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Alfa Romeo 4C is Safety Car for 2014 WTCC

Eurosport Events has selected the Alfa Romeo 4C as the Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the entire 2014 season. The Alfa Romeo 4C will be finished in a special livery and will be on the grid for every WTCC race during the 2014 season. It will start its duty at the Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakech in Morocco on April 12 and 13.

WTCC organizers chose the Alfa Romeo 4C -- named as the “Most Beautiful Car of 2013” at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris – after it won a poll organized on Eurosport’s Web site network, in partnership with the International Automobile Festival (IAF). Eurosport produces and promotes the FIA WTCC through its Eurosport Events unit.

Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand's modern icon and embodies the “Alfa Romeo DNA”: performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breath-taking style. The mid-engine, rwd, two-seater super-coupé boasts of first-rate acceleration and speed that would prove to be useful as the Safety Car for the WTCC 2014 season.

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Citroen released first images of C-Elysee WTCC

Citroen has released the first images of the model that it would field for the World Touring Car Championship in 2014. To be driven by no other than Sebastien Loeb, the Citroën C-Elysee WTCC could now be seen, albeit in pictures. Citroen recently confirmed that it would be entering the 2014 WTCC and it has been raring to provide the public a glimpse of the first vehicle designed in accordance with the new WTCC regulations, which is currently being prepared by the FIA for the category in 2014.

The WTCC racer is based on the C-Elysée that Citroen unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. A C-segment saloon, the Citroen C-Elysée, is targeted mainly towards high-growth, international markets like Latin America, the Mediterranean region, China and Russia.

The carmaker has already received around 30,000 orders for the C-Elysée, accounting for 30% of the initial sales target. Frédéric Banzet, chief executive of the Citroën Brand, remarked that the selection of the C-Elysée as the basis for their WTCC car reflects their determination to use racing as an active means of supporting their commercial development.

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Seat Leon will return to WTCC in 2013

SEAT Sport will support four customer teams vying in the 2013 season of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).  SEAT Sport will be supporting teams from Spain (Campos Racing and Tuenti Racing Team), United Kingdom (Special Tuning Racing), and Germany (Münnich Motorsport). SEAT Sport will be providing the four teams with the SEAT Leon WTCC, which is considered as one of the most successful touring car racers in recent years.

Münnich Motorsport’s Robert Huff, the reigning World Touring Car Champion, will be piloting the Leon WTCC bearing number 1. He will be backed by another reigning world champion in his team, Marc Basseng.

Basseng is the victor of the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship. Team Campos Racing, meanwhile, will try to give a good fight by fielding Fernando Monje, who is the current European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) champion. Monje will also drive a SEAT Leon WTCC.

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Chevrolet releases video commemorating its eight-year WTCC success

Chevrolet is commemorating eight years of successful racing by showing a highlights reel that relives all the joy, pain, tears and celebrations that marked the carmaker’s ascension to the peak of World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), considered as the top touring car series in the world. 

Chevrolet’s video underscores the voyage its team has taken – from the inception of the WTCC in 2005, with the Chevrolet Lacetti positioned at just over two seconds behind pole position, to its last race in Macau in November 2012, with the Chevrolet Cruzes getting the top three spots and leaving the series with 68 race victories under its belt.

The team’s steady rise to the series’ summit was the result of Chevrolet and RML’s resolve to become the best in the world -- a philosophy that is mirrored in the carmaker’s product range.

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There’s a new engine in Europe! Honda has recently introduced the new HR412E 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. So far, it isn’t set to be used on any production car. Both direct-injection and turbocharging are used in this engine. Rather, its debut will be under the hood of the new Civic race car in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

According to Daisuke Horiuchi, WTCC Development Project Leader at Honda R&D, the HR412E is the first of Honda’s new generation of high performance racing engines. He said that the engineers at the R&D centre in Tochigi have toiled to build a race engine that offers ‘great driveability’ to its racing drivers without sacrificing peak power performance.

There are speculations that Honda’s racing efforts may just be a part of a bigger plan to develop turbocharged engines for the road. Horiuchi said that the company’s innovations in relation to this engine will result to benefits outside of the race track, aiding in further increasing the road car engines’ efficiency.

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Honda has decided that its European Civic will participate in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the automaker's CEO Takanobu Ito has disclosed. He further stated that they will develop a "totally new" engine for this endeavor and that they are "all excited" in commencing this "new challenge." 

For this project, Honda has entered into a joint partnership with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport. Honda R&D is creating a bespoke racing engine, while Mugen will manufacture and maintain it.

Meanwhile, J.A.S. Motorsport will create the race vehicle, utilizing the new Honda Civic 5 door built in Honda's Swindon (UK) manufacturing facility. The racing engine is a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter, turbo-charged, direct injection petrol engine, which is developed in line with the Super 2000 regulations of the FIA.

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