Honda has released the first image of the Civic Coupe which will make its debut in Phoenix in May, at the opening round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC.
The Red Bull Olsbergs MSE team competed last year with Ford Fiesta STs, Sebastian Eriksson finishing runner-up, and 2014 GRC champion Joni Wiman taking fifth in the final standings. Each scored one win.
Developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by GRC championship-winning builders Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the turbocharged Civic will boast more than 600 horsepower.
Nick Lee, national advertising manager, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. said: “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.”
Olsbergs MSE, owned and founded by six-time European Rallycross race winner Andreas Eriksson, has long been synonymous with Ford. As well as Wiman's success in 2014, Olsbergs MSE Fiestas have taken Tanner Foust to two GRC crowns, and Toomas Heikkinen to one. The company also won the teams title in FIA World Rallycross in 2014.