Here’s a flashback moment! As Volvo did back in the 1990’s before they had the rules changed on them, Honda are entering a Honda Civic Tourer in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). It looks as if it will be the only estate car on the BTCC grid at Brands Hatch next March, piloted by this years racers Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden.
According to CAR Magazine UK, the BTCC Honda Civic Tourer is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine that is estimated to develop upwards of 300 hp and around 300 Nm of torque, all of which are sent to the front wheels via a sequential six-speeder and a carbon clutch.
Honda claims the BTCC Honda Civic Tourer isn’t heavier than this year’s 1,280 kg hatchback and can exceed 250 km/h. The British publication also reports that compared with the road-going Civic Tourer, the racer has a wider track and extended wheel arches. Of course, the front splitter, rear wing, lightweight 18-inch multi-spoke alloys and Dunlop racing rubber are also evident additions.
This year’s BTCC saw the team’s Honda Civic hatchbacks winning both the teams’ and manufacturers’ crowns for the fourth consecutive year, with Neal and Shedden narrowly missing out on the drivers’ crown to young gun Andrew Jordan.
It might be a Tourer, but it’s still a Civic, the car that has won every championship in BTCC for the last three seasons, said Shedden. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of next season, and to seeing what the Tourer can do on race day.
Triple BTCC champion Matt Neal added:
We’re all confident that the car can continue the long-standing success of the Civic in the championship and very much looking forward to putting it through its paces.
Although we’re racing a new model, the inherent advantages of the Civic hatchback from the past two years remain so there’s no reason why this car can’t be a winner straight out of the box.
Team manager Peter Crolla:
Racing with the Civic Tourer means no compromise over the Civic hatchback. The weight, wheelbase, layout and suspension remain the same, but naturally, the length of the car is extended due to the larger tailgate.
I’m not sure if the Honda Civic tourer will be coming to Australia but i’m sure it will help the European arm sales for this slightly ailing car giant.
And for what it’s worth, I like it. Do you?
I saw the article here on the Autosport