Are you ready to watch the all-new Civic fly – literally? In a bit of motorsports news we can only characterize as out of left field, Honda announced today it has joined forces with energy drink maker Red Bull and race team Olsbergs MSE to campaign the 2016 Global Rallycross Championship. It’ll be doing so in a highly modified version of the tenth-generation Civic coupe, the livery of which was unveiled today in advance of the New York auto show.
Olsbergs MSE will work with Honda Performance Development (HPD) to develop the racecar, which Honda is claiming will boast more than 600 horsepower and turn in a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds. Driving the GRC Civic for Team Honda will be 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 GRC and Eriksson finishing second in 2015. The two met in competition during the 2013 GRC Lites season, where Eriksson finished runner-up to Wiman, who swept the series.
Calling the move to run GRC a great way to showcase the new Civic to an “enthusiastic, performance-minded young audience,” Honda joins a growing list of OEMs which have gotten involved with the series that includes Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen, Dodge, Chevy, and others. The 2016 Honda Global Rallycross Civic will make its racing debut on May 21 and May 22 with a double-header event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, hit up RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.