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.