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1320 Video Features A Giant Turbo With A Honda Attached: Video

1320 Video Features A Giant Turbo With A Honda Attached: Video

They like ‘em big down under

I’ve never been there, but I hear Australia has some pretty scary local fauna. Spiders, snakes, sharks… well, it looks like our friends over at 1320 Video found another crazy bit of local wildlife, and it’s got an H badge on the hood. I’ll just cut straight to the chase – what you see before you is a very petite Honda S600 stuffed with a very boosted Toyota 2JZ engine. As if that wasn’t enough, the owner grafted on a positively mammoth 88 mm turbo, blessing the 2,400-pound import with 1,200 horsepower at the rear wheels! It’s enough to run the quarter mile in 7.7 seconds at 167 mph, which ain’t bad for a half-century old tin can.

Of course, I say that with the utmost respect. This build is extremely clean, and the whole car looks polished and sleek, especially under the hood. But if you think seeing that ginormous turbocharger peeking out of the hood borders on the ludicrous, just wait until you see this car attack the drag strip. Watching the Honda race, it looks cartoonishly fast, like it should be leaving a hazy outline of a two-door hatchback at the starting line while lifting the front wheels off the black stuff. Awesome!

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2017 Honda NSX-GT

2017 Honda NSX-GT

The race-spec NSX gets updates for 2017 Super GT season

The second-generation Acura NSX (Honda NSX outside the U.S.) made its global debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and entered production much later, in May 2016. Even though the actual road car was launched for the 2017 model year, it was preceded by a concept car in 2014 and was advertised as early as 2012. In 2014, the first NSX hit the track in Japan, in the form of a GT500-spec racer for the Super GT series.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the road car with a comprehensive aero kit to help with downforce and cornering, the Honda NSX-GT replaced the HSV-010 GT, which in turn replaced the first-generation NSX. Honda’s new race car scored its first win during its maiden season, but ended 2014 with only two victories in a championship dominated by Nismo. A similar scenario followed in 2015, with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri and Team Kunimitsu bringing Honda two wins. Nismo once again won the championship with the Nissan GT-R.

In 2016, things took a turn for the worse, with the Honda NSX-GT failing to win during the six events of the season. With two races left on the calendar by the end of the year, Honda has already unveiled a new car for the 2017 season. Although based on the same NSX, the revised race car brings significant changes on the outside, mainly due to the new regulations introduced for 2017. Join me in my review to find out what sets the new NSX-GT apart from its forerunner.

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Honda To Unleash Updated F1 Engine At British Grand Prix

Honda To Unleash Updated F1 Engine At British Grand Prix

McLaren is getting new firepower for the remainder of the season

Japanese engine supplier Honda will introduce an upgraded power unit at the British Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on July 10 at the Silverstone Circuit. The brand that provides internal combustion engines for McLaren will use a revised intake system that’s supposed to increase the efficiency of the combustion process, which should also boost horsepower ratings. The new intake is essentially a follow up to the updated turbine Honda introduced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, which resulted in a mild reduction in power for the past three races.

"I think since we have introduced the new turbine [things have improved]. Canada and Azerbaijan are too competitive from a power point of view," said Honda’s F1 chief, Yusuke Hasegawa, according to Motorsport.com. "We’ve come back to a normal circuit and I think that is the reason why we can prove that our update was working well, I think."

Honda returned to Formula One as an engine supplier in 2015, when an older partnership with McLaren was revived. But the new collaboration didn’t go well in its first season, McLaren-Honda finishing next to last in the constructors’ championship, with only 27 points, no podiums, and several retirements. The main culprit for that was an underpowered engine and some reliability issues. Things picked up in 2016, when the updates developed last year helped McLaren-Honda finish more races in the top 10 and score 32 points in nine events.

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2016 Honda Civic Red Bull GRC

2016 Honda Civic Red Bull GRC

New season, new car for title-hungry Olsbergs MSE team

The Global Rallycross may not have the prestige of Formula One or the following of NASCAR, but it sure has made a name for itself as one of the most exciting racing series in the world. A handful of automakers, including Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Chevrolet already have racers that compete in the series, and for the 2016 season, another one is joining in on the fun.

Honda is entering the fold this season as the new race car provider of the Red Bull Olsbergs MSE team, considered in the Rallycross circle as the most accomplished team in the series’ short history, having won four of the series’ first five championships. In fact, the only one it lost was the 2015 title, which likely brought about the change in race cars. Whatever its reasons are, Olsbergs MSE has traded the Fiesta ST as the team’s official racer for the Honda Civic Red Bull GSR.

The race car is essentially a loosely based version of the production Civic Coupe. It’s been completely recalibrated by Olsbergs and Honda Performance Division for rallycross use, right down to the prevalent use of Red Bull livery. 2014 GRC champion Joni Wiman and 2015 runner-up Sebastian Eriksson will once again race for Olsbergs MSE. While they did have a lot of success with the Fiesta ST, they’re going to be entering the opening round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC in Phoenix, Arizona with a new car that the team hopes can vault its drivers back to the top of the championship standing.

The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season starts off in May 2016.

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Fernando Alonso Walks Off Unscathed After Horrific Crash At Australian GP

Fernando Alonso Walks Off Unscathed After Horrific Crash At Australian GP

Two-time world champ lauds FIA’s safety measures

Fernando Alonso is lucky to be alive. The Spanish driver admitted to such after a horrific crash at the Australian Grand Prix. The debacle left his McLaren race car completely obliterated. Alonso was engaged in a heated duel with Haas Racing driver Esteban Gutierrez in the 17th lap of the race when his right tire clipped the back of Gutierrez’s car. That contact sent the number 14 McLaren-Honda race car straight into the wall where it smashed to pieces before flipping multiple times and flying all the way to another wall at the end of the run-off area. The car eventually rested upside down in a smoldering heap.

Alonso miraculously walked out of the crash as soon as the car came to a rest, drawing huge sighs of relief from his family, team, and everyone who saw the incredible crash. Watching in real time, it’s easy to see why a lot of people were worried about Alonso. The car not only smacked the wall at high speed, but the momentum of that crash caused the car to flip over multiple times in the air before crashing violently into the dirt.

The crash immediately brought out the red flag, causing the entire race to be stopped temporarily. It eventually resumed with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg taking the checkered flag ahead of teammate and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. But with respect to the two Mercedes drivers and third-place finisher Sebastian Vettel, Alonso’s crash has become the main talking point from the race as it has once again put a spotlight on the Formula One’s move to improve the safety conditions for its drivers during race weekends.

Alonso was quick to give credit for the advancements the sport has made with regards to the safety of the cars themselves. Anybody who saw the crash likely counted on the worst before seeing Alonso walk away unhurt. The crash also brought flashbacks to the accident that led to the death of Jules Bianchi. It may have been different circumstances, but seeing such a wreck makes people think of the worst-case scenarios. Alonso said so himself, so if there’s anybody who knows how lucky he is to still be alive, it’s definitely him.

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 Rolex 24 At Daytona - Race Report

Rolex 24 At Daytona - Race Report

A bucket of firsts, twice-around-the-clock excitement in three of the four classes and some breakthrough performances are what have already transformed this year’s Rolex Daytona 24hrs into a classic and the perfect way to remember that, precisely half a century ago, Daytona hosted its first 24-hour race.

It was no coincidence, then, that Ford decided to bring their new GT racing car to Daytona for its international debut, although few expected the going to be as rough as it proved to be for the two Ganassi-run GT-LM entries. At the complete other end of the spectrum, with a clean and trouble-free race, Scott Sharp’s Extreme Speed Motorsport has scored a historical first win for an LMP2 car at Daytona – the first win for an ACO prototype since 2002.

It’s also the Ligier’s most important international victory and, arguably, the biggest win in the team’s six-year history. And, all of it would not have been possible without the massive aid of Pipo Derani – the young Brazilian hot-shoe that proved instrumental in the Patron-liveried car crossing the line in P1.

While the Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) cars were marred by issues across the board, the most important thing that needs to be put into perspective is the lack of overall pace displayed by these aging cars. The mere fact that the class winner was 20 laps behind the GT-LM Corvettes is one thing, but the fact that the ORECAs were also the slowest of all 54 starters is just as worrying.

Then there’s the GT-Daytona category that’s embraced the GT3 platform for 2016, and the 22-car strong grid proves IMSA right in its choice. Indeed, some pointed a finger toward Lamborghini’s massive top-end speed that is rumored to have been quicker than even the GT-LM cars but, at the end of the day, the Top 7 was comprised of seven different manufacturers. And, at least half of those could have won, given how tight it was at the end.

In a day and age where reliability is part of the status quo, to see two Corvettes battling it out for supremacy bumper-to-bumper after 24 hours of racing may not be that surprising. The fact that veterans Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin were given the green light to goose it out like they did is. Porsche was in close vicinity but the woes that sent out car #911 meant that only #912 was left standing and it was no match at the end for the two C7-Rs. Of the 100% brand-new cars, the Corvettes and Porsches being were new iterations based upon older designs, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 came home fourth and BMW’s IMSA-only M6 GTLM scored fifth.

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Honda Wins First Ever Rolex 24

Honda Wins First Ever Rolex 24

Honda has rewritten racing history by securing their first overall victory at Daytona International Speedway during last night’s Rolex 24. The IMSA WeatherTechSportsCar Championship endurance race was a long fought battle but proof of the new car and its engine’s durability and power. The win against the Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Corvette was by 26 seconds, with Honda’s hot shoe, PipoDeraniremarking, “The last two and a half hours were pretty intense. With the second-place car really pushing us, I couldn’t make any mistakes.”

While Honda’s win is momentous, what’s even more striking is the engine that won – a heavily modified J35 V6 that can be found in the Odyssey minivan. The 3.5 liter HR35TT was developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and retains a remarkable amount of production-based components including the block, heads, valve train, alternator and oil filter. Debuting in 2014, the HR35TT uses twin turbochargers and engine management developed by HPD and McLaren.

The winning ESM Ligier-Honda JSP2 car pushed through the 24-hour endurance race without issue, entering Sunday morning in a close battle with the Corvette and two Daytona Prototype cars – no. 5 and no. 31 of Action Express. Of the three top finishing teams, 736 laps of Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course were completed equaling more than 2,600 miles.

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Honda HPD ARX-04b Will Tackle Pikes Peak

Honda HPD ARX-04b Will Tackle Pikes Peak

Honda has announced that its hyper-powered 2014 Honda HPD ARX-04b LMP2 contender/spaceship will make a run up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month. The climb will be part of an “exploratory effort” for a possible future attempt at besting the outright record of 8:13.878, which was set in 2013 when rally legend Sebastien Loeb brought a factory-backed 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 to the party. 

Manning the helm of the ARX-04b will be IndyCar race winner and former Formula 1 driver, Justin Wilson. The Colorado-based Brit has an extensive racing resume, with 171 combined starts in IndyCar and Champ Car, including seven wins and eight poles. 

"It’s going to be a lot of fun driving the Honda ARX-04b up the hill and giving it everything I’ve got," Wilson said. "This is my first time competing at Pikes Peak and I’m really looking forward to the experience. I’ve run with Honda at the Indy GP and the ‘500’ this year, and also have run Formula E and at the 12 Hours of Sebring. But this will be every bit as difficult as any of them. I’m looking forward to the challenge and working with everyone at Honda."

The ARX-04b will be the first full-carbon-fiber monocoque-based vehicle to see sanctioned entry for the event. It will compete in the Unlimited class, where only the most extreme range of highly modified cars vie for supremacy, with each expected to complete a run into the Colorado clouds in under 10 minutes.

“We want to see how well our ARX-04b chassis adapts to the rigors of the climb, and the high-altitude demands placed on our production-based V-6 engine," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development. "The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has always been an interesting project for many Honda divisions. The diversity of classes and very open nature of the rulebook continues to be very appealing to Honda and the passions of its associates.”

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2015 Honda Civic Type R BTCC

2015 Honda Civic Type R BTCC

Having lost the 2014 British Touring Car Championship to MG, Honda Racing Team returns to the series with a new race car based on the newly launched Civic Type R. The beefed-up hatchback replaces last year’s Civic Tourer model, which became the first wagon to win a BTCC event. Unveiled during testing at the Brands Hatch track, the new Civic Type R race car will be driven by Gordon Shedden, the 2012 champion, and Matt Neal, a three-time BTCC winner, meaning Honda will retain the same driver lineup for the sixth consecutive season.

Honda Racing had very few details to share about its new race car, but the Japanese manufacturer has high hopes for 2015. "Our car for 2015 is going to win races. The shape of the new road going Civic Type R has allowed the team to build on the design and take it forward to be a championship winning car," said Barry Plowman, technical director at Honda Yuasa Racing.

The unveiling of the new BTCC-spec car comes to confirm Honda won’t pull out of the series, as it has been initially rumored due to its Formula 1 entry with McLaren. Honda will be looking to win its fifth BTCC championship. The Japanese achieved their previous four wins between 2010 and 2013.

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2015 Honda Indy Car Aero Kit

2015 Honda Indy Car Aero Kit

Having switched to a common chassis supplied by Dallara starting 2012, the IndyCar series seemed to move toward becoming an increasingly restricted sport due to the sanctioning body’s new cost-control methods. But after three years of acquiring both chassis and aero kits from Dallara, IndyCar finally allowed manufacturers, until now commissioned only as engine suppliers, to develop their own body packages. As a result, both Chevrolet and Honda spent most of 2014 working on aero kits to replace the previous DW12 kit, the results of which have been presented ahead of the new IndyCar season.

With Chevrolet-powered teams having been introduced to their new aero kits in February, Honda has now revealed its own aerodynamic package, which will grace the bodies of no fewer than 13 cars throughout 2015. Six teams will receive the aero kit ahead of the season’s opening race on March 29th: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Andretti Autosport, Bryan Herta Autosport, Dale Coyne Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and Schidt Peterson Motorsports. Will Honda have what it takes to prevent Chevy from winning yet another manufacturer’s championship?

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2015 McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 Car

2015 McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 Car

Much like Ferrari, the oldest surviving and the most successful team in the history of Formula One, McLaren started as a race-car manufacturer long before it began making road cars. Founded in 1963 as Bruce McLaren Motor Racing, the team joined F1 as a works entry in 1966. It has since competed in every single season of the series as of 2014, winning eight constructor’s championships and no fewer than 182 wins. Statistically, McLaren is second only to Ferrari when it comes to race starts, total wins, podium finishes, pole positions, fastest laps, and championship points, making it one of the most prominent names in the single-seat auto racing scene. Despite this, the British have not won the constructor’s title since 1998, but scoring podium finishes on 12 occasions through 2012. Both 2013 and 2014 were rather disappointing, with McLaren finishing fifth without scoring a single win. This bitter drought could come to an end in 2015, when McLaren tackles the F1 season with a brand-new chassis and an all-new hybrid powertrain.

While all engine manufacturers developed new power units for the 2014 season, McLaren had to wait until 2015 to benefit from Honda’s return to the sport as a powerplant supplier after a ten-year hiatus. The new alliance is of great historic importance, as it reunites the entities that won four back-to-back world championships between 1988 and 1991. It all began at the end of the iconic Turbo Era and continued well into the 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine period, when McLaren had two of the greatest drivers in history: Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

The partnership between McLaren and Honda ended in 1992, when Honda retired only to return with BAR and Jordan between 2000 and 2005. Meanwhile, McLaren continued with Ford and Peugeot engines for two seasons before turning to Mercedes for a partnership that lasted two decades. Come 2015, McLaren hopes to win its first championship in 16 years using power from Honda’s first F1 engine since 2005. The hybrid powerplant was developed alongside a new single-seater, the MP4-30, with refined aerodynamics, a new nose-box solution and revised livery. Keep reading for the full rundown on McLaren’s all-new Formula One contender.

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2015 Honda Fit HPD B-Spec Concept Race Car

2015 Honda Fit HPD B-Spec Concept Race Car

B-spec racing has steadily grown in popularity as a relatively inexpensive way of getting started in the world of SCCA club racing. The cars are light, compact, and, with the exception of the requisite safety equipment and a few performance tweaks, are basically showroom-stock. Manufacturers including Mini, Mazda, Kia and Honda have all jumped in the B-spec pool, and with a new Fit on the way, Honda looks like its getting ready to recommit.

Built for SEMA by Honda Performance Development, who also builds Honda’s prototype racers for the TUDOR United SportsCar Series, the 2015 Honda Fit HPD B-SPEC Concept Race Car is just about everything you would need to get your foot in the door to go amateur racing. Engine modifications adhere to class rules and are limited to an HPD air filter, HPD air-conditioning delete belt and HPD stainless-steel cat-back exhaust.

Things start to get really racy with the chassis. An HPD coil-over kit with race springs soaks up the bumps, and HPD stainless-steel brake lines and brake pads reign in the that 1.5-liter four-banger. The TR Motorsports C1 wheels are shod in BF Goodrich R1 racing tires.

The interior is almost unrecognizable, because, well, most of it isn’t there. The stock dash remains mostly intact, but that’s about it. The rest is pure, stripped-out race car stuff. A very serious looking Sparco racing seat provides both lateral stability and protection, and a Schroth driver restraint harness keeps the driver securely fastened. Then there’s the quick-release steering wheel, and six-point roll cage that provides additional chassis rigidity and rollover protection.

On paper, this Honda Fit B-spec racer is just a concept, but we would expect to see something very close hitting tracks around North America very soon. In all, this thing looks like a blast, and I, for one, can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than banging fenders with other underpowered subcompacts on the track.

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Video: Honda Teases its Return to Formula 1

Video: Honda Teases its Return to Formula 1

Honda has one of the most storied racing histories in the world, especially when it comes to Formula One. All three of Ayrton Senna’s Driver’s championships were won with Honda engines, Alan Prost’s incredible season in 1989 was powered by Honda, and it was Honda power that propelled Nigel Mansel and his William’s car in the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Legendary team McLaren has won more Constructor’s Championships under Honda power than it has with any other engine supplier. Since its debut in F1 in 1964, Honda has been an engine supplier and even fielded its own team for a number of years, but in 2008 Honda officially left the sport and hasn’t returned.

That all changes next season. With the introduction of new, smaller, turbocharged, V-6 engines to the sport, Honda has declared that it will be returning to the Formula One grid in 2015. Naturally, McLaren is its first confirmed customer.

As it goes with all things Formula One, all the details of this new engine are very hush-hush outside of the regulation statistics of six-cylinders, one turbocharger, a hybrid power unit, and 1.6 liters of displacement. What we do have, is a nice teaser video from Honda that gives you just a taste of its illustrious history, followed by a small taste of what the new engine sounds like. Thankfully, it seems that Honda has found a way to make its new engine sound like a real engine, and less like a vacuum cleaner.

Press play and enjoy the sights and sounds of Honda F1, and start counting down the days until next season.

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2014 Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

2014 Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

The Honda S2000 debuted in 2000 and harked back to Honda’s sports cars of years past, including the S500, S600, and S800. The S2000 was a tuner’s dream, as it weighed just 2,800 pounds, had 240 horses and a chassis that was on par with the Miata. The unfortunate side of the original S2000 was that the horsepower didn’t peak until 8,300 and it could only muster up 153 pound-feet of torque. By time the 2009 model year rolled around, the S2000 had run its course and went the way of the dodo bird, but not before Honda Performance Development decided to add a lot more displacement to the roadster’s engine compartment as an experiment.

With a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine HPD presents the creatively named S3700. This V-6 engine a production unit that was sourced from the Acura lineup. In its home engine bay, this engine developed 300 to 305 horsepower and 273 to 275 pound-feet of twist, depending on the application, but Honda failed to reveal what the output is for this Pikes Peak racer. I did learn that back in 2009 when HPD built the first S3700, it had a 9.55-to-1 power to weight ratio. Given the 2,825-pound weight of the original S3700, my math says that this engine produced 296 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that this version of the S3700 will retain that output.

We only have a single image to show you, but as you can see, this Pikes Peak racer dons a white base coat with a red racing stripe down the driver side of the car. Also present it a hefty bulge in its hood to make room for the larger, V-6 engine and large lip spoiler under the nose.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com and we’ll bring you new details as HPD reveals them.

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2014 Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe

2014 Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe

Seen on various race tracks all over the world since 2012, in both LMP1 and LMP2 specifications, Honda’s ARX-03 prototype will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The news comes straight from Honda Performance Development (HPD), who has announced that a new iteration will be introduced for 2015.

To roll out under the ARX-04b name, the LMP2 racer is built on the same successful HPD recipe, and comes with the HR28TT engine under its lightweight hood. The 2.8-liter, V6 unit is based on the J35 engine found in many Acura road vehicles and relies on a pair of turbochargers for extra oomph.

As with many motorsport updates, the new racer features a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and a gearbox that can be tweaked to support many track configurations. The fuel tank, which benefits from Honda’s innovative refueling safety interlock system, now has a capacity of 75 liters (19.8 gallons).

Naturally, the race car was built with the latest ACO LMP2 and IMSA regulations in mind, including a cost-capped chassis, and will be eligible for all competitions governed by the said bodies. Just like its predecessor, the ARX-04b was co-developed by HPD and U.K.-based Wirth Research, a technical joint-venture that has spawned numerous IndyCar, American Le Mans and World Endurance Championship achievements.

Customers that will rely on the ARX-04b LMP2 starting next season will also benefit from HPD’s technical assistance, simulator sessions and data-logging options, along with other additional features that will be available for purchase.

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Honda NSX Will Take on the Hill of Goodwood

Honda NSX Will Take on the Hill of Goodwood

The Goodwood Festival of Speed always attracts some of the year’s finest supercars to take to its famous hill climb. This year is no different, as Honda has announced that it will not only be in attendance at the festival, it’s also booking its ticket to run the new NSX supercar on what is arguably the world’s most famous hillclimb, providing the capacity crowd in attendance an up-close look at the new supercar.

The NSX’s attendance at Goodwood will harken back to the days when its predecessor was a fixture at the Festival of Speed, including back in 1993 when 10 NSX models were showcased at the inaugural Goodwood festival.

It seems appropriate now that over 20 years later, the NSX will return at Goodwood in in its latest incarnation, and one that will definitely hold court and be one of the star attractions at this year’s festival.

That’s how the NSX rolls these days.

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Honda Mulling Over a Return to F1

Honda Mulling Over a Return to F1

Recently, the World Motor Sport Council approved the proposed change to F1 engines. This new change requires all cars to switch from the current 2.4-liter V-8 setups to a smaller 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged setup. Interestingly enough, this just so happens to be the exact engine that Honda developed only months ago to run in the WTCC.

This drew suspicion that Honda might be interested in doing more than just run in WTCC with its new boosted 4-cylinder, which is also widely expected to grace the engine compartment of its upcoming Civic Type R. Autocar had a sit down with Honda’s head of R&D, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, about the engine and the possibility of Honda using this engine when F1 begins enforcing these new laws, which is scheduled for the 2014 season.

Yamamoto didn’t outright say Honda would return, but was quoted as saying “On a personal level I love racing, but there is a lot involved when you are in F1 – it is the very top of auto racing and that requires a large commitment. But it is true that we do look up at those races and hope that one day we can take part again.”

He the added “I do not personally think we can just go straight back immediately, but there is potential for the rules to change and attract us. I follow the rules, certainly, and if they present an opportunity then it would be nice to go back.”

He was later grilled again on the topic and made Honda’s intentions more clear by effectively saying that if the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine has success in the WTCC, there is a chance that Honda will look into creating variants for other racing series. We all assume that one of those racing series would almost have to be F1.

So for now we have an “eh, maybe” answer about Honda getting into F1 again, but the pure fact that F1 passed the rule about using a 1.6-liter turbo engine, then Honda released the exact same engine just seems too much of a coincidence to us. We’ll keep an eye on this, as Honda continues to retest the racing realm again.

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Video: Honda CR-V Meets the Nürburgring, and Loses

Video: Honda CR-V Meets the Nürburgring, and Loses

Remember back in the late-1990s when there was all of that hubbub about top-heavy SUVs and how they roll over easily? Apparently, some people really need to be reminded of how SUVs handle. We totally understand that the Nürburgring is an awesome thing, as anyone with a car, $34, a driver’s license, and a heartbeat can take their car screaming down this famed course. We also completely understand that some SUVs belong on this track, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, X6M, and so on.

That said, c’mon guys, taking an obviously stock Honda CR-V for a cruise around the ‘Ring? Are you trying to record a 20:00 time around the course to gloat about to your buddies? There comes a moment in every person’s life where you simply have to decide that the risk really isn’t worth the reward, and flying an early 2000s CR-V around the ‘Ring is one of those times.

It looks like the driver in the above video doesn’t quite grasp any of that… The first minute of the video consists of almost all high-performance vehicles, or at least modified ones. Once you get to the 1:05 mark on the video you hear a loud screeching sound of tall, skinny tires and coming around the corner sideways is a CR-V. A quick flick in the other direction to attempt to correct the spin and that’s all she wrote; over goes the CR-V into a spectacular rollover.

The CR-V then leaps over the guardrail on a single bound and sticks the landing like a pro. Keep in mind, the only reason we are so nonchalant about this horrible wreck is that according to the YouTube post, the people in the CR-V were fine, except for the fact that their mom’s gonna be mad when she sees her car.

Enjoy the video and make this a reminder, don’t race your CR-V on a track designed for racecars. It never turns out well.

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Mazda and Honda roll out B-Spec Mazda2 and Fit race cars

Mazda and Honda roll out B-Spec Mazda2 and Fit race cars

In today’s world, spec series racing is only limited to the virtual world of Gran Turismo. Sure, it’s a fun and affordable way to get some racing burn on a race track, but the truth of the matter is, it’s constrained to nothing more than video games. Real world racing of this kind costs a lot of money and resources, and people that have neither of those things are left out of luck.

Despite the fact that there are no B-spec professional series out there, Honda and Mazda are setting a goal of providing close racing in affordable cars by jointly announcing the formation of "B-Spec" Showroom Stock racing. The performance divisions for each brand – Honda Performance Development and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development – recently unveiled their entries for a proposed new low-cost B-Spec series, using the Honda Fit and the MAZDA2 as their respective platforms.

As one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire automotive industry, B-segment vehicles have grown in popularity because they’re affordable and, more importantly, have enjoyed a tremendous following from younger demographics. That success has translated into the idea of producing cheap(er) B-Spec racers with the Fit and Mazda2 being two of among a number of other hatchbacks that would fit into this category. Other vehicles include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and Chevrolet Aveo.

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From Wreck to Racecar; Hartmann Racing accepts the challenge

From Wreck to Racecar; Hartmann Racing accepts the challenge

First off, a race car is a highly strung, precise piece of equipment, which is why they usually begin life as a brand new showroom model. Whether Danish company Hartmann Racing were in the mood for a challenge, or simply wanted a unique way to dispose of their championship-winning driver, James Thompson, is unclear. Clearly we’re kidding, but you get the point.

For them to rebuild a race car from the mangled wreck that once resembled their European Touring Car Cup Honda Accord is clearly not the norm. Nevertheless, they have succeeded in resurrecting the car in a period of no less than 2 months or 600 man hours - an achievement they can definitely be proud of.

“I did feel convinced that the car had had driven its last metres as a racing car,” admitted team owner Hans Hartmann. “It had been a really big bang. Afterwards the data logging equipment told us that the car had reached a speed of 154 km/h when it hit the two stationary vehicles. But the car’s power box, which we have developed and which has been used by Porsche in their LMP2 car, soon realized that it was unusual for a racing car to go that sideways over such a long distance, so it automatically cut off the fuel supply to the engine and all the electrics and thus prevented even bigger damage.”

Now the car is ready for its next challenge, the third and final round of FIA’s European Touring Car Cup that will be run on October 16th-17th at Franciacorta in Italy, where James Thompson will defend his current championship lead. He’s a brave man for getting behind the wheel of a rebuild such as this, never mind racing it to the limit and beyond!

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Video: The FF squad and their love for Hondas

Video: The FF squad and their love for Hondas

You might not be familiar with them, but this group of Honda enthusiasts, that call themselves the FF Squad, may not have the fanciest of cars, but they sure know how to race them.

Check out these two videos to be introduced to these fellows, ordinary Joes that have a common love for racing and Honda vehicles.

There’s certainly a lot of work that needs to be done to make these cars look more ’race-ready’ - for starters, those racing numbers on the doors made from electric tape could be done a little bit better, yes? - but despite the pretty beat-up look of most of these Hondas, the men behind the wheel do a pretty good job making the most out of their cars.

Racing is racing after all. And even if you don’t necessarily have a high-powered sports car, the FF Squad has shown that even standard Hondas can make for good race cars.

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Honda Formula Cars at the 2009 SEMA Show

Honda Formula Cars at the 2009 SEMA Show

The Japanese automaker Honda didn’t become the world’s best selling engine manufacturer by resting on their laurels, in fact ever since the 1960s Soichiro Honda’s baby has been competing in the top tier of open wheel motor sports, Formula One. Despite withdrawing from competition last year, the current champion Brawn GP was born from the defunct Honda team. On this side of the pond we are more familiar with a different kind of high speed open wheel racing, the IRL, and Honda had quite a display set up at the largest specialty car show in the world, SEMA.

Honda had a few variations of open wheel competitors at the show in Las Vegas ranging from professional to grassroots efforts and even added a look into the future. Even though the Dallara Indy Racing League chassis is a non working show car, it was hard imagine anything other than the red and white winged wonder screaming as it climbs the high banked turns of a super speedway before rolling back into the throttle and rocketing down the back straight at 200 MPH. The other full sized single seater on display is the prototype Honda Formula F race car, intended for up and coming cash strapped SCCA racers, the Formula F is based around Honda’s 1.5 Liter four cylinder from the Fit as a cost effective racing solution.

Despite being trapped inside a glass case, the 2012 Indy Car Chassis Concept offered quite a view into the shape of things to come. Looking more like a stealth fighter then an Indy car, Honda promises to keep making things interesting well into the future. Aside from the cars, Honda had a few of their race engines on display as well, and the only way to get this good a look at the exotic power plants would be against the wishes of an angry pit mechanic. The display included a trio of championship winning CART V8s engines in both boosted and naturally aspirated forms as well as one very special IRL spec Indy V8. Having all these engines on display like this makes us laugh and think back to when we were nearly chased out of the paddock for snapping a few photos of the inside of an Indy car. Oh how the times have changed.

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Honda HSV-10 GT spotted at Suzuka

Honda HSV-10 GT spotted at Suzuka

The Japanese automaker Honda recently announced that their SuperGT NSX succeeding HSV-10 GT will be making its competition debut on March 20 at the beginning of the 2010 season. It is now apparent that Honda isn’t taking any chances in front of their home audience when the green flag drops and in doing so have been spotted at the Suzuka Circuit stretching their legs around the automaker’s own testing facility. It appears that unlike the Lexus LF-A, the Honda Sports Velocity has no plans of becming a production vehicle, instead of homologating the new car, Honda has found a place in the Japanese GT racing series’ rule book stating that possible production vehicles are allowed to compete.

Powered by a low displacement 3.4 Liter V8 with a maximum output of over 500 HP, Honda will campaign four different HSVs at the Suzuka race while the high output engine is mated to a Ricardo sequential manual gearbox, the same unit used by Nissan and Toyota in their SuperGT machines, ensuring that the Honda drivers will be hard pressed to miss a shift. Thanks to the video we can hear that while Toyota engineered their latest super car to sound like a screaming Formula One machine, the pair of Hondas on track could easily be mistaken for some of the automaker’s classic F1 machines.

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