Honda unveils the HR412E engine for its Civic WTCC
Promises to lead to improved engines for its consumer cars, too
Honda has unveiled its latest engine design, the HR412E, which is to power the company's Civic WTCC race car in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Developed at Honda's research and development centre in Tochigi, Japan, the HRD412E is a bespoke-design 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine designed to fully conform to FIA regulations for WTCC vehicles.
"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", claimed Daisuke Horiuchi, Honda's WTCC development project leader, at the engine's unveiling. "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 performance."
The engine itself has already been delivered to the Honda Racing Team JAS workshop in Milan, where the Civic WTCC is being developed, and has passed all initial testing. Once development is finalised, the engine will power Honda's single entry in the WTCC season, with ex-Formula One driver Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel starting in October.
Although developed specifically for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, Tochigi claims that lessons learned in the development of the HR412E will lead to direct improvements in future commercial vehicle releases. "We believe the innovations that have led to this revolutionary engine will also lead to benefits beyond the race track", Tochigi claimed at the unveiling, "helping us to further increase the efficiency of our road car engines."