Honda Automobiles: Honda Announces Return to Baja during 2015 SEMA Show, Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Hints during Styling Direction for All-New 2017 Ridgeline Pickup

Posted on 04. Nov, 2015 by in Honda Canada

Today during a 2015 SEMA Show, Honda suggested a Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, a purpose-built racing appurtenance that outlines Honda’s lapse to off-road lorry racing, while also providing an early glance during a styling instruction for a all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup that will strike play showrooms in a initial half of subsequent year. The Honda vaunt also showcased a multifaceted arrangement of personalized Honda cars, SUVs, powersports products and two- and four-wheeled racing machines.

The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, in red, white and black Honda Racing livery, will contest in this year’s regulating of a SCORE Baja 1000. The tube-frame total difficulty off-road lorry is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 grown by Honda’s U.S. motorsports engineering arm, Honda Performance Development (HPD), and facilities a physique designed by Honda RD Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio with impulse taken from a next-generation Ridgeline truck, also being designed and grown by Honda RD in North America. Key pattern cues drawn from a rarely expected 2017 Honda Ridgeline can be seen in a front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

“We’re happy to share some of a high-level styling instruction for Ridgeline and to applaud this dried foe lorry that signals a lapse of HPD energy to Baja,” pronounced Art St. Cyr, boss of Honda Performance Development. “While this foe lorry is singular and opposite from a prolongation Ridgeline, it does a good pursuit of expressing not usually a styling instruction though also a fact that a Ridgeline, for all a singular qualities, has been and will continue to be a pickup with loyal lorry capability.”

The Ridgeline Baja foe lorry is being grown by HPD in partnership with a Proctor Racing Group. It will be powered by HPD’s HR35TT foe engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing upwards of 550 horsepower and regulating a same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as a prolongation engine that will energy a all-new Ridgeline. Additional tradition elements of a powertrain embody an HPD-designed intake plenum and tradition engine ECU programming.

The Ridgeline Baja Race Truck was not a usually movement in Honda’s 2015 SEMA Show exhibit, where Honda showcased accessorized and customized versions of mixed new Honda models, on dual wheels and four, including:

  • Pilot Baja Chase Vehicle – a specifically tuned 2016 Honda Pilot, in dried racing livery, that will work as a support automobile in Honda’s SCORE Baja 1000 campaign. 
  • Pioneer 1000 – Honda’s newest and many absolute corresponding offering, also in tradition dried vehemence livery, will accompany a Pilot Baja Chase Vehicle on a Baja peninsula to support in a racing effort.
  • 2016 Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe – creation a North American entrance and braggadocio new styling, upgraded apparatus and facilities and a new EX-L Navi trim.
  • 2016 Honda HR-V – 4 custom-designed HR-Vs from tip U.S. tuning houses Bisimoto Engineering, MAD Industries, Tjin Edition and Fox Marketing, any showcasing a implausible customization intensity of Honda’s all-new gateway crossover SUV.
  • 2016 Civic Sedan – a newest entrance in Honda’s automobile lineup, versed with a full apartment of Honda Genuine Accessories.
  • 2016 Pilot Elite Concept “Black Edition” – highlighting many accessible Honda Genuine Accessories and some usually in judgment form, this Pilot also offers a glance during a dim side of this 3-row family SUV.

Honda Ridgeline
Honda will deliver an all-new, second-generation Ridgeline lorry in a initial half of 2016. Honda introduced a first-generation Ridgeline in 2005 as a 2006 model.  The Ridgeline challenged required meditative in pickup lorry pattern with a boxed support uni-body design, charity higher pushing dynamics, fuel potency and interior space, in multiple with midsize pickup towing, hauling and off-road capabilities. It also introduced several industry-first facilities including a dual-action tailgate and lockable In-Bed Trunk. The Ridgeline prisoner both a 2006 North American Truck of a Year and Motor Trend 2006 Truck of a Year and led all other midsize pickups in J.D. Power’s APEAL investigate for 3 uninterrupted years.

Like a original, a next-generation Ridgeline is being designed and grown in North America by Honda RD Americas and will be constructed by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. The new Ridgeline will join an stretched lineup of Honda light trucks that includes a subcompact all-new 2016 HR-V crossover, a ever-popular Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV, and a redesigned 2016 Pilot, in row for a 2016 North American Truck of a Year award. The Ridgeline will be followed by a launch of a totally redesigned Odyssey minivan in a second half of subsequent year. All Honda light trucks are made in North America, and all though a HR-V are constructed exclusively in a U.S. during Honda’s plants in Ohio and Alabama, regulating domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda Baja Racing History
Honda also has a prolonged story of motorcycle foe success during Baja, scoring dual dozen victories, including 17 uninterrupted wins in a SCORE Baja 1000 by 2013. Honda entered four-wheeled SCORE foe on a Baja peninsula in 2005, competing in a Stock Mini Class with a Honda Ridgeline fielded by Clive Skilton and his California Race and Rally (CaRR) organization. Driver Gavin Skilton and a Ridgeline scored their initial SCORE Baja 1000 difficulty feat in 2008, while Gavin and co-driver Andy Grider claimed a second Stock Mini Class win in a 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Both of these difficulty victories came in partnership with Honda Performance Development. Moving adult to Class Six Trophy Truck in 2012, with a tube-frame HPD Desert Pilot grown jointly by HPD and CaRR, Skilton won a difficulty in a SCORE Baja 500 in June, afterwards partnered with hermit Darren Skilton to finish third in that year’s SCORE Baja 1000.

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