Honda announced at SEMA today that it will race two factory-prepped Civic Si racecars in this year's "25 hours of Thunderhill" endurance race. The NASA-sanctioned event will mark the competition debut for the new Civic.

The cars were developed by Honda R&D Americas to NASA U.S. Touring Car Championship specs, which allow only minor modifications from stock. The two cars are equipped with factory race-prepared engines, an AEM cold air intake, Michelin Pilot Sport Competition tires, DC Sports exhaust, H&R suspension mods, and an adjustable rear spoiler.

The cars will be driven at Thunderhill by 4-person teams made up of Honda staffers and members of the automotive media. More…

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Judging by the picture above, it looks like we can expect Car and Driver to provide one of the media drivers?

It?s great to see another manufacturer jumping right into amateur road racing to showcase its new performance model, following in the tire tracks of Ford?s Mustang, Pontiac?s GTO, Mazda?s MX-5, and Chevy?s Cobalt. That?s the kind of commitment that leads to great performance cars for the street and the track.

[Source: Honda]

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