Having recently confirmed it will continue in the FIA World Touring Car Championship this year, the Nika Racing team has announced that it will part with long-time partner, Chevrolet, and instead race a Honda Civic.
The team had originally opted to run the Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T it campaigned to two outright race wins last year.
“[Last year] was a fantastic year for Nika Racing, and we’re thrilled to remain a part of the WTCC,” team principal Nicklas Karlsson said.
“The championship continues to enjoy an ever-growing relevance for the motoring industry, and it’s with great pleasure that we’re now looking forward to our new partnership with Honda. At the same time, I would like to take this occasion to thank Chevrolet for some truly unforgettable years.
“Together, we’ve won two STCC titles and claimed three WTCC race wins, and Chevrolet played an instrumental role in establishing Nika Racing on the international arena. It’s time to look towards the future, however – and as far as that’s concerned, I’m glad to say that 2014 marks only the beginning of a very interesting journey.”
The one-car outfit will compete in the category’s TC2 championship tier for older-spec Super 2000 machinery, with Yukinori Taniguchi behind the wheel of a Honda Civic WTCC (pictured above). The Japanese driver will be forced to miss selected rounds due to pre-existing commitments, and in those cases a substitute driver will be sought.
Image via FIA WTCC Media