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Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

An H-badge icon in its element

There’s something special about a tuned Honda going flat out on a race course. The sound of the four-cylinder’s soaring rpm’s is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and when properly sorted, the speed these machines can achieve is undeniable. Such is the case with the lightened ‘Teggy Type R featured in this 3-minute, 15-second video from Hillclimb Monsters.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR

2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR

The most extreme Civic Type R, but it’s not road legal

The Honda Civic Type R TCR is a purpose-built racing car for the TCR formula. It is based on the FK7/8 Civic Type R and is built by JAS Motorsport. The car, with all of its 340-horsepower, won the inaugural TCR title in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with driver Ryan Eversley and team RealTime Racing.

Touring car racing has seen many sets of regulations come and go, some more successful than others. We all remember the glorious Group A touring cars such as the BMW M3 (E30) Sport Evolution, the Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG Evo II or the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. Then there was the Super Touring formula which took the world by storm and became a truly global phenomena spawning regional series all across the globe, including North America where the North-American Touring Car Championship was held for two seasons.

Now, there’s a new platform that’s at the peak of its popularity. It’s called TCR, and it was conceived by Marcello Lotti, head of World Sporting Consulting, as a cost-effective option to the TC1 cars that were used in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

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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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2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car

2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car

Honda’s new rallycross racer makes its debut at the SEMA Show

Honda is using the 2016 SEMA Show to introduce its new race car for the Red Bull Global Rallycross. Developed by Olsbergs MSE, a Swedish racing team that also designs race cars, the new GRC-spec Civic Coupe will replace the car that ran against Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru in the 2016 season, placing third in the manufacturers’ championship. The designing team also received input from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the brand’s racing division, which has created many successful race cars over the last few years.

Honda is a pretty new entry in the Red Bull Global Rallycross, itself a recently established sport, having been launched in 2011. The Japanese brand joined the competition last year, also with a race car based on the Civic Coupe. The compact raced against GRC-spec versions of the Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Volkswagen Beetle, and Hyundai Veloster. Honda and Olsbergs MSE finished the season third and are hoping to do better in 2017.

Not much is known about the new race car at the of this writing, but Honda did release a batch of photos and just enough info for a short review. We should find out more at the 2016 SEMA Show in November so make sure you stick around for updates.

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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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2016 Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck

2016 Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck

Honda has successfully pulled off the classic switcheroo at the SEMA Auto Show, surprising everybody by unveiling the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck — an off-road racing truck that’s based off of the second generation Ridgeline pick-up. Why was this surprising, you ask? Well, Honda hasn’t released any images of the production Ridgeline, so we’re actually getting our first look at the new pickup, albeit in its off-road racing guise.

Built in conjunction with Honda Performance Development and the Proctor Racing Group, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck won’t make into any dealerships any time soon. It will instead be used in the SCORE Baja 1000 where Honda’s four-wheeled racing outfit will return for the first time since 2012 when it ran a tube-framed Pilot to a third place finish in the Class Six Trophy trucks.

Judging by the development and preparations put into the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, Honda is really setting its sights on once again taking the Mexican peninsula by storm. The truck itself is ready for action, which bodes well for Honda Racing considering the short turn around between SEMA and the start of the famed Mexican race on November 20, 2015.

Meanwhile, the production version of the Honda Ridgeline is scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the “first half of 2016.” A quick glance at the auto show calendar in that time frame seems to suggest that the second-generation pickup will likely make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2016. It would make sense considering that the original Ridgeline made its own debut in the same event.

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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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Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video

Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video

As the Honda NSX Concept-GT in this video will demonstrate, the days of an actual painted livery on your racecar seem to be largely over. And while we might miss the Gulf Oil Ford GT40s and John Player Special Lotus F1 cars, the amazing speed of the transformation of this NSX is difficult to deny. Admittedly, the vinyl is going on over a base of white paint, but not much of this is left uncovered by the end, and there are certainly some cars that hit the track wearing nothing but vinyl over carbon-fiber bodywork.

Motorsports are going to be a very important part of the life of the 2016 Honda/Acura NSX, as the original version of the car was developed with help from none other than F1 legend Ayrton Senna. And indeed the black, white and red color scheme on this car’s livery may well be intended to evoke memories of the Marlboro livery on the Honda-powered McLaren car in which Senna won all three of his world championships.

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