Honda's U.S. based racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is entering its third decade of operations with a more diverse range of racing products and race engineering services than ever before. Established in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs and specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical/race support.
In addition to participation in pinnacle racing, through its Honda Racing Line program, HPD is helping customers and enthusiasts fuel their own motorsports passion through its vast array of performance parts and original equipment and replacement parts across a broad spectrum of professional, semi-pro, and amateur racing classes, from karting and quarter midgets all the way up to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
"We have steadily expanded the scope of our capabilities and operations in America over the past two decades, as we endeavor to share Honda's passion for racing with Honda fans, customers, and racing enthusiasts of all stripes," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development and vice president of Auto Operations for American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "As we enter our third decade of operations, we are strongly committed to the continued support of U.S. racing at all levels and to sharing our passion for racing, which is at the core of Honda's DNA."
Today, HPD employs more than 150 associates at its Santa Clarita, California headquarters and its Tech Center in Brownsburg, Indiana. HPD officially opened its Tech Center in May 2013. The facility features a state-of-the-art Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) driving simulator that can save racing teams both time and money, as extensive test programs can be run through the simulator with the team's driver at the wheel and team engineers monitoring driver performance.
"The HPD Tech Center is another example of Honda bringing R&D activities to the heart of the North American motorsports community," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and chief operating officer. "This is a development tool that will bring benefits to all of our motorsports activities, through a focus on total vehicle performance encompassing engine, chassis, tires and the driver."
HPD was originally established to support Honda's entry into U.S. open-wheel racing. Honda's record of success in IndyCar racing includes 208 race wins, 15 drivers' championships, 6 manufacturers' championships in competition, and 10 Indianapolis 500 race wins. From 2006 to 2011, Honda was the sole engine supplier to the IndyCar series.
Following are highlights of HPD's race engineering and race support portfolio
Since 2009, Honda Performance Development has also operated Honda Racing Line which is a club targeted at participants in the amateur and entry-level professional racing ranks who race Honda or Acura products. The Honda Racing Line provides its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport. This channel to factory support offers Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts for expedited delivery
The same innovation that has driven two decades of unprecedented success in pinnacle motorsports is at the core of HPD's Street Performance brand, announced at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers (SEMA) show in November 2013. The HPD Supercharged CR-Z kit features a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades; and, will be sold through Honda dealers. These include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger (available Summer 2014), HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, air filter system and HPD sport exhaust, as well as HPD sport dampers, coil springs, disc brakes and 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
This release may also be seen on HPD's website here:
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