NEW YORK – official team release — Honda photo —
Honda unveiled the new racing livery for its Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car on Tuesday, announcing plans to campaign the all-new turbocharged 2016 Civic Coupe in the series in partnership with Red Bull and Olsbergs MSE.
The Honda Civic Red Bull GRC team will begin racing on May 21 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the first event of the season.
Developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by Olsbergs MSE with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development, the Civic Red Bull GRC car is built to withstand the demands of racing in a series that emphasizes repeated aggressive acceleration and varied terrain. The car will boast more than 600 horsepower, turn in a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds and is designed to handle the 70 foot table-top jumps featured on each racetrack.
“Global Rallycross is seriously extreme racing, and it’s a terrific platform to showcase the new Civic Coupe to an enthusiastic, performance-minded young audience,” said Nick Lee, national advertising manager, American Honda Motor Co Inc. “We won’t encourage our customers to take 70-foot jumps out on the street, but we will use this platform to tell people about all the incredible technology and performance capabilities of our new Civic Coupe.”
Driving the Honda Civic Red Bull GRC car for Team Honda will be Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman. Eriksson, from Sweden, and Wiman, from Finland, have both made their mark in the series, with Wiman winning the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship and Eriksson finishing second in 2015.
CREDIT: Honda Performance Development