Honda European Civic to race at World Touring Car Championships (Photos & Video)

Honda formally declared that they would be entering FIA World Touring Car Championships with their 2012 model of European Honda Civic. Civic to race in WTCC will have a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline four engine which has been developed by Honda R&D Centre conforming to FIA 2000 conventions. Honda has entered into a joint venture with Mogen and JAS Motorsports so as to bring out this new 2012 Honda Civic.

Mr. Takanobu, Chief Executive Officer of Honda said that the company had taken a decision to enter the events and would be developing a new engine for the five door model of European Civic. The vehicle will be produced at the Honda plant situated in Swindon, UK.

Honda is currently in talks with FIA and would include Japan events to be held on October 21st and then China and Macau. Honda will be entering a two team managed by JAS Motorsports and will take part in each race from 2013 onwards. Honda has always been associated with racing ever since they entered the Isle of Mann TT and Formula. Now with FIA World Touring Car Championships, Honda will be commencing a new chapter in motor sports which will appeal to their sports loving fans across the globe.

Press Release

Honda today announced that the Honda Civic will race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

“We have made a decision” said Honda CEO, Takanobu Ito “to enter into the WTCC with the European Civic. We will develop a totally new engine for this project and we are all excited about starting this new challenge.”

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 will then enter a two car team, managed by J.A.S. Motorsport, into every race in the 2013 championship season.

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.