Honda has revealed its striking entry for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, with the Civic becoming the first model to be unveiled based around the series' new regulations.
The Japanese manufacturer, which secured the manufacturers' title during its full factory return to the premier touring car series last season, is the first to officially reveal a 2014-specification WTCC car, one that conforms to new regulations that are designed to improve both the spectacle and the racing.
As well as lower weight and increased power output, the new 'TC1' cars will adopt more spectacular design, with larger wheels, exaggerated wings and chunkier bodywork, as evidenced by the new Civic when compared with its predecessor.
What does remain the same, however, is the driver line-up with experienced racers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro staying on board for a second season, while distinctive title backers Castrol ensure the livery stays fairly similar too.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Honda, after a first successful season in the FIA WTCC with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro,” said Castrol's Donald Smith. “For us, there is something special about the coming together of two brands with such rich and successful racing pedigrees. The new livery looks absolutely fantastic, with Castrol and Honda once again sharing the red and the white!”
In addition to Honda's official Castrol entry, Zengo Motorsport and Proteam will also enter a pair of privateer Civics in 2014 for Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani respectively.
Honda will face factory-assisted competition from newcomers Citroen in 2014, along with LADA, while Chevrolet – title winners for the last four seasons - will also have a continued presence, albeit with a model created and developed independent by the RML Group.