Oaktec, the team behind the class-winning Honda Insight hybrid rally car, has a new project – a new Honda Civic hybrid rally car – and you can see it in action for the first time at the Chatsworth Rally Show on 29/30 September where it will do demonstration drives through the rally special stage.
The new car has been built to Group N regulations and will compete in a rally before the end of 2007. It retains its CVT transmission and has official backing from Honda UK.
Oaktec is already even conducting a feasibility study into building a higher performance version of this car using a 2.0 litre Civic Type R engine mated to the IMA system, as well as continuing the development of low emission engines using renewable alcohol and biogas fuels, to work in conjunction with the energy efficient hybrid technologies.
The target is to build the world’s first bio-fuel/hybrid Super Touring Car to race in the British Touring Car Championship.
The Chatsworth Rally Show also features a new Bowler ‘Nemesis’ – a new specially designed off-road racer disguised as a Range Rover Sport, and due to run on bioethanol.
The two day event will include three competitive Special Stage rallies for both Historic and modern rally cars, a pageant of “Rallying History” – featuring many of the world’s greatest rally cars, precision and stunt-driving displays – including TV star, Russ Swift, and “Stage Sessions” for owners of competition and modified road cars, giving them the opportunity of driving the special stages under non-competitive “track day” conditions.