Honda has presented the new Civic Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC). Both Gordon ‘Flash' Shedden and triple-BTCC champion Matt Neal will be pushing the car to the limit to make it is as competitive as possible ahead of the season debut on 1 April 2012.

"This is the first opportunity we have had to get behind the wheel to really see what the car has got. The team are really pleased with the results from the test at MIRA last week and I can't wait to finally start putting the car through its paces. It will be interesting to see how the car performs, but I'm optimistic that we'll walk away from today confident we have a championship winning car.", said Matt Neal.

"The feedback on the new Civic NGTC car so far is incredibly promising and I've been itching to get into the car since the end of the 2011 season. Like Matt mentioned, this is the first time we have had to really push the car and I'm looking forward to putting it into action.", Gordon ‘Flash' Shedden added.

"The team have all been working incredibly hard since the start of the NGTC programme back in August so everybody's very excited to see the new car on track for the first time.  It'll be interesting from the point of view of both drivers and engineers to see how the car behaves on a track where we were very competitive with the S2000 Civic and we can really start to understand and develop the new car." Team Manager, Peter Crolla concluded.

The next testing session takes place at Donington Park circuit on Thursday 23 February.

Honda Civic NGTC

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Source: Honda