Honda to enter Civic at World Touring Car Championship

To line up against the Chevrolet Cruze and the all-new Ford Focus
Feb 8, 2012
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Honda has announced that it will enter the Civic in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). But--and this is a very big BUT--it will field the European-market model and not the North American-market model, which every other market gets.

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

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For WTCC, Honda is partnering with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport with Mugen manufacturing and maintaining a bespoke 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine developed by Honda in accordance with the FIA's Super 2000 regulations. J.A.S. Motorsport, meanwhile, will develop the race car using the five-door Honda Civic hatchback produced in Honda's manufacturing plant located in Swindon, United Kingdom.

Honda hopes to join the WTCC as early as this season with a string of inaugural rounds that would include Japan, China and Macau. Honda will then enter a two-car team managed by J.A.S. Motorsport.

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