Honda is bringing some awesome hardware to run up the mountain in this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb . Honda has a storied history on the mountain including records for EV racers in ’94 and ’99 and last year Honda set the record for fielding the most O.E.M-sponsored vehicles in the most classes. They ran 11 cars in 10 separate classes.
This year Honda is returning to Pike’s Peak and it is bringing one of my favorite sports cars of all time, the first-gen Acura NSX . As one of the few Japanese supercars , it already deserves praise, but when you consider Honda used F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna to help design and sort the chassis, you have a true driver’s car for the ages.
It would have been amazing to see Honda field a new NSX prototype, but with the constant back and forth regarding that vehicles production, I doubt Honda even has enough parts together to create racing mule if they wanted to.
Apart from the NSX, Honda has planes to run a Fit EV, a B-Spec class Fit racer, a CBR600RR motorcycle and a TRX450 ATV in the event. Honda is also quick to point out that much of their ATV equipment is also being used by race officials to travel around the mountain.
While I am most interested in the NSX, Honda is also helping to power a Norma M20FC entrant in the Unlimited class. It looks like Honda is going all-in on Pike’s Peak, and that makes us super happy.
Click past the jump to read more about some of Honda’s Pike Peak entrants.
The NSX was a huge leap forward in speed, performance and design for Honda. It was a fraction of the price of metal from Ferrari, but would handily trump those machines around a race track.
In its first six years, the NSX was powered by 3.0-liter V-6 mounted behind the front seats that produced 270 horses — reduced to 252 horsepower with the auto transmission — and 210 pound-feet of torque. In 1997, Acura switched to a 3.2-liter V-6 that pushed power to 290 horsepower in manual transmission-equipped models only — all automatic models kept the old 3.0-liter V-6.
Gallery Acura NSX
As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda announced today that it is making a major commitment to the 2014 running of the legendary Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in seven distinct race classes. In addition, Honda will be working with the AMA and the Pikes Peak sanctioning body on improvements which will provide new levels of safety to the Motorcycle / ATV / UTV / Sidecar competitors.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will return as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 92nd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on Sunday, June 29.
In addition, Honda Power Sports will be the official ATV / UTV of the event, showcasing its latest products to support the sanctioning body.
"Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around the world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda. "Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda Racing Spirit."
This year also represents the first time a competitor at Pikes Peak has worked with the sanctioning body to improve overall safety at the historic event. Showcasing its global commitment to safety, Honda has worked with the AMA and the Pikes Peak sanctioning body to implement the race-proven technology of AirFence Provided by RoadRacing World Action Fund on key corners of the course. The AirFence has been successfully used in professional motorcycle racing worldwide and promises to enhance the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak hill climb.
With support from Honda’s North American R&D and motorsports companies – Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Honda Performance Development, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, as well as Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Honda will showcase its diverse range of fun-to-drive/ride products and will field products in seven race classes, building upon the unprecedented level of involvement in 2013.
Along with vehicles developed and piloted by Honda’s North American associates under the banners of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team-Honda Research (THR), Honda is also supporting 2011 Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year and second-place overall finisher Romain Dumas in his own entry of a Honda-powered Norma RD Limited prototype chassis in the Unlimited class.
As a further extension of Honda’s sponsorship effort, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area. Honda Power Sports will also be providing Honda ATV / UTV products to support the sanctioning body during race week.
|Category||Class||Vehicle||Driver / Rider||Honda Company|
|Car||Unlimited||Norma [Honda Powered]||Romain Dumas||-|
|Car||Pikes Peak Open||Acura NSX [1st gen. NSX]||James Robinson||Honda R&D|
|Car||Time Attack||Honda S3700||Sage Marie||Honda North America|
|Car||Exhibition||Honda Fit [B-Spec]||Corey Taguchi||Honda R&D|
|Car||EV||Honda Fit EV||Roy Richards||Honda R&D|
|Motorcycle||Middleweight||Honda CBR600RR||Zach Jacobs||Honda R&D|
|ATV||450 ATV||Honda TRX450||Keith Steidl||Honda R&D|
Honda has competed in the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past. In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America. In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V-6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide-body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART). Prior to that, Honda set records in EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. In 2013, Honda competed in 10 distinct racing classes with 11 vehicles – the most of any single O.E.M. in the history of Pikes Peak. At this event, Honda is continuing its efforts to showcase its racing spirit and its commitment to safety. This year also marks the first time Honda will be supporting Romain Dumas with Honda power to challenge the Unlimited class.