Honda announced that the all-new Civic Type R road car for the European markets will be directly developed by the Civic WTCC racing car that Tiago Monteiro will drive on her maiden appearance in the world championship, in three week-time at Suzuka.
Yesterday, during a press conference at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, Manabu Nishimae, President of Honda Motor Europe unveiled details about this new model: “Thrilling, sporty products are part of Honda's DNA. The Type R brand has a passionate following from Honda customers and the new model will again aim to set new standards in performance and handling. Developed specifically for the European market and with the application of technologies developed through Honda's participation in the World Touring Car Championships, the all-new Type R will aim to become the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nürburgring race course.”
At the end of the press conference Mr Nishimae invited Monteiro and his 2013 team-mate Gabriele Tarquini to join him on the stage.