturing plant in Swindon (UK).
The racing engine is a 1.6- litre 4-cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine.
Honda's ambition is to join the WTCC as early as this season, with a string of "inaugural rounds". Discussions are 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 will then enter a two-car team, managed by JAS Motorsport, into every race in the 2013 season.
Racing has always been a fundamental element of Honda's DNA. In the late 1950s Honda first entered the Isle of man TT 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.