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  • HONDA CIVIC in WTCC 2012 !

    Honda Civic Enters FIA World Touring Car Championship

    Honda today announced that the Honda Civic will race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

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

    For this project, Honda has formed a joint partnership with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport. Mugen will manufacture a bespoke racing engine developed by Honda R&D and will maintain the engine in every race along with the team. J.A.S. Motorsport will develop the race car, using the new Honda Civic 5door produced in Honda's manufacturing plant located in Swindon (UK).

    The racing engine is a 1.6 litre 4 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.

    Racing has always been a fundamental element of Honda's DNA . In the late 1950s Honda first entered the Isle of man T.T and then Formula 1 in the 1960s. The FIA WTCC is the next chapter in Honda's on-going commitment to world motor sport and provides a perfect platform to demonstrate its racing spirit to Honda's numerous fans around the world.

    Editors Notes:

    About WTCC
    • WTCC is the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
    • Vehicle specification is strictly regulated by FIA Super 2000 category
    • All vehicles who compete in the championship are based on mass production cars with more than than 4 seats.
    • The championship is reserved for cars powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine, turbo-charged with direct injection.
    • The distance of each race varies between 50 km and 60km
    • The full racing season covers 12 racing weekends (two races per weekend)

    More information can be found at

    About Mugen
    • Mugen is a brand of M-TEC Co., Ltd. a company based in Saitama (Japan) whose main motorsport activities are: designing, development, manufacturing and marketing of racing engines; parts and components for Honda cars and technical services at racing circuit.
    • M-TEC has subsidiaries in America (MUGEN America Inc. (U.S.A.)) and in Europe (MUGEN EURO Co., Limited (U.K.))

    More information can be found at

    About J.A.S Motorsport
    • J.A.S Motorsport is a racing car builder and racing team founded in 1995 to compete mainly in touring car races. It became Honda's partner in 1997 as a works team in the Super Touring Car era (STW (Germany)) in 1998 &1999, BTCC (UK) in 2000 and has run Honda Racing Customer Support on behalf of Honda Motor Europe since 2001.
    • Located in Milan, Italy, J.A.S Headquarters and factory consists of a surface area of 2500 square meters.
    • J.A.S Motorsport's president is Maurizio Ambrogetti and Managing Director/Team Principal is Mr. Alessandro Mariani.

    More information can be found at


    am inteles ca vor fi cateva etape in care vor participa, si abia anul viitor vor face sezonul integral. Doamne-ajuta!
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  • #2
    foarte bine..poate se mai animeaza si WTCC-ul asa..
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    • #3
      Ma rog, ii vom vedea abia in octombrie si abia de anul viitor, regulat in fiecare cursa.
      In speranta ca de data asta JAS va face o treaba mai buna decat cu Accordul, BAFTA!

      Of-topic: Mult mai interesant mi se pare CR-Z.ul in JAPAN GT la clasa 300!
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      • #4
        Dupa experienta din BTCC, campionat foarte apropiat de WTCC, unde Honda civic a castigat titlul anul trecut atat la piloti cat si la constructori, cred ca vor face o figura foarte frumoasa si in WTCC.
        pregatire civic sezon 2012

        PS. Cand vor pune un motor asemanator (macar ca cilindree+turbo) si pe masinile de serie..?!
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        • #5
          Cine stie poate s-or razgandi si noul CTR va avea un motor derivat din asta.
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          • #6
            pe 11 martie e prima cursa la Monza
            promit sa vin cu ceva video


            • #7
              Echipa completa pentru 2013:

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              • #8

                Honda Civic WTCC Edition offered in Switzerland

                Honda is offering these das a special edition of the Civic in Switzerland, named the WTCC Edition, which has a base price set at 31,900 Swiss Francs.

                The Japanese based automaker is into racing and it currently competes in numerous forms of motorsport across the globe, from the Le Mans prototypes to Baja off-road racing and from IndyCars to Superbikes. In order to celebrate its racing pedigree, the car manufacturer is currently offering a special edition of the Honda Civic in Switzerland, which is priced at 31,900 Swiss Francs, and named the WTCC Edition.

                According to the company, the Honda Civic WTCC Edition is getting the company’s 2.2 liter i-DTEC foud-cylinder turbo engine, which is producing a total output of 150 horsepower and it has a six-speed manual transmission, a WTCC race livery, 17-inch powder coated OZ Racing Superturismo wheels and a lot more items for racing enthusiasts. The only thing that future owners of the Honda Civic WTCC Edition won’t get is the FIA racing license. In order to get their hands on the special edition of the hatchback, customers will have to pay 31,900 Swiss Francs or approximately 34,000 USD.
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                • #9
                  Frumos ca ofera jantele OZ, pacat ca nu au facut ceva si la motor (macar 10 cai in plus fata de cea standard).


                  • #10
                    E tare dubios ca Honda sa ofere un motor diesel pe versiunea de strada a masinii de curse.

                    Defapt la ora asta civic 2.2i-dtec e cel mai rapid civic. Sper sa merite asteptarea pentru motoarele alea pe benzina aflate in dezvoltare, daca nu vor fi senzationale o sa fie nasol pt ei.
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                    • #11

                      Honda makes its debut as an official factory team in the World Touring Car Championship this weekend on home soil in the Race of Japan at Suzuka.

                      Tiago Monteiro will be behind the wheel of the brand new Honda Racing Team JAS-entered Honda Civic WTCC for Suzuka as well as the races in Shanghai and Macau, before being joined by Gabriele Tarquini for the full 2013 season once the Italian has seen out his contract with the Lukoil Racing Team.

                      “After testing in Vallelunga, Slovakia Ring and Portimao this summer, as well as at Sugo last week, my motivation has never been higher,” said Monteiro. “And now that we are only a few hours from the start of the event, I can feel the passion and excitement of the Honda fans building up.

                      “When you think about the amount of work that everyone at Honda and JAS has put in to get us here, I fully appreciate what a privilege it is to be the one behind the wheel. It is a very special moment, it really is.”

                      Daisuke Horiuchi, the WTCC Development Project Leader at Honda R&D said: “The entire team has been preparing for Suzuka ever since we announced our entry into the WTCC in February. It has obviously been a huge challenge, but we’re here and we’re ready.

                      “Part of the drive to get the car and team ready for these last three races of the 2012 WTCC calendar is that this race in Suzuka is so important to Honda. In 1962 our visionary founder Soichiro Honda designed this circuit – the very first racing circuit in Asia – so we were very motivated to make it here and be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary with our many fans and associates around the World.

                      “2012 is also the 40th anniversary of the Civic, so we couldn’t think of a better way to mark this important milestone than to see the latest European Civic compete at the highest level in the WTCC With these celebrations, this race at Suzuka will certainly be full of emotion for us. And whilst this is the Civic debut in the 2012 championship, with full entry only starting in 2013, I’m sure Tiago and the whole team will put in a performance fit for the occasion.”

                      The Honda will take to the track against the opposition for the first time in the Friday test session, at 05:30 BST. Two practice sessions take place on Saturday at 01:30 and 4:00 ahead of qualifying at 07:30. Sunday’s races are at 06:35 and 07:50, with coverage at throughout the weekend.

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                      • #12
                        Civic WTCC makes it to Q2 to start the race from 11th tomorrow

                        20 October 2012

                        2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship

                        Round 19/20: Japan

                        Qualifying Report

                        Civic WTCC makes it to Q2 to start the race from 11th tomorrow

                        in its debut round in Suzuka

                        The Japanese round of the WTCC has kicked off today under a clear sky at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan - perfect conditions for the Honda Civic WTCC to make its debut in the championship.

                        After successfully completing a test in Japan last week, Honda Racing Team JAS arrived at Suzuka Circuit in high spirits. In the press conference today, which the team held from 10:30am prior to qualifying, Hideo Sato, General Manager, Honda Motor Sports Division expressed his delight in participating in the championship, as well as his appreciation to all parties concerned. His comments were echoed by driver Tiago Monteiro, who shared his high motivation for the debut race.

                        Tiago immediately went onto the track as Q1 began at 3:30pm, but came off in his first attempt. After a short pit stop to replace his tyres, the Civic driver tried again, and recorded 53.875 - the 14th fastest time.

                        In another attempt, he improved his time to 53.840, but was unable to better his position, and returned to the pits with less than 4 minutes left in Q1. With a fresh set of tyres, he went back onto the track with less than one and a half minutes left in Q1. On the final lap, Tiago recorded 53.443 - 0.4 seconds faster than his previous best time, promoting him to 7th. As the result was announced a burst of applause was triggered in the stands.

                        In Q2, where the top 12 of Q1 advanced to, Tiago couldn't improve his time as desired, partly because the team had run out of the allocated new tyres after Q1. His best lap time in Q2 was 53.886, which means he is going to start the race tomorrow from 11th.

                        Race 1 will start at 2:35pm and Race 2 from 3:50pm on Sunday, 21 October.

                        Commenting on qualifying, driver Tiago Monteiro said: "We always knew that it was going to be very tight and difficult in qualifying. Our objective was to advance to Q2, and for that, we had to use all three sets of new tyres allocated for the qualifying. As a result, we recorded a good time to win a place in Q2. But this compromised the second qualifying session because there were no more new tyres to run on. But I think we need to look at it positively, because only a few weeks ago we were not sure if we could even be in Q2. I think we've achieved our goals for now, and we'll keep working and improving. We have two long races tomorrow and we'll do our best."

                        Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal Alessandro Mariani added: "At the end of qualifying we were a little disappointed because we wanted to be in the top eight. Unfortunately, qualifying was very tough and Tiago made a small mistake on the first set of tyres. That affected the entire session because we had to use all our allocated tyres to make it to Q2, so we couldn't be where we wanted to be. However, in a way, this was as it should be, because this was our first qualifying and yesterday we only had a 30-minute run with a set of new tyres. So, with the little experience we've had, this is normal. We still believe that the car is good, so I hope to do well tomorrow."

                        Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development, Daisuke Horiuchi, said: "The engine had no problem at all throughout the qualifying and I felt relieved when we made it to Q2 at the last moment of Q1. I was hoping that we could record a similar time in Q2 as we had in Q1, but we'd used up all our new tyres, which was disappointing. After qualifying, I know that participating in the WTCC won't be easy and we still have a lot of work to do. But in the race tomorrow we will try hard to move up as many places as possible from our position after qualifying, and hopefully put in a great performance for the fans."

                        Saturday, 20 October 2012


                        Suzuka Circuit East Course (2,243m)  

                        Weather: sunny

                        Temperature: 20.5℃  

                        Track condition: dry  

                        Attendance: 9,500

                        Free Practice 1 54:188 (4th fastest)

                        Free Practice 2 54:000 (6th fastest)

                        Qualifying 1 (Q1)

                        1 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze 52.940

                        2 Alain Menu Chevrolet Cruze 52.984

                        3 Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze 53.077

                        4 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze   53.357

                        5 Tom Coronel     BMW 320        53.420

                        6 Aleksey Dudukalo SEAT Leon 53.431

                        7 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 53.443

                        Qualifying 2 (Q2)

                        1 Alain Menu Chevrolet Cruze  52.885

                        2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze     52.950

                        3 Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze 53.054

                        4 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 53.206

                        5 Mehdi Bennani  BMW 320        53.224

                        6 Gabriele Tarquini   SEAT Leon 53.259

                        11 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 53.886

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                        Civic WTCC finishes Races 1 and 2 in 9th and 10th respectively

                        21 October 2012

                        2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship

                        Rounds 19/20: Japan

                        Race Report

                        Civic WTCC finishes Races 1 and 2 in 9th and 10th respectively

                        in its first appearance

                        Today, Rounds 19 and 20 of the WTCC took place under a clear sky at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

                        Race 1:

                        Race 1 got underway at 2:30pm and was competed over 26 laps on the East Course of Suzuka Circuit. Tiago Monteiro started the race in his Honda Civic WTCC from 11th. After a rolling start, Tiago kept his position at the beginning of the race. Throughout there were close fights with the cars in front and behind, but the Civic WTCC driver maintained his place and when a front-runner went off the track on Lap 22, he climbed to tenth - the position he kept until he was shown the chequered flag. After the finish of the race, the Civic WTCC was promoted to ninth in the final classification due to a penalty given to another car.

                        Race 2:

                        In Race 2, the first 10 cars in qualifying were placed in reverse order on the starting grid. After a standing start from 11th, Tiago maintained his position at the early stage of the race and later started fighting closely with a BMW in front. After a long battle over 10 laps, he finally overtook his rival on the first corner on Lap 23 to move up to 10th before finishing the 26-lap race.

                        Rounds 21 and 22 of the WTCC in China will be held on Shanghai International Circuit on 3 and 4 November.

                        Driver Tiago Monteiro: "We are very happy and excited that we got our first points. Only a few weeks ago, we said we it would be great if we could break into the top 10, and that's where we are, so I'm satisfied. The car felt quite good, a lot better than in qualifying. But we are still learning about the car, and every time we try to find a better setup and balance in the car, so especially in Race 2, the car was very good. It was very important for us to finish the races in decent conditions as a first step and we will keep working hard in Shanghai and Macao to lean more."

                        Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal, Alessandro Mariani: "I am very pleased because we were able to show our speed in the actual races. Our lap times were very good and consistent. Unfortunately, it was difficult to overtake on the short Suzuka circuit and the result of yesterday's qualifying affected our final outcome. However, finishing in the top ten in the two races - and not that far from the winning cars - is a good result. I would like to thank the engineers at Honda who created the excellent new engine and our team members who have worked hard, night and day, to achieve this result - a great effort that has really paid off."

                        Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development, Daisuke Horiuchi: "I am pleased that we completed both Races 1 and 2 in our debut round. The car, including the engine, performed well and didn't have any major problems. However, there's so much more for us to work on and improve. Although we've not had long to prepare, we were able to make it in time for Suzuka. So, I think we have achieved a satisfactory level for now. We will continue working hard to complete the car for the next rounds in China, and we really appreciate everyone's support."

                        Sunday, 21 October 2012

                        Suzuka Circuit East Course (2,243m)  

                        Weather: sunny

                        Temperature: 24.2℃

                        Track condition: dry  


                        Warm-up session 54.470 (11th fastest)

                        Race 1

                        1 Alain Menu Chevrolet Cruze   26 laps  23:44.880

                        2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze   26 laps  23:45.692

                        3 Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze  26 laps  23:46.299

                        4 Gabriele Tarquini   SEAT Leon     26 laps  23:58.708

                        5 Alex MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze   26 laps  23:59.153

                        6 Tom Coronel BMW 320 26 laps  24:04.750

                        9 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 26 laps 24:06.164

                        Race 2

                        1 Stefano D'aste BMW320    26 laps 23:54.717

                        2 Pepe Oriola   SEAT Leon      26 laps  23:57.279

                        3 Gabriele Tarquini   SEAT Leon      26 laps   23:57.562

                        4 Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze  26 laps  23:58.491

                        5 Alain Menu Chevrolet Cruze    26 laps   23:58.937

                        6 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Cruze    26 laps  23:59.285

                        10 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 26 laps   24:05.330

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                        • #13
                          In mult mai putine cuvinte, slabuti de tot, nu inteleg ce se intampla cu brandul care respira racing pana nu demult .


                          • #14
                            abia pe la jumatatea anului viitor ar trebui sa avem pretentii de la masina ... pana la prima victorie mai este cale lunga .
                            civic EM2


                            • #15
                              Nu e nicio drama, sunt in regim de teste pe durata acestor ultime 3 curse ale acestui an. Primul an (intreg!) ti-l iarta oricine, de la al doilea incolo apar pretentiile. Deci sa nu cerem maximum din start.
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