Honda Performance Development Engines On Display at SEMA
* Ladder of HPD engines featured, from karting to Indy car
* Indianapolis 500-winning Honda Dallara centers display
* B-Spec HPD Fit demonstrates range of available products
Today Honda Performance Development (HPD) will feature nearly a dozen racing products at the Honda booth at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, illustrating the wide range of competition products and services offered by the racing subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
HPD racing engines covering every racing discipline from the entry-level karting and Quarter Midget categories to the 2014 Indianapolis 500-winning HI13RT Indy Twin-Turbo V6 will be featured in the display.
In addition to nine different HPD racing engines, the display will include an HPD B-Spec Fit – popular in a variety of amateur club racing categories and rallying – and a replica of the Honda Dallara DW-12 driven to victory at this year’s Indianapolis 500 by champion driver Ryan Hunter-Reay
“HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports,” said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. “The HPD engines and cars on display at SEMA demonstrate this commitment, from four-stroke Quarter Midget engines for our youngest racers to Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Indy-winning chassis, with cutaway bodywork to show the Honda engine that helped make his victory possible.”
Other HPD engines featured at SEMA will include:
- GX120 and GX160 Quarter Midget engines
- GXH50, CR125 and CRF250 karting engines
- The very popular L15A7 Formula F engine, which has revitalized this entry-level, open-wheel racing category
- The new HPD K20 Formula Atlantic engine
- The AR35TT GT twin-turbocharged V-6 engine utilized in the all-wheel-drive Acura TLX GT race car which competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series
In addition to the full range of HPD racing engines, the display will showcase the wide range of Honda-powered racing cars found at race tracks around the country, from the B-Spec HPD Fit that has competed, and won, in both SCCA and NASA club racing, to the cutaway of Hunter-Reay’s Indy-winning car, featuring the Honda HI13RTT Indy V-6 engine that powered the Andretti Autosport driver to victory in the Indy 500.
About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, which includes 211 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six manufacturers’ championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories.
HPD’s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company’s sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD’s LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.
HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers’, engine, team and drivers’ championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.
HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.
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