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Honda Civic Touring Car 2012

Just a couple of days back Honda released the pictures of its new 2012 Civic Touring car, which it calls the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC). Based on the euro-spec Civic, the NGTC is currently undergoing tests. It will compete at the upcoming British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Although the company has declined from giving out the specifications of the car just now, we can say the car looks quite meaty from the pictures that have been released. The photos released so far shows the car in plain white and without any touch of racing colors. By the look of it, it can be seen that the car has quite an aggressive body kit along with a side-mounted exhaust and a quite a prominent rear spoiler. It has been fitted with Dunlop tires and a roll cage inside.

In a statement released by the company it was said that the new car will have a bespoke 1.6 liter turbocharged inline four engine built by Honda's R&D division keeping the Super 2000 regulations of FIA in mind. Honda has also entered into a partnership with Mugen & J.A.S Motorsport to develop this vehicle further and make it ready for the BTCC.

The car will now be tested by Honda team drivers Gordon 'Flash' Shedden and triple BTCC Champion Matt Neal.

The Honda Racing Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship team are putting the new Civic Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) through its paces at its first public test outing at Brands Hatch today (21 February 2012).

Both Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden and triple-BTCC champion Matt Neal will be pushing the car to the limit to make it is as competitive as possible ahead of the season debut on 1 April 2012.

The testing at Brands Hatch follows a successful preliminary test at the MIRA test track last week where the car underwent extensive system checks to ensure it is fully functional. Matt Neal and the Honda Racing team spent Friday acclimatising to the car and making sure it’s safe and ready for track testing.

Matt Neal commented; “This is the first opportunity we have had to get behind the wheel to really see what the car has got. The team are really pleased with the results from the test at MIRA last week and I can’t wait to finally start putting the car through its paces.

“It will be interesting to see how the car performs, but I’m optimistic that we’ll walk away from today confident we have a championship winning car.”

Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden added; “The feedback on the new Civic NGTC car so far is incredibly promising and I’ve been itching to get into the car since the end of the 2011 season. Like Matt mentioned, this is the first time we have had to really push the car and I’m looking forward to putting it into action.”

Team Manager, Peter Crolla, concluded; “The team have all been working incredibly hard since the start of the NGTC programme back in August so everybody’s very excited to see the new car on track for the first time. It’ll be interesting from the point of view of both drivers and engineers to see how the car behaves on a track where we were very competitive with the S2000 Civic and we can really start to understand and develop the new car.

“The main aim for the day will be to establish a baseline set-up for the car which we can then tune for the various circuits we visit during the season. Initial feedback from the MIRA shakedown was positive so we’re hoping to continue that today and cover some valuable mileage with both Matt and Gordon behind the wheel”.

The next testing session takes place at Donington Park circuit on Thursday 23 February.

Honda Civic Touring Car 2012

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