Honda’s ramp-up to its World Touring Car championship bid has been given a huge boost in the form of a new engine for its racing Civic. The bespoke 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection, turbocharged engine was developed at Honda’s research and development centre in Tochigi, Japan and delivered to the Honda Racing Team JAS workshop in Milan, Italy, where the Civic WTCC is being developed after passing initial tests.'REVOLUTIONARY ENGINE'Daisuke Horiuchi, Honda’s WTCC development project leader, said: “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."We believe the innovations that led to this revolutionary engine will also lead to benefits beyond the race track, helping us to further increase the efficiency of our road car engines."The news follows the recent naming of Honda’s works team drivers in the WTCC - Italian Gabriele Tarquini and Portuguese ex-F1 driver Tiago Monteiro. Both drivers will compete in the 2013 Touring Car championship, although Honda will field one car for three 2012 races, starting with Suzuka in October.