2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR
The Honda Civic Type R TCR is a purpose-built racing car for the TCR formula. It is based on the FK7/8 Civic Type R and is built by JAS Motorsport. The car, with all of its 340-horsepower, won the inaugural TCR title in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with driver Ryan Eversley and team RealTime Racing.
Touring car racing has seen many sets of regulations come and go, some more successful than others. We all remember the glorious Group A touring cars such as the BMW M3 (E30) Sport Evolution, the Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG Evo II or the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. Then there was the Super Touring formula which took the world by storm and became a truly global phenomena spawning regional series all across the globe, including North America where the North-American Touring Car Championship was held for two seasons.
Now, there’s a new platform that’s at the peak of its popularity. It’s called TCR, and it was conceived by Marcello Lotti, head of World Sporting Consulting, as a cost-effective option to the TC1 cars that were used in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
2017 Honda NSX-GT
The second-generation Acura NSX (Honda NSX outside the U.S.) made its global debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and entered production much later, in May 2016. Even though the actual road car was launched for the 2017 model year, it was preceded by a concept car in 2014 and was advertised as early as 2012. In 2014, the first NSX hit the track in Japan, in the form of a GT500-spec racer for the Super GT series.
Essentially a beefed-up version of the road car with a comprehensive aero kit to help with downforce and cornering, the Honda NSX-GT replaced the HSV-010 GT, which in turn replaced the first-generation NSX. Honda’s new race car scored its first win during its maiden season, but ended 2014 with only two victories in a championship dominated by Nismo. A similar scenario followed in 2015, with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri and Team Kunimitsu bringing Honda two wins. Nismo once again won the championship with the Nissan GT-R.
In 2016, things took a turn for the worse, with the Honda NSX-GT failing to win during the six events of the season. With two races left on the calendar by the end of the year, Honda has already unveiled a new car for the 2017 season. Although based on the same NSX, the revised race car brings significant changes on the outside, mainly due to the new regulations introduced for 2017. Join me in my review to find out what sets the new NSX-GT apart from its forerunner.
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2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car
Honda is using the 2016 SEMA Show to introduce its new race car for the Red Bull Global Rallycross. Developed by Olsbergs MSE, a Swedish racing team that also designs race cars, the new GRC-spec Civic Coupe will replace the car that ran against Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru in the 2016 season, placing third in the manufacturers’ championship. The designing team also received input from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the brand’s racing division, which has created many successful race cars over the last few years.
Honda is a pretty new entry in the Red Bull Global Rallycross, itself a recently established sport, having been launched in 2011. The Japanese brand joined the competition last year, also with a race car based on the Civic Coupe. The compact raced against GRC-spec versions of the Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Volkswagen Beetle, and Hyundai Veloster. Honda and Olsbergs MSE finished the season third and are hoping to do better in 2017.
Not much is known about the new race car at the of this writing, but Honda did release a batch of photos and just enough info for a short review. We should find out more at the 2016 SEMA Show in November so make sure you stick around for updates.
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2016 Honda Civic Red Bull GRC
The Global Rallycross may not have the prestige of Formula One or the following of NASCAR, but it sure has made a name for itself as one of the most exciting racing series in the world. A handful of automakers, including Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Chevrolet already have racers that compete in the series, and for the 2016 season, another one is joining in on the fun.
Honda is entering the fold this season as the new race car provider of the Red Bull Olsbergs MSE team, considered in the Rallycross circle as the most accomplished team in the series’ short history, having won four of the series’ first five championships. In fact, the only one it lost was the 2015 title, which likely brought about the change in race cars. Whatever its reasons are, Olsbergs MSE has traded the Fiesta ST as the team’s official racer for the Honda Civic Red Bull GSR.
The race car is essentially a loosely based version of the production Civic Coupe. It’s been completely recalibrated by Olsbergs and Honda Performance Division for rallycross use, right down to the prevalent use of Red Bull livery. 2014 GRC champion Joni Wiman and 2015 runner-up Sebastian Eriksson will once again race for Olsbergs MSE. While they did have a lot of success with the Fiesta ST, they’re going to be entering the opening round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC in Phoenix, Arizona with a new car that the team hopes can vault its drivers back to the top of the championship standing.
The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season starts off in May 2016.
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Honda has successfully pulled off the classic switcheroo at the SEMA Auto Show, surprising everybody by unveiling the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck — an off-road racing truck that’s based off of the second generation Ridgeline pick-up. Why was this surprising, you ask? Well, Honda hasn’t released any images of the production Ridgeline, so we’re actually getting our first look at the new pickup, albeit in its off-road racing guise.
Built in conjunction with Honda Performance Development and the Proctor Racing Group, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck won’t make into any dealerships any time soon. It will instead be used in the SCORE Baja 1000 where Honda’s four-wheeled racing outfit will return for the first time since 2012 when it ran a tube-framed Pilot to a third place finish in the Class Six Trophy trucks.
Judging by the development and preparations put into the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, Honda is really setting its sights on once again taking the Mexican peninsula by storm. The truck itself is ready for action, which bodes well for Honda Racing considering the short turn around between SEMA and the start of the famed Mexican race on November 20, 2015.
Meanwhile, the production version of the Honda Ridgeline is scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the “first half of 2016.” A quick glance at the auto show calendar in that time frame seems to suggest that the second-generation pickup will likely make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2016. It would make sense considering that the original Ridgeline made its own debut in the same event.
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Having lost the 2014 British Touring Car Championship to MG, Honda Racing Team returns to the series with a new race car based on the newly launched Civic Type R. The beefed-up hatchback replaces last year’s Civic Tourer model, which became the first wagon to win a BTCC event. Unveiled during testing at the Brands Hatch track, the new Civic Type R race car will be driven by Gordon Shedden, the 2012 champion, and Matt Neal, a three-time BTCC winner, meaning Honda will retain the same driver lineup for the sixth consecutive season.
Honda Racing had very few details to share about its new race car, but the Japanese manufacturer has high hopes for 2015. "Our car for 2015 is going to win races. The shape of the new road going Civic Type R has allowed the team to build on the design and take it forward to be a championship winning car," said Barry Plowman, technical director at Honda Yuasa Racing.
The unveiling of the new BTCC-spec car comes to confirm Honda won’t pull out of the series, as it has been initially rumored due to its Formula 1 entry with McLaren. Honda will be looking to win its fifth BTCC championship. The Japanese achieved their previous four wins between 2010 and 2013.
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Having switched to a common chassis supplied by Dallara starting 2012, the IndyCar series seemed to move toward becoming an increasingly restricted sport due to the sanctioning body’s new cost-control methods. But after three years of acquiring both chassis and aero kits from Dallara, IndyCar finally allowed manufacturers, until now commissioned only as engine suppliers, to develop their own body packages. As a result, both Chevrolet and Honda spent most of 2014 working on aero kits to replace the previous DW12 kit, the results of which have been presented ahead of the new IndyCar season.
With Chevrolet-powered teams having been introduced to their new aero kits in February, Honda has now revealed its own aerodynamic package, which will grace the bodies of no fewer than 13 cars throughout 2015. Six teams will receive the aero kit ahead of the season’s opening race on March 29th: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Andretti Autosport, Bryan Herta Autosport, Dale Coyne Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and Schidt Peterson Motorsports. Will Honda have what it takes to prevent Chevy from winning yet another manufacturer’s championship?
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Much like Ferrari, the oldest surviving and the most successful team in the history of Formula One, McLaren started as a race-car manufacturer long before it began making road cars. Founded in 1963 as Bruce McLaren Motor Racing, the team joined F1 as a works entry in 1966. It has since competed in every single season of the series as of 2014, winning eight constructor’s championships and no fewer than 182 wins. Statistically, McLaren is second only to Ferrari when it comes to race starts, total wins, podium finishes, pole positions, fastest laps, and championship points, making it one of the most prominent names in the single-seat auto racing scene. Despite this, the British have not won the constructor’s title since 1998, but scoring podium finishes on 12 occasions through 2012. Both 2013 and 2014 were rather disappointing, with McLaren finishing fifth without scoring a single win. This bitter drought could come to an end in 2015, when McLaren tackles the F1 season with a brand-new chassis and an all-new hybrid powertrain.
While all engine manufacturers developed new power units for the 2014 season, McLaren had to wait until 2015 to benefit from Honda’s return to the sport as a powerplant supplier after a ten-year hiatus. The new alliance is of great historic importance, as it reunites the entities that won four back-to-back world championships between 1988 and 1991. It all began at the end of the iconic Turbo Era and continued well into the 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine period, when McLaren had two of the greatest drivers in history: Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
The partnership between McLaren and Honda ended in 1992, when Honda retired only to return with BAR and Jordan between 2000 and 2005. Meanwhile, McLaren continued with Ford and Peugeot engines for two seasons before turning to Mercedes for a partnership that lasted two decades. Come 2015, McLaren hopes to win its first championship in 16 years using power from Honda’s first F1 engine since 2005. The hybrid powerplant was developed alongside a new single-seater, the MP4-30, with refined aerodynamics, a new nose-box solution and revised livery. Keep reading for the full rundown on McLaren’s all-new Formula One contender.
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B-spec racing has steadily grown in popularity as a relatively inexpensive way of getting started in the world of SCCA club racing. The cars are light, compact, and, with the exception of the requisite safety equipment and a few performance tweaks, are basically showroom-stock. Manufacturers including Mini, Mazda, Kia and Honda have all jumped in the B-spec pool, and with a new Fit on the way, Honda looks like its getting ready to recommit.
Built for SEMA by Honda Performance Development, who also builds Honda’s prototype racers for the TUDOR United SportsCar Series, the 2015 Honda Fit HPD B-SPEC Concept Race Car is just about everything you would need to get your foot in the door to go amateur racing. Engine modifications adhere to class rules and are limited to an HPD air filter, HPD air-conditioning delete belt and HPD stainless-steel cat-back exhaust.
Things start to get really racy with the chassis. An HPD coil-over kit with race springs soaks up the bumps, and HPD stainless-steel brake lines and brake pads reign in the that 1.5-liter four-banger. The TR Motorsports C1 wheels are shod in BF Goodrich R1 racing tires.
The interior is almost unrecognizable, because, well, most of it isn’t there. The stock dash remains mostly intact, but that’s about it. The rest is pure, stripped-out race car stuff. A very serious looking Sparco racing seat provides both lateral stability and protection, and a Schroth driver restraint harness keeps the driver securely fastened. Then there’s the quick-release steering wheel, and six-point roll cage that provides additional chassis rigidity and rollover protection.
On paper, this Honda Fit B-spec racer is just a concept, but we would expect to see something very close hitting tracks around North America very soon. In all, this thing looks like a blast, and I, for one, can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than banging fenders with other underpowered subcompacts on the track.
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The Honda S2000 debuted in 2000 and harked back to Honda’s sports cars of years past, including the S500, S600, and S800. The S2000 was a tuner’s dream, as it weighed just 2,800 pounds, had 240 horses and a chassis that was on par with the Miata. The unfortunate side of the original S2000 was that the horsepower didn’t peak until 8,300 and it could only muster up 153 pound-feet of torque. By time the 2009 model year rolled around, the S2000 had run its course and went the way of the dodo bird, but not before Honda Performance Development decided to add a lot more displacement to the roadster’s engine compartment as an experiment.
With a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine HPD presents the creatively named S3700. This V-6 engine a production unit that was sourced from the Acura lineup. In its home engine bay, this engine developed 300 to 305 horsepower and 273 to 275 pound-feet of twist, depending on the application, but Honda failed to reveal what the output is for this Pikes Peak racer. I did learn that back in 2009 when HPD built the first S3700, it had a 9.55-to-1 power to weight ratio. Given the 2,825-pound weight of the original S3700, my math says that this engine produced 296 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that this version of the S3700 will retain that output.
We only have a single image to show you, but as you can see, this Pikes Peak racer dons a white base coat with a red racing stripe down the driver side of the car. Also present it a hefty bulge in its hood to make room for the larger, V-6 engine and large lip spoiler under the nose.
Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com and we’ll bring you new details as HPD reveals them.
Seen on various race tracks all over the world since 2012, in both LMP1 and LMP2 specifications, Honda’s ARX-03 prototype will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The news comes straight from Honda Performance Development (HPD), who has announced that a new iteration will be introduced for 2015.
To roll out under the ARX-04b name, the LMP2 racer is built on the same successful HPD recipe, and comes with the HR28TT engine under its lightweight hood. The 2.8-liter, V6 unit is based on the J35 engine found in many Acura road vehicles and relies on a pair of turbochargers for extra oomph.
As with many motorsport updates, the new racer features a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and a gearbox that can be tweaked to support many track configurations. The fuel tank, which benefits from Honda’s innovative refueling safety interlock system, now has a capacity of 75 liters (19.8 gallons).
Naturally, the race car was built with the latest ACO LMP2 and IMSA regulations in mind, including a cost-capped chassis, and will be eligible for all competitions governed by the said bodies. Just like its predecessor, the ARX-04b was co-developed by HPD and U.K.-based Wirth Research, a technical joint-venture that has spawned numerous IndyCar, American Le Mans and World Endurance Championship achievements.
Customers that will rely on the ARX-04b LMP2 starting next season will also benefit from HPD’s technical assistance, simulator sessions and data-logging options, along with other additional features that will be available for purchase.
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With Mazda and Nissan back into top-level U.S. racing with its own TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototypes, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company, has created a brand new Daytona Prototype race car.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged, race-spec version of the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine found in numerous Honda and Acura road cars and pickup trucks, the Daytona Prototype LMP1 machine will be run by Starworks Motorsport in this year’s TUDOR USCC series.
Honda declined to unveil the amount of power this new engine generates, but said that the unit utilizes numerous production-based components, including block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valvetrain components and alternator. Additionally, HPD also made use of Honda’s stock oil filter.
This is not the first time the Japanese manufacturer dusts off the J35 engine for motorsport use. Variations of the mill have been previously seen motivating race cars in Japan’s SuperGT Championship, the One Lap of America rally (created by Brock Yates) and the iconic Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
The new LMP1 one entry will join Honda’s efforts in the LMP2 category, where Extreme Speed Motorsports will continue to race two Honda ARX-03b vehicles this season.
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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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The reborn Acura NSX has deservedly gotten a lot of attention. Acura and Honda definitely hit one out of the ballpark with the sports car so much so that the latter wasted little time tweaking the sportster, giving it a full-on racing treatment.
Thus, the Honda NSX Concept-GT race car was born and it looks every bit as awesome as the soon-to-be-in-production supercar.
The NSX Concept-GT has been penciled in to compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT Series fifth round this weekend at Suzuka and ahead of its racing debut, the Japanese auto brand took the task to ensure that the racecar is ready to throw down once the race gets underway.
As you can see, the visage of the NSX is clearly visible in the racecar. What makes the Concept-GT different though is the plethora of racing components that have been added to it. Honda didn’t dive into the specifics but it looks like the racer has been fitted with an odd, if not menacing-looking carbon-fiber front spoiler lip, an enormous rear wing, side vents, and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in race-ready Bridgestone Potenza tires.
The racecar’s powertrain comes in the form of a 2.0-liter mid-mounted inline direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine working together with a hybrid setup and while no specific output was disclosed, we imagine it to be close to the 400 horsepower output we assume the road car is going to carry.
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Earlier this month, Honda was said to enter a total of 10 cars, motorcycles and ATVs in the upcoming 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Along with setting a world record for the company with the most entries in the ultimate hill climb, Honda is also aiming for an overall victory. Last year, Honda obtained victories only in the 450 Division and the "Quad Modified" class, making the run a nearly complete disappointment for the proud automaker.
One of these 10 entries will be a CR-Z driven by Sage Marie for Honda North America in the Exhibition class. This race version of the CR-Z was developed by Honda Performance Development and will be equipped with a turbocharger and upgraded hybrid drivetrain that delivers a total of 200 horsepower.
The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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The new Honda Civic is getting its first taste of official racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. In preparation for its full entry in the 2013 season, the Civic WTCC race car is going to be thrown into the fire beginning at Suzuka in October. From there, it will enter three races and will be driven by Tiago Monteiro.
With October less than two months away, the Japanese automaker is giving its new racer one last test run at the Vallelunga circuit, near Rome, Italy. The car itself is based on the European Civic hatchback model where it carries a host of special aero packages, including an extended front and rear skirt, a large rear wing, and an interior that’s been fully customized to handle the rigors of full-fledged auto racing.
Most importantly, the Civic WTCC will not be carrying a standard engine, but rather a bespoke 1.6-liter 4 cylinder direct injection turbocharged HR-412E engine. No details on output have been released yet, although Daisuke Horiuchi, WTCC Development Project Leader at Honda R&D, has said that this particular engine could have a future in production models.
"We believe the innovations that have led to this revolutionary engine will also lead to benefits beyond the race track, helping us to further increase the efficiency of our road car engines," he said.
Looks like there’s more to the Honda Civic WTCC Race Car than meets the eye. Could it be that whatever lies under the hood of this race makes its way out of the track and into public streets in the future?
While it’s tempting to find that out now, it’s probably more important for Honda to give the race car the full shakedown first leading up to its racing debut at Suzuka this October.
UPDATE 09/27/12: The Civic WTCC Race Car made its auto show debut at the Paris Motor Show where Daisuke Horiuchi, the WTCC Development Project Leader at Honda R&D, had the following to say about the new HR-412E engine that will be powering the race car. “In the continuous technological development of an internal combustion engine, the thermal efficiency is the essential key for improvement," he said. "This HR412E was born from such thought process: aiming for higher efficiency."
Honda is set to bring a new race car to the Super GT series in Japan and true to form, it’s a racing version of the the company’s resident hybrid hatch, the CR-Z.
Certainly, by one look at the car, you can pretty much surmise that this isn’t your ordinary CR-Z. Honda co-developed it with their in-house tuning company Mugen and they proceeded to build something that hopefully performs as good as it looks.
To enhance the car’s racing capabilities, Honda and Mugen enhanced a number of components on the car, including the suspension, rolling stock and aerodynamics.
Then, the attention was turned to its engine, which is to say that they completely modified it to be race-ready. Instead of its rather mundane standard power train, the CR-Z GT was fitted with a 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that comes with a competition-spec electric assist. Output has been limited to 300 horsepower on account of the car competing at the Super GT GT300 class.
We’re pretty excited to see how awesome-looking race car performs when it makes its debut in the fourth round of the 2012 Super GT series at the end of the month.
With the recent unveiling of the ninth generation Civic in early 2011, there’s was no doubt in our minds that Honda would make the coupe its SEMA star. Among the many other cool packages Honda displayed in Vegas, the Compass360 Racing HPD Civic Si Coupe Racecar sat gleaming in its tri-color scheme.
The work on the Compass360 Racing HPD started earlier this year with the Civic bodies-in-white, a program that offers a significant cost and labor savings to race teams. This program offers teams a bare bones chassis to eliminate the time and money spent on breaking down production models for racing. Sales of the body-in-white shells began in July 2011, and HPD has delivered a number of them to licensed race teams thus far, each priced at $3,500.
Since the program began, the company has been busy working on this Compass360 Racing prototype that provides details on the company’s new racing performance parts program specifically designed for the 2012 Civic. These racing parts are tailored for use in the SCCA World Challenge and Grand Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. They will be available early in 2012, and full details and pricing will be released at that time.
Honda (UK) and Team Dynamics Motorsport announced today the Civic BTCC rally car that will race the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship by Matt Neal and Gordon "Flash" Shedden.
The car will be painted in Championship White paint, Honda’s traditional racing color.
Also touring car fans will have the chance to win a one-off Civic Type R Mugen Concept car in a competition that will be running in participating Honda dealerships.
Press release after the jump.
When the Japanese automaker Toyota wanted to show the world what their latest super car, the LF-A could do, they entered a pair of preproduction Supra successors into a number of exhibition style endurance races at the world famous Nurburgring. Following a similar path, Honda’s domestic racing program has just announced that they will be returning to the island nation’s top tier of motor sport when they debut their next generation super car, the HSV-10 GT on March 20 at the beginning of the 2010 Super GT season. It is only fitting that the NSX’s successor, the Honda Sports Velocity turns its first wheel in competition at the at the Suzuka Circuit, being that it is the automaker’s own test track, making it an even more important initial run for the HSV because you know that all of the people that are going to decide the new sports vehicle’s fate will be in attendance.
Despite the exotic V10 powered future NSX rumors, the new HSV-10 GT is powered by a low displacement 3.4 Liter V8 with a maximum output of over 500 HP. The high output engine is mated to a Ricardo sequential manual gearbox, the same unit used by Nissan and Toyota in their Super GT machines, ensuring that their drivers will be hard pressed to miss a shift. With a body that is somewhere between 21st century NSX and an ASL Garaiya from the Japanese Autobacs tuning shop, the future HSV-10 GT is guaranteed to carve out a place for itself in Japanese automotive culture.
Updated 01/18/10: Official specifications released; new image gallery added.
Updated 01/22/10: Check the Honda HSV in action at the Suzuka race track where the car is preparing for the Japanese 2010 Super GT Series. More video after the jump.
Press release after the jump.
The Honda Racing F1 Team announced a major new initiative for the 2007 Formula 1 season. To help raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the planet, the RA107 F1 car will simply feature a huge image of earth, in place of the advertising and sponsor logos which have featured and dominated all other F1 cars for decades.
Following a successful debut for the Honda Racing F1 Team’s new RA107 race car on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, the team’s management and drivers provided a technical insight into the car and their first impressions of the new challenger from the track.