The first official render of the 2014 Honda Civic hatchback World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racer hit the interweb this week. While noticeably different than what you will see rolling off the dealer’s lot, this wicked looking racer is set to hit the track in time for next year’s racing season.
The highly competitive team of tuners at Honda Race Development are reportedly tweaking out a 1.6 Liter 4-cylinder direct injection turbocharged HR 412 for the 2014 race season. Since well-tuned Civic SI motors are known to achieve close to 260 hp, there is little doubt that team Honda will remain highly competitive in the WTCC.
To hell with subtle styling, as you can see from the render, this challenger sports noticeably larger wheels, expansive wheel arches, highly-optimized aerodynamic kit, and a whopping rear spoiler that is guaranteed to keep the rubber on the ground.
Official Press Release:
December 3, 2013 - Honda has released the first visual of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship 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.