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Default Honda reveals 1.6-liter turbocharged heart of its new WTCC Civic racer

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Honda unveils HR412E, 'the heart' of its Civic WTCC racing car

Tokyo, July 27th 2012 - Honda today unveiled the new racing engine
HR412E to power its Civic WTCC race car in the FIA World Touring Car

Developed at Honda's R&D centre in Tochigi, Japan, the HR412E is a
completely bespoke 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged
petrol engine, fully conforming to FIA regulations for the WTCC.

Commenting on the announcement, Daisuke Horiuchi, the WTCC Development
Project Leader at Honda R&D said:

"In the continuous technological development of an internal
combustion engine, the thermal efficiency is the essential key for
improvement. And a race engine is not an exception. This HR412E was
born from such thought process: aiming for higher efficiency."

"The HR412E heralds a new generation of high performance racing
engines from Honda. All engineers at the R&D centre in Tochigi
have worked hard to develop a race engine that will deliver great
driveability to our racing drivers, with no compromise on peak power

"We believe the innovations that have led to this revolutionary
engine will also lead to benefits beyond the race track, helping us to
further increase the efficiency of our road car engines."

The engine has been delivered to the Honda Racing Team JAS workshop in
Milan, Italy, where the Civic WTCC is being developed, and
successfully passed all initial tests.

The news follows the recent naming of Honda's works team drivers in
the the FIA World Touring Car Championship - Italian Gabriele Tarquini
and Portuguese Tiago Monteiro.

Honda will enter the WTCC as early as this season with one car. Behind
the wheel of the Civic WTCC will be ex-Formula One driver Tiago
Monteiro, who will compete in three races, starting at Suzuka in
October 2012. Honda R&D and Mugen will provide trackside support
to the team.

Both drivers will compete in the full FIA World Touring Car
Championship in 2013.

Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro announced as Honda's WTCC

- Tiago Monteiro will race in Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau this year
- Gabriele Tarquini will assist Honda Racing Team JAS on the car's
- Both will race the new "Civic WTCC" in 2013

Tokyo, July 18th 2012 - Honda announced today that Italian Gabriele
Tarquini and Portuguese Tiago Monteiro will be its works team drivers
in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

Earlier this year, Honda already confirmed its entry in the WTCC from
2013 onwards, with a two car works team - Honda Racing Team JAS -
managed by JAS Motorsport (Milano, Italy), Honda's long term racing

J.A.S. Motorsport is currently developing the European Honda Civic
5-door for the WTCC, whilst Honda R&D has created a bespoke, brand
new 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine
at its research and development centre in Tochigi (Japan).

As part of its development programme, Honda will enter the WTCC as
early as this season with one car. Behind the wheel of the "Honda
Civic WTCC" will be ex-Formula One driver Tiago Monteiro, who
will compete in three races, starting at Suzuka in October 2012. Honda
R&D and Mugen will provide trackside support to the team as the
new engine makes its racing debut.

Drawing on his extensive experience in the sport, 2009 World Touring
Car champion Tarquini will also assist the works team on the car's
development this year.

Both drivers will compete in the full FIA World Touring Car
Championship (FIA WTCC) in 2013.

Commenting on the announcement, Hideo Sato, General Manager of Honda
Motorsport Division in Japan, said:

"We are delighted to have Gabriele back with us and excited to
welcome Tiago into the Honda racing family for the first time. Both
are former Formula One drivers and have also proven time and again
that they belong in the absolute top echelon of world touring car
drivers. We are convinced that both drivers will contribute to the
success of the Honda Civic in the FIA WTCC.

I'd also like to express a special gratitude to the FIA and Eurosport
Events, who have both been instrumental in making our entry into the
WTCC possible from this year onwards."

Gabriele Tarquini's racing career began in karting, where he became
both Italian and World Champion. He then moved to Formula 3000 for
three seasons, followed by Formula One, participating in 78 Grand Prix
and working with teams such as Osella, Coloni, AGS, Fondmetal and

In 1994 the Italian then made a successful switch to touring cars.
Starting with the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), he won the
title at his first attempt.

In 1997 he began a five year relationship with Honda, firstly in the
BTCC behind the wheel of a Honda Accord. In 1998 he moved to Germany
to support Honda's assault in the country's STW Cup, and then in 2000
returned to the BTCC. This first 'Honda era' drew to a close in 2001
and was marked by winning nine races in the European Touring Car

Since then Tarquini has competed in the FIA WTCC, including a
championship winning season in 2009, when he took the drivers' title
at the last race of the year.

In the same year that Tarquini first joined Honda (1997), Tiago
Monteiro was making his debut in the French Porsche Carrera Cup.

After a spell in the French Formula 3 and the GT Championship, he
moved to Formula 3000 in 2002 and then the American Champ Car series
in 2003.

He then pushed through to Formula One, driving for Jordan Grand Prix,
Midland F1 and Spyker F1 team. In the 2005 United States Grand Prix he
obtained a podium finish (3rd place) and in the same year went on to
break the record for the highest number of finishes in a season as a
rookie (18); a record that he still holds to date.

Monteiro moved to the FIA WTCC in 2007, where he continues to compete
at the highest level.


About Honda Racing Team JAS
Team Name: Honda Racing Team JAS
Drivers: Gabriele Tarquini as 2012 development driver and 2013 racing
driver, Tiago Monteiro as 2012 racing driver from Suzuka round and for
2013 season
Team Principal: Alessandro Mariani
Chief Designer: Andrea Adamo
Technical Director: Stefano Fini

About the Honda Civic WTCC
Car Designation: Honda Civic WTCC
Base Car: Honda Civic 5Door, produced in Honda's manufacturing plant
located in Swindon (UK).

About J.A.S. Motorsport
- J.A.S. Motorsport is a racing car builder and racing team founded in
1995 to compete mainly in touring car races. It became Honda's partner
in 1997 as a works team in the Super Touring Car era (STW (Germany))
in 1998 &1999, BTCC (UK) in 2000 and has run Honda Racing Customer
Support on behalf of Honda Motor Europe since 2001. Located in Milan,
Italy, J.A.S Headquarters and factory consists of a surface area of
2500 square meters.
- J.A.S. Motorsport's President is Maurizio Ambrogetti and Managing
Director is Alessandro Mariani.

More information can be found at

About Mugen
- Mugen is a brand of M-TEC Co., Ltd. a company based in Saitama
(Japan) whose main motorsport activities are: designing, development,
manufacturing and marketing of racing engines; parts and components
for Honda cars and technical services at racing circuit.
- M-TEC has subsidiaries in America (MUGEN America Inc. (U.S.A.)) and
in Europe (MUGEN EURO Co., Limited (U.K.))

More information can be found at

About WTCC
- WTCC is the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
- Vehicle specification is strictly regulated by FIA Super 2000
- All vehicles who compete in the championship are based on mass
production cars with more than than 4 seats.
- The championship is reserved for cars powered by a 1.6 litre petrol
engine, turbo-charged with direct injection.
- The distance of each race varies between 50 km and 60km
- The full racing season covers 12 racing weekends (two races per
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