Honda unveiled the new racing livery for its Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross racecar in partnership with Red Bull and championship-winning race team Olsbergs MSE. The Honda Civic Red Bull GRC team will begin first event of the season in Phoenix.
Developed from a production-model 2016 Civic Coupe chassis by Olsbergs MSE with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the all-new Civic Red Bull GRC car is built to withstand the rigorous demands of racing in a Rallycross series that emphasizes repeated aggressive acceleration, contact and varied terrain. The car will boast more than 600 horsepower, turn in a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds which is quicker than most Hypercars and is designed to handle the 70 foot table-top jumps featured on every racetrack.
“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,” said Nick Lee, National Advertising Manager, American Honda Motor Co, Inc.
Driving the 2016 Honda Civic Red Bull GRC car for Team Honda are experienced competitors and former teammates Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman. Eriksson, from Sweden, and Wiman, from Finland, have both made their mark in the series, with Wiman winning the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship and Eriksson finishing second in 2015.