Honda Automobiles: Honda Performance Development Entering Its Third Decade with Strongest-Ever Support for North American Motorsports during Professional and Entry Levels

Posted on 06. Jun, 2014 by in Honda Canada

Honda’s U.S. formed racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is entering a third decade of operations with a some-more different operation of racing products and foe engineering services than ever before. Established in 1993, HPD is a technical operations core for Honda’s high-performance racing programs and specializes in a pattern and growth of foe engines, framework and opening parts, as good as technical/race support.

In further to appearance in apex racing, by a Honda Racing Line program, HPD is assisting business and enthusiasts fuel their possess motorsports passion by a immeasurable array of opening tools and strange apparatus and deputy tools opposite a extended spectrum of professional, semi-pro, and pledge racing classes, from karting and entertain midgets all a approach adult to a Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

“We have usually stretched a range of a capabilities and operations in America over a past dual decades, as we try to share Honda’s passion for racing with Honda fans, customers, and racing enthusiasts of all stripes,” pronounced Art St. Cyr, boss of Honda Performance Development and clamp boss of Auto Operations for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “As we enter a third decade of operations, we are strongly committed to a continued support of U.S. racing during all levels and to pity a passion for racing, that is during a core of Honda’s DNA.”

Today, HPD employs some-more than 150 associates during a Santa Clarita, California domicile and a Tech Center in Brownsburg, Indiana. HPD strictly non-stop a Tech Center in May 2013. The trickery facilities a state-of-the-art Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) pushing simulator that can save racing teams both time and money, as endless exam programs can be run by a simulator with a team’s motorist during a circle and group engineers monitoring motorist performance.

“The HPD Tech Center is another instance of Honda bringing RD activities to a heart of a North American motorsports community,” pronounced Steve Eriksen, HPD clamp boss and arch handling officer. “This is a growth apparatus that will move advantages to all of a motorsports activities, by a concentration on sum automobile opening encompassing engine, chassis, tires and a driver.”

HPD was creatively determined to support Honda’s entrance into U.S. open-wheel racing. Honda’s record of success in IndyCar racing includes 208 foe wins, 15 drivers’ championships, 6 manufacturers’ championships in competition, and 10 Indianapolis 500 foe wins. From 2006 to 2011, Honda was a solitary engine retailer to a IndyCar series.

Following are highlights of HPD’s foe engineering and foe support portfolio

Open Wheel

  • IndyCar –
    • Honda’s HI14RTT twin-turbo V8 powers 8 teams and 15 drivers in a 2014 Verizon IndyCar series.
    • Honda has granted engines to America’s premier open-wheel racing array given 1994 and was a solitary engine retailer to a array from 2006 until 2011, delivering failure-free energy to teams competing in a mythological Indianapolis 500 for 6 years and scarcely 15,000 foe miles.
  • Formula Atlantic – Honda has sponsored a Atlantic Championship Series given 2012. The HPD K20 with dual energy variants is authorised for foe within both this array and a SCCA.
  • Formula Lites – The new array announced in May that it has adopted a Honda K24 to energy a Crawford Composites constructed chassis.
  • Formula F – In Feb 2010 HPD began shipping 1.5-liter Honda Fit engines for use in a SCCA’s Formula F class, a entrance indicate of U.S. open-wheel racing. Today, a Honda-HPD 1.5L energy plant is a engine of choice within North America; authorised in a following series: F1600 Formula F Pro Series, Pacific F1600 Championship, Formula Tour 1600, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, and a SCCA.
  • Karting – HPD provides support for 125cc and 250cc shifter karts, where a new HPD-developed 4-stroke package will be accessible for one of a quickest categories in karting.

Short Track

  • USAC – In 2012 Honda announced a pretension sponsorship of USAC, and a National Midget, Honda/HPD Midget and 0.25 Midget array classes.
  • Midgets – Honda K24 ‘crate’ engines are a spec energy plant for a Honda/HPD Midget Series. USAC began delivering a hermetic engines to their competitors in early May.
  • Quarter Midgets – Honda has had a prolonged attribute with Quarter Midgets of America and has upheld USAC 0.25 Midget programs given 2011.

Closed Wheel

  • Prototype Sportscars –
    • Honda been provision engines and foe cars for U.S. sports automobile racing given 2007. HPD swept all manufacturer, engine, group and motorist awards in a LMP1 and LMP2 classes of a American Le Mans Series in 2012 and steady this attainment in 2013.
    • In Apr 2014 HPD announced skeleton to offer patron teams a really latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports automobile record with a HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe, grown in partnership with longtime technical partner Wirth Research. The automobile is powered by a proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, approach injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6.
    • The strange HR28TT was co-developed by HPD and Honda RD Americas, Inc., a North American arm of Honda RD Co., Ltd. The engine uses a batch block, heads and drive-by-wire system, a same systems employed in prolongation Honda and Acura models including a Odyssey minivan and Pilot and Acura MDX sport-utility veh icles.
    • Club Racing –
      • Since 2010, HPD has supposing support in a form of products and strait for veteran Touring Car teams holding partial in a SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
      • It also offers strait support for NASA US Touring Car Championship competitors racing in 2006 or newer Honda Civic Si; and, for autocross competitors in both SCCA Pro Solo and a Solo National Championships.
      • HPD also offers strait support for competitors in both particular SCCA Rallycross events and a Rallycross National Championships.
      • Spec Racer –
        • In December, 2010, Honda and Mazda jointly announced a arrangement of B-Spec Showroom Stock class, to yield a reduce cost automobile class. Honda’s B-Spec kit, grown around a Honda Fit, utilizes a batch engine and chassis. By wise it with a foe hurl cage, racing chair and other reserve apparatus – and HPD specified cessation components, tires and wheels – providing an affordable entrance turn foe car.
        • HPD has granted bin engines to TMI for a Arial Atoms given 2010. TMI and HPD collaborated on a singular book Honda Racing/HPD Track-day Car, that employs a singular mix of opening components and is powered by a ‘HPD-spec K24Z7’ engine.

        Since 2009, Honda Performance Development has also operated Honda Racing Line that is a bar targeted during participants in a pledge and entry-level veteran racing ranks who foe Honda or Acura products. The Honda Racing Line provides a members with a approach tie to Honda Performance Development and a forlorn record of success during a apex levels of motorsport. This channel to bureau support offers Honda Racing Line members a event to squeeze racing-performance tools for expedited delivery

        The same creation that has driven dual decades of rare success in apex motorsports is during a core of HPD’s Street Performance brand, announced during a Specialty Equipment Manufacturers (SEMA) uncover in Nov 2013. The HPD Supercharged CR-Z pack facilities a accumulation of track-proven, street-reliable opening upgrades; and, will be sole by Honda dealers. These embody a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger (available
        Summer 2014), HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, atmosphere filter complement and HPD competition exhaust, as good as HPD competition dampers, curl springs, front brakes and 18-inch wheels propitious with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

        This recover might also be seen on HPD’s website here:
        http://hpd.honda.com/indycar/press/detail.aspx?id=51086286577965876076

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