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The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix made the rest of the 2021 season seem dull.

The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix made the rest of the 2021 season seem dull.

It all comes down to a winner-take-all race at Abu Dhabi.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, December 5, 2021, was fraught with penalties and confusion and produced an incredibly exciting result that means this season has one of the tensest endings of any Formula 1 season.

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Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R

Drag Race: 850 Hp Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak vs 600 Hp Honda Civic Type R

The Hoonmigan Crew pits a highly modified Honda Civic Type R vs a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak race Car. The Results are shocking!

The Hoonigan crew is very good at justifying seemingly pointless drag races, between two very different machines. We are very glad they do since today we have another epic stand-off between two high-horsepower machines in the “This vs That” series. “This” is a Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak and “That” is a stock-looking, but highly modified Honda Civic Type R.

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This Race-Spec Version of the 2022 Civic Si Exposes the Future of Tuning Capabilities

This Race-Spec Version of the 2022 Civic Si Exposes the Future of Tuning Capabilities

The 2022 Honda Civic Si comes this October and sends a strong Message by going racing

When we talk about performance versions of the Honda Civic, we usually mean the Type-R. With that being said, Honda recently teased us with some videos of the current, eleventh generation of the Civic. The eleventh-generation Civic debuted in April, and now we are looking at the Civic Si, which will follow soon. The car was spotted testing around the Thunderhill Raceway, in California, where it would compete in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

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Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

The Volvo V60 T6 is a modern-day Sleeper, but can it take on one of the best hot hatchbacks on sale today?

We all know that drag races between stock cars are not as exciting as a full-on drag battle between highly modified cars. That said, it’s interesting to see how two very different vehicles stack up against one another. The YouTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for the Honda Civic Type R and Volvo V60 T6 to meet at the drag strip. Can the sensible Swedish wagon win against one of the best hot hatchbacks currently on sale?

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Hyundai Veloster N DCT vs Honda Civic Type-R - Can The Small Korean Run With One Of The Best?

Hyundai Veloster N DCT vs Honda Civic Type-R - Can The Small Korean Run With One Of The Best?

Hyundai Veloster N DCT takes on the Honda Civic Type-R; will quick shifts be enough to beat the Japanese hot hatch?

Most would probably agree that a drag race is a good way to determine which one of two (or more) cars has superior performance. Sam CarLegion – a YouTube channel that drag races (mostly) new vehicles – has given us a proper quarter-mile brawl between two of the hottest hot hatchbacks currently on sale. It’s the Hyundai Veloster N DCT versus the Honda Civic Type-R. Although a drag race only tells you so much about a car’s overall performance, the two are more evenly matched than you might think.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Honda NSX-GT.

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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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