Jazz pow­ers rally dream

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DE­SIGNED to G2 spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the new Honda Jazz com­bines the very best in Aus­tralian and Euro­pean en­gi­neer­ing, with spec­i­fi­ca­tions found in many World Rally Cham­pi­onship cars.

The Mu­gen-tuned 2.0-litre en­gine de­liv­ers 183kw at 9000 revs and 193Nm of torque.

Honda will be en­ter­ing a sec­ond driver com­bi­na­tion along­side Eli Evans and Glen We­ston, to be an­nounced early this year.

Honda Australia spokesper­son Lind­say Smalley said the new cars could take Honda from chal­lengers to cham­pi­ons.

“We are ex­cited about the next year of ral­ly­ing. Rac­ing is in Honda’s DNA,” Mr Smalley said. “These rally cars are mod­i­fied with the best en­gi­neer­ing from Australia and Europe. Fit­ted with Mu­gen en­gines, these may well be the fastest Jazz in the world.

“Honda is proud to con­tinue its sup­port of Aus­tralian ral­ly­ing and we hope next sea­son will be even bet­ter than the last. As our founder Mr Honda said, ‘if Honda does not race, there is no Honda’.”

Bosch ARC boss Scott Ped­der wel­comed Honda’s ex­panded com­mit­ment to the Cham­pi­onship and con­grat­u­lated the com­pany on its ini­tia­tive.

“Honda has to be com­mended for lead­ing the way and be­ing the first to com­mit to the new for­mula,” Mr Ped­der said.

“The Honda Civic Type R that Eli Evans and Glen We­ston cam­paigned over the past two years has be­come a crowd favourite at ral­lies around the coun­try, be­cause of how ex­cit­ing it looks on the stages and the great sound it makes. These new cars are go­ing to look even bet­ter.

“The ren­der­ings of the new Honda Jazz G2 are very ex­cit­ing and give a strong in­di­ca­tion of how the new gen­er­a­tion of twowheel drive rally cars will look (pic­tured). I am sure they will fire the imag­i­na­tion of rally en­thu­si­asts.”

The 2012 sea­son with have six rounds, with a Rally Show­case at Calder Park in Vic­to­ria to mark the sea­son start in March.

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