If you thought the Honda Civic Type R prototype we drove in Japan looked cool, and that the Civic Tourer that Honda will race in the British Touring Car Championship next year looks even cooler, just take a look at this.

Possibly the ultimate race-spec Civic, this is the car Honda will field next year in the World Touring Car Championship. Like the Type R prototype (but unlike the BTCC-spec wagon) the WTCC challenger takes the form of Honda's latest Euro-spec Civic five-door hatchback.

It's the car with which Honda intends to defend its title and capture the driver's title in next year's championship. It'll face a tough challenge from the new Citroën team headlined by Sebastien Loeb in the new C-Elysee, not to mention the rest of the grid. Fortunately, Honda is entering a whole mess of these Civics in the series, with former champion Gabriele Tarquini and former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro driving the works entries (hence the mixed "Gabriago" tag on the window) and another pair to be entered by privateer teams.
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Honda's 2014 WTCC Civic Takes Shape

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.

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      YES! A thousand times...YES!!!
      Ashley Wolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      So now all Civic variants are being raced in Touring Car events around the world: - The Sedan is racing in Argentinian TC2000 Series - The Hatchback is now in the WTCC - The Coupe is currently racing in the Pirelli World Challenge - The Estate will be in the BTCC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda should put Zanardi into one. He's won races in WTCC and he has a successful history with Honda in Indycar.
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      The Japanese Beetle, errr.... Honda Superbug!
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      "If you thought the Honda Civic Type R prototype we drove in Japan looked cool..." That is a really big "if" you dropped in that opening statement. Good thing you did, too.
      Major Lee Gassole
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see this satisfying my mid-life crisis.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks like a dangerous Honda...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish it came stock like that
      • 1 Year Ago
      ill take a spin thanx :)
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