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Honda restarts its sporting heart

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    Honda's ambition is to join the WTCC as early as this season, with a string of "inaugural rounds".

Honda will re-enter top level motorsport.

The Japanese brand has announced its re-entry with a new generation Civic to race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) possibly this year.

"We have made a decision to enter the WTCC with the European Civic. We will develop a totally new engine for this project," says said Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. Honda has formed a joint partnership with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport to build and race the car.

Honda R&D is developing a custom made 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 the UK. The racing engine is a 1.6-litre, four-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 April 1 for the first race of the 2012 BTCC season.

Racing has been a fundamental element of Honda's DNA. and the WTCC is the next chapter in Honda's on-going commitment to world motor sport.

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  • Honda is really cool!

    ching lee of china Posted on 27 May 2012 8:54pm
  • Always been a fan of Honda but the cars they have been producing over the last few years have been pretty uninspiring and indicate that the beancounters and the American market have been having far too big an influence on the type of car they have been turning out. It's about time they decided to re-find their mojo and motor racing is a great way of improving quality, performance, reliability and puts the fun factor back into driving. For the last few years they have seemed hellbent on becoming the new Toyota and that is something we don't want.

    Rob of Taylors Lakes Posted on 10 March 2012 8:31am

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