After impressive success during the 2013 season, Honda prepares to return to the 2014 WTCC season with an updated Civic WTCC . The company offered the initial details and image of the car today, but full specifications will be announced closer to the racing season.
The 2013 Civic WTCC gets a revised aerodynamic package, with subtle styling change to the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Under its hood, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was also tricked to deliver a little bit more power.
Honda is currently preparing two cars that JAS Motorsport will enter in the competition with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel, and a few additional units for private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani, respectively.
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World Touring Car Championship
World Touring Car Championship - or simply WTCC - is an international Touring Car championship sanctioned by the FIA. It had its inaugural season in 1987 when only one season was held and returned in 1993 as the World Touring Car Cup. This version was held until 1995 and as of 2005, the WTCC runs as a world championship every year.
The WTCC admits only Super 2000 and Diesel 2000 cars, with an engine displacement limited to 2.0 liters athat do not feature technologies like variable valve timing, variable intake geometry, ABS brakes and traction control system.
In order to take the first place a driver must score 25 points, offered according to FIA’s points system used in the FIA Formula One Championship and the FIA World Rally Championship.
In 2013 Honda was the manufacturer champion with a Civic WTCC.
Honda has released the first visual of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) challenger reflecting the all new technical regulations for the FIA WTCC which will come into force for 2014.
The Honda Civic WTCC render shows the subtle style of the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, sleeker aero package and extended rear spoiler. Add all this to increased engine power and the 2014 Honda WTCC racer is clearly ambitious to retain Honda’s Manufacturers World Championship crown and enable the drivers to challenge for the World Champion title.
Two works cars will be run by JAS Motorsport for Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro with further Civics to be entered by private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively.
This announcement follows hot on the heels of the recent unveiling of the new 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Civic Tourer racer, with Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden confirmed as the Honda Yuasa Racing drivers for another season.