Honda’s newest coupe will compete at the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 25, 2016

On May 21st in Phoenix, at the first event of the 2016 series, the Honda Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross team will be racing its all-new turbocharged 2016 Civic Coupe in partnership with Red Bull and champion race team Olsbergs MSE.

In line with that, the Japanese automaker has also unveiled a new racing livery for its Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car. The all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car was developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by the Olsbergs MSE (OMSE), who are renowned builders and racers and with the technical assistance of the Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The race car was built to withstand severe racing terrains especially that it is set to rally on a series that is well-known for aggressive acceleration and different terrains. The all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car runs at 600 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds.

Moreover, it was also designed to withstand 70-foot table-top jumps that are usually featured in the Global Rallycross racetrack. The Red Bull Global Rallycross is an extreme racing event that is known for its varied terrains that “features wheel-to-wheel action on dirt and asphalt.”

By pitting small production-based cars against each other, the Red Bull Global Rallycross aims to produce some of the fastest and even the most exciting races in history.

This event is the perfect platform for the new Civic Coupe to showcase its capabilities and power to its enthusiastic and performance-minded young audience as envisioned by Nick Lee, National Advertising Manager for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

He adds that while they do not want to encourage the audience to do 70-foot jumps out on the street, the event will serve as a platform “to tell people about all the incredible technology and performance capabilities” of the new Civic Coupe.

What makes the new Civic Coupe all the more interesting is that it will be handled by two very famous race car drivers – Swedish race car driver, Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman from Finland. Eriksson and Wiman have been in the race track for a long time, both of them competing in the 2013 GRC Lites Competition where Eriksson finished runner-up to Wiman.

Also, Wiman won the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship while Eriksson finished second in the same series in 2015. The experience that these two have is an advantage to the Honda Civic Red Bull GRC team.

It is not the first time for Honda to join the said competition as it has been in various North American professional and grassroots auto racing programs. The Red Bull GRC will be an addition to its racing portfolio that includes the Verizon IndyCar Series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge, the United States F4 Championship and many more Touring Car and Rally Car series.

Set to debut on the 21st and 22nd of May this year at a double header event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, the 2016 Honda Global Rallycross Civic is expected to be at its peak of glory while battling it out with other race cars in a race track featuring dirt, asphalt and table-top jumps.

Press Release

HONDA DEBUTS 2016 CIVIC COUPE RACING LIVERY TO COMPETE IN 2016 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS SERIES

Today Honda unveiled the new racing livery for its Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross racecar, announcing plans to campaign the all-new turbocharged 2016 Civic Coupe in the 2016 series in partnership with Red Bull and championship-winning race team Olsbergs MSE. The Honda Civic Red Bull GRC team will begin racing on May 21 in Phoenix at the first event of the season.
Developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by renowned builders and racers Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car is built to withstand the rigorous 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 2016 Honda Civic Red Bull GRC car for Team Honda are experienced competitors and former teammates 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. The two met in competition during the 2013 GRC Lites season, where Eriksson finished runner-up to Wiman, who swept the series.

Honda's entry into Red Bull Global Rallycross is the latest in a diverse portfolio of North American professional and grassroots auto racing programs supported by Honda that include the Verizon IndyCar Series, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, United States F4 Championship and multiple Touring Car and Rally Car series.

Red Bull Global Rallycross is designed to produce some of the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, pitting small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. The 2016 Honda Global Rallycross Civic will make its racing debut on May 21 and May 22 with a double header event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

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