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 |  Feb 09 2014, 9:01 AM

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Honda has released the first official photos of its 2014 Civic WTCC race car and although it’s covered with plenty of camouflage, the Civic is looking nice and mean.

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 |  Nov 25 2012, 10:01 AM

Possibly joining Citroen and Honda in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season are automakers Subaru and Renault.

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 |  Nov 13 2012, 4:45 PM

A 300-hp turbocharged four cylinder might find it’s way into the next Civic Type-R.

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 |  Aug 03 2012, 8:01 AM

Honda‘s new Civic race car has just undergone its first tests for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, using a new engine that could foreshadow the brand’s future.

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 |  Jul 27 2012, 6:07 AM

Honda has revealed a new engine in Europe that is certain to get its loyal fan base of enthusiasts hitting VTEC. Unfortunately, there are no plans to slide it under the hood of a production car – at least for now.

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 |  Jul 04 2012, 4:02 PM

Today, Chevrolet announced that 2012 will be the final year that the company will compete in the World Touring Car Championship.

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 |  Feb 03 2012, 6:15 PM

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Increasing motorsports exposure, Honda announced its plans to enter its newly redesigned European 2012 Honda Civic into the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

According to Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, this entry entails creating an all-new engine developed specifically for touring car competition. “We have made a decision 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.” Developed alongside Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport, Honda’s new engine is a racing 1.6 liter, direct-injection, turbo 4-cylinder engine designed within FIA Super 2000 regulations.

Racing as a two car-team managed by J.A.S. Motorsport, the inaugural rounds for the new Civic will be held when the WTCC arrives to Asia, namely races in Japan, China, and Macau. Honda also intends to compete in every race in the 2013 season.

GALLERY: WTCC 2012 Honda Civic

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 |  Mar 11 2011, 3:34 PM

The World Touring Car Championship, a popular series in Europe, is planning to come to North America as a book-end to its usual race in Brazil. So far, the location of such an event is undecided.

“The West Coast would be better in terms of reaching the public who buy our kind of cars,” said WTCC boss Marcello Lotti “but the logistics on the East Coast would be easier.”

Lotti is hoping to work with the US Touring Car Championship, sanctioned by NASA, and is in talks with USTCC head Ali Arsham, but no concrete plans have emerged as of yet.

 |  Dec 06 2010, 3:15 PM

In a move that would have been unthinkable in the last decade, but is hardly surprising in this era, BMW has announced that it is abandoning factory support for the World Touring Car Championship.

The move comes after BMW’s  withdrawl from Formula 1 at the end of the 2009 season, and a change in management at BMW Motorsport. BMW will still offer the 320 TC to independent teams, leaving Chevrolet and Volvo as the only factory-supported outfits in the series.

BMW will still support European endurance racing with their M3 and Z4 programs, as well as an upcoming DTM effort, a WRC team for its MINI division and driver development programs.

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[Source: BMW]

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 |  Oct 07 2010, 1:33 PM

Volvo is set to enter the World Touring Car Championship in 2011, and while the brand isn’t normally associated with motorsports, the Volvo 850 wagon had a previous campaign in the British Touring Car Championship, where it was famous for being a station wagon, and having a penchant for going up on three wheels.

Now, Volvo is planning to return to touring cars with a WTCC entry based on the S60. A successful season in the Swedish Touring Car Championship spurred Volvo on to the idea of taking their race program to the rest of Europe, and with top rivals SEAT and BMW scaling back their efforts, we’d say that the Swedes have a decent shot of winning.

[Source: Volvo]

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 |  Jun 14 2010, 4:31 PM

Chevrolet has a lot of experience stuffing bigger engines into Corvettes, Camaros and other factory hot rods, but this may well be the first and last time the subcompact Spark gets the same treatment.

In order to give the Spark enough oomph to properly pace the FIA World Touring Car Championship field, the engineers at Chevrolet have found a way to bolt up the larger 140 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine out of the Cruze (which goes on sale in the United States this fall), replacing the smaller sub-100 horsepower engine options that normally live under the Spark’s hood.

The WTCC “Super Spark” is scheduled to make its first appearance during the World Touring Car event at Zolder, Belgium coming up this weekend (June 19-20). But for those of you lucky enough to have attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend, you may have spotted the turbocharged Spark pace car on display along side Chevy’s WTCC Cruze and its awesome GT2 C6.R Corvettes. As we reported earlier today, the GT2 Corvettes ran strong during this year’s Le Mans, the #64 car leading the class as late as the 17th hour, but unfortunately both cars retired before the end of the race due to engine problems.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

[Source: autoblog]