The World Touring Car Championship doesn't quite have the same level of glamour as DTM or WRC, but that doesn't mean that manufacturers competing in it aren't serious about the cause. Among these are Honda, Chevrolet, Seat and Citroen, the latter will be a new entrant in 2014 fielding a car for nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb. You can see the Frenchman testing his new car here.

Honda is has just released the first image of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship challenger. A new set of  technical regulations govern the series from 2014 and this Civic shows all the new external changes. The Honda Civic WTCC computer generated images shows the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, sleeker aero package and extended rear spoiler. Add all this to increased engine power of 285 kW and the 2014 Honda WTCC racer is clearly ambitious to retain Honda’s Manufacturers World Championship crown and enable the drivers to challenge for the World Champion title.

Two works cars will be run by JAS Motorsport for Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro with further Civics to be entered by private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively.