- Six Honda Performance Development Honda Civic Si’s in 17-car TCA field at Circuit of the America
- Each Honda comes equipped with Red Line Synthetic Oil’s new Professional Series Oil
- 2019 TC America season opens March 2-3
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 28, 2019) - Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Red Line Synthetic Oil, a leading supplier of high-performance synthetic lubricants and additives, will kickoff the 2019 SRO Motorsports TC America Series with six new Honda Civic Si TCA entries. This bumper crop of turnkey, current-generation Honda Civic Si race cars, engineered by HPD, is a direct result of the success achieved in 2018, with driver Tom O’Gorman winning the Pirelli World Challenge TCA Drivers’ Championship, and is a testament to the Civic Si as a dynamic and proven racing platform that is affordable and fun to drive. After extensive testing by HPD, each vehicle will run Red Line’s Professional-Series oils throughout the season.
The HPD Civic Si race car is built from the HPD Civic Body-in-White that debuted at the 2016 SEMA show. HPD includes a full complement of race-tested performance parts developed by running the car during the past two seasons in the Pirelli World Challenge, and provides technical support and documentation through its HPD Racing Line program. In addition to the SRO TC America TCA class, the HPD Civic Si is also eligible to run in SCCA T3 and NASA H2 classes.
The complete race car is priced at $52,500 (excluding delivery) and includes an installed roll cage, HPD-developed and homologated parts including engine, suspension, exhaust, and electronics packages. A full list of racing components included in the Honda Civic Si racing package is available at https://hpd.honda.com/Articles/Touring/CivicSi.
“Since its launch, the current-generation Civic Si has represented a legacy of racing success and performance for our customers,“ said John Whiteman, manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports. “We’re committed to providing the best Honda racing products to our Racing Line customers, and our in-house engineers ensure that they are developed, tested, and supported more extensively than any other available products. We’re pleased to have all of these new Civic Si race cars competing in TC Americas this year.”
Once the car builds are completed, the engines are filled with Red Line Synthetic Oil’s Professional-Series lubricant. The company is the Official Lubricant Partner of the Honda Racing Line program and provided technical support throughout the production of the vehicles. Each car is delivered with additional quarts of Red Line Synthetic Oil, sufficient for the first oil change, to ensure that the engines can run at their maximum potential.
Red Line’s Professional-Series oils are API SN PLUS approved and are specifically designed to combat low-speed pre-ignition in gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engines, while maintaining the highest allowable tolerances permitted within the OEM/API certification guidelines. The oils are compatible with both low- and high-mileage engines and designed to help maintain vehicles throughout their lifetime.
“We’ve partnered with HPD as the official lubricant partner for the U.S. F4 and F3 Americas open-wheel series, and now we’re extremely excited to see these Civic Si race cars hit the track,” said Kit Szwarcburg, Director of Marketing at Red Line Synthetic Oil. “The Professional-Series oil we’ve provided has been extensively tested and approved by HPD, so customers can rest assured that they will be receiving the optimum performance and protection for their race engines. Additionally, customers can run these oils in their street vehicles while maintaining their factory warranty. No matter the vehicle or its use, Red Line has you covered.”
The modern TCA Civic Si is an ideal race car for competitors stepping up to the next level of Touring Car racing. Sally McNulty, a fixture on the Time Attack circuit and a 2019 rookie TCA driver, decided to apply her on-track racing skills in wheel-to-wheel competition, getting her race training at the Skip Barber Racing School and earning her TC America Racing License.
“I’ve seen the success that Tom O’Gorman had last year, and I really wanted a reliable and competitive car to race in my first year in TC America,” she said. “I felt comfortable in my Borla HPD Civic Si right away and can’t wait to get out on the grid at the first race at the Circuit of the Americas!”
The first TC America TCA 2019 race kicks off at 3:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1. The SRO Motorsports race weekend includes the GT America class, featuring cars like the Acura NSX GT3, and the TCR class featuring the Honda Civic Type R TCR race car. All of these race vehicles are available through Honda Performance Development.
About Honda Performance Development:
Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) is Honda's racing company in North America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, and technical/race support. We also offer parts and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and are expanding our support of racing series and programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing.
About Red Line Synthetic Oil
In 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil began creating lubricants for the racing industry. Today, Red Line Synthetic Oil manufactures more than 100 products, including motor oils, gear oils, ATFs, assembly lubes, fuel additives and the popular WaterWetter® cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine and industrial markets. Red Line Synthetic Oil uses extensive knowledge of racing to create high-performance products for track cars and street vehicles. To find a dealer or order online, log on to www.redlineoil.com.