After months of speculation, today in New York Honda announced that it is throwing their hat into the Red Bull GRC ring. Olsbergs MSE will race two turbocharged 2016 Honda Civic Coupes. Joni Wiman of Finland, in his third season in Supercars and the 2014 champ, will be joined by Sebastian Eriksson of Sweden. Both competed in GRC with OMSE last year, with Eriksson finishing in second place in 2015.
“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. “We won’t encourage our customers to take 70-foot jumps out on the street, but we will use this platform to tell people about all the incredible technology and performance capabilities of our new Civic Coupe.”
Honda has some series racing chops with cars competing in but not limited to Pirelli World Challenge and Verizon Indy Car. Red Bull GRC continues to look forward to an exciting season with another manufacturer banging doors with Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru and the occasional Chevy. The first bout of 2016 will be May 21 and 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.