Olsbergs MSE have unveiled their new Honda Civic rallycross car with which they will take on the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.
The car, which was revealed at the New York International Auto Show, will replace the team’s Ford Fiesta which has enjoyed an incredibly successful run in the series, taking all but one series title since the championship began in 2011.
Rumours of a Honda entry in Red Bull GRC have been around for quite some time but became stronger after it was revealed earlier this year that they had split from long-term partner Ford.
“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 for Honda. “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.”
“It’s an honour to be here with Honda and Red Bull,” added Olsbergs MSE boss Andreas Eriksson. “We really look forward to racing with Honda. The heritage they have and the heritage we have in rallycross, to combine this is great.”
Although Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson will pilot the new Civic in Red Bull GRC, Olsbergs will continue to field Fords in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the time being.