• Jun 11th 2010 at 5:33PM
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2011 Honda Performance Development 2.8-liter turbo V6 – Click above to enlarge

Earlier this week, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest announced revised technical regulations that will go into effect for the 2011 season. Much like the current American Le Mans Series rules, the current LMP1 and LMP2 classes will be combined into a single class based on the current P2 regulations with smaller racing engines. A new P2 class will be created with similar chassis rules, but like GT2, the engines have to be production based and cost no more than $90,000.

At the end of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season, Honda scaled back its sports car racing effort, shutting down the LMP1 program after just one season and dropping the Acura badging. The partnerships with de Ferran Motorsports and Fernandez Racing were ended, leaving just Highcroft racing to run the updated Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-01c in North America. In Europe, UK-based Strakka Racing is running an identical car in the Le Mans Series. These cars will remain eligible for the new P1 class with their 3.4-liter racing V8.

For those teams that want to run in the new LMP2, HPD has announced a new twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 based on the unit found in everything from the Accord to the Acura ZDX. The new engine will be available for use in any chassis, however ALMS has not yet announced its plans for implementing the 2011 rules package.

[Source: Honda Performance Development]
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Honda Performance Development to Offer New LMP2 Engine for 2011
Production-based power for ALMS and LMS

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 10, 2010) – Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., will offer a new LMP2 engine to customers participating in the 2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Intercontinental Cup competitions.

The new LMP2 engine, based on Honda's global V6 engine, is a 2.8-liter, twin-turbo variant utilizing HPD's exclusive engine-control system. The engine is the product of a joint effort between HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA). Product R&D engineers from HRA's Raymond, Ohio center worked with HPD race engineers to create a powerful racing engine at a very attractive price point. Engine costs will meet the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) new, lower price targets for the LMP2 class.

"With the collective racing spirit of our associates at HPD and HRA, we have come up with an attractive product to align with the new direction set by the ACO," commented Erik Berkman, president of HPD. "We are pleased to offer another race product which features the traditional Honda values of performance, efficiency, and reliability."

Since 2007, HPD has provided engines to prototype-class teams in the American Le Mans Series, and these engines have scored numerous victories, beginning with an LMP2 class win in HPD's inaugural ALMS race at Sebring in 2007. HPD was the first manufacturer to score ALMS class wins in both LMP1 and LMP2 on the same weekend with its wins at St. Petersburg in 2009.

HPD went on to win LMP1 and LMP2 Manufacturers' Championships for Acura in 2009 – becoming the first ALMS manufacturer to do so – and in 2010, began providing engines and support for sports-car competition in both America and Europe.

HPD's engines are renowned not only for their performance, but also for their reliability. In four years of prototype sports-car racing encompassing over 90 race starts, HPD engines have failed only once. In HPD's role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, during the 2009 season, a total of 40 drivers and teams completed 202,210 miles of practice, qualifying and racing with only a single in-race engine failure.

For the fifth consecutive year, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field at last month's Indianapolis 500, and for a record-extending fifth consecutive time – the only five times in Indy 500 history – there was not a single engine failure in the event.

Honda Performance Development is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for American Honda high-performance racing cars and engines. In an open-wheel racing history that dates to 1994, Honda has recorded 166 race victories, 12 drivers' championships, 10 Manufacturers' Championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories. In addition to its sports-car efforts and its role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD is active in a growing number of grassroots motorsports activities.

For more information regarding the engine and associated chassis fitment, contact Stephen Eriksen at HPD (661-294-7331 or seriksen@hra.com)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda still makes real motors? that's news to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, There are 3 cars in this weekend's Lemans that are running the Honda/Acura 3.4L V8 in the LMP2 class. There is a good chance they will finish 1st and 2nd in their class. The smame engine has been doing very well in American Lemans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like the design on the accord coupe ... but omfg tt v6 accord rwd ... i'll sale my z (its horrible)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was really hoping as I read that title that the last two words were going to be Civic Si.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 2.8L turbo V6 is not going to fit the character of an Si. Give me a 8000rpm engine with over 240hp and I'll be a happy camper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great. Now stick this engine in your pedestrian Acuras so they finally can compete with other luxury cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring the S2000 back and drop this sucker in!
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking new NSX...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The question is: Is there any chance of this tech trickling down to the mainstream vehicles?

      Honda's been lacking lately and a powerful Turbo 2.8L v6 sounds mighty nice compared to what else is being released around town these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Honda, you have been making amazing turbo engines for decades, why must your street cars be soooooo boooooooooring? How is it that you can let Mazda make cars like the Mazdaspeed3, and you still bring out things like the Civic Si?
      • 5 Years Ago

      I wonder if it will bolt in to my 88 S-10. Same engine size. :oP

      I do find it interesting that the engine has to be production based. Maybe it at least shares bore centers and stroke with the production version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      E’ il Giappone che merita il premio Nobel per la pace 2010. I dirigenti della Honda China di Guangzhou sono riusciti a a far scendere in sciopero i 1.400 lavoratori cinesi del loro stabilimento di parti di ricambio.
      La richiesta dei lavoratori? Aumento di salario del 80%?
      I due giorni di negoziazione hanno portato ad un risultato storico... 24% di aumento del salario pari a un aumento di 32 usd al mese. Si avete letto bene il salario passerà da 150 dollari a 182 dollari al mese.
      Sembra di essere sul set di Ocean 13, o di oggi le comiche.
      Paolo Zinni www.redoct.it
      • 5 Years Ago
      accords come with 2.8l V6's?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Often when a manufacturer uses forced induction, they will reduce the displacement for reliability/cooling reasons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only reason this motor is 2.8L is because it needs to meet the set of regulations established by the ACO which set the rules for ALMS competition and Lemans.

      You won't see this on a street car, probably never.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it still have its VTEC system?
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