• Aug 9, 2010
Honda Performance Development will continue its involvement in IndyCar through the 2012 season when new engine and chassis rules take effect. The current, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V8s will be replaced after the 2011 season with smaller displacement and lower cost units that are limited to 2.4-liters. Honda announced this weekend at the Mid-Ohio race that it will produce a new twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter V6 available for lease at a price 40-percent below the current engine's price.

The new formula is open to all manufacturers, but so far Honda has been the only company to commit to the new engines. Honda has been the sole supplier of IndyCar engines since 2006 following Chevrolet's withdrawal from the series.

[Source: Honda]
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Honda to Adopt New IndyCar Engine Formula
HPD to Supply Series with New, Turbocharged V-6 Starting in 2012
08/07/2010 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

Honda Performance Development, Inc., the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., today announced plans to adopt the new engine formula for the IZOD IndyCar Series, extending participation beyond expiration of its current supply agreement at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

HPD has provided engines to the Series since 2003, and has served as the single engine supplier to America's premier open-wheel racing formula since 2006. HPD will continue to provide the current Honda Indy V-8 engine to all IndyCar competitors during the 2011 season, after which a new 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 power plant, designed by HPD, will debut when new engine specifications take effect in the series in 2012.

The cost of a season-long lease for the 2012 Honda IndyCar engine will be reduced by up to 40 percent from current pricing. This follows a number of other significant cost reductions which Honda has implemented since taking on the challenge of supplying the entire field of IndyCar entrants in 2006.

"Through both robust and trying times, our commitment to open-wheel racing in America has never wavered," said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development. "With today's announcement, we are pleased to reaffirm that commitment, and extend it deep into the current decade.

"With a passionate and energetic new title sponsor in IZOD, dynamic new management at its helm, and plans to significantly reshape its on-track product in the near future, the IndyCar Series is poised for significant growth," Berkman continued. "We are delighted to take a role in that promising future."

In 2010, HPD and technical partner Ilmor Engineering continue to prepare and maintain the engines used by all teams during competition in the season-long IndyCar Series, which includes the Indianapolis 500.

In an open-wheel racing history that dates to 1994 - beginning with nine seasons (1994-2002) in the former CART/Champ Car Series - Honda has recorded 170 race victories, 12 drivers' championships, 10 Manufacturers' Championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories.

From April, 2007 through August, 2009, more than 40 drivers and teams completed 44 consecutive IndyCar Series races without the loss of a single Honda Indy V-8 engine. This total of 244,880 racing miles with 100 percent reliability exceeds the average
distance from the earth to the moon.

For the fifth consecutive year, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field in May'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.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 also marked the 100th Honda victory in IndyCar Series competition. The company recorded its 105th win on July 25, in the most recent IndyCar event at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) 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 addition to its role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD is active in a variety of motorsports activities from pinnacle through grassroots, including this year's class win in its inaugural attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For more information, explore the HPD website, at http://hondaracing.com/hpd .

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The woman in the picture looks sooooo happy with her job. I'd have a giant smile like that too if I was in charge of testing racecar engines....
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      Out of the corner of my eye, most amazing record player ever!
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      Does VTEC still kick in, yo?
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      Yeah... but will it fit in my TSX?
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        Yea... waste a great engine on a FWD car...

        drop this in the new S2k baby !
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess I deserve that for forgetting the disclaimer....
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is frustrating. Clearly, Honda can make a damn good engine, especially one that enthusiasts can write home about. Yet, when it comes to production vehicles, it seems Honda cares only about soccer moms and appliance-minded consumers.

      What's the point of building engines like this if the technology isn't translated to production vehicles? Maybe they're doing it strictly for profit? Brand recognition? Either way, Honda needs to cut the crap and put this engine in a new NSX chassis ASAP!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That hair-do is not indicative of advancements in design.
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        At least it won't get caught in the moving parts!
      • 4 Years Ago
      drop this in the nsx and ur fans will come back
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda should have keep the S2000 and upgrade it with this engine
      and call it the S2400.

      I always wanted to see that car with a 6 cylinder engine instead of that
      high rpm four.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on Nissan!! This is right in your wheelhouse!

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      I sure hope a street tuned version of 1 these or the 2.8 ALMS type (2011 season) get in an Acura sedan soon. That'll get me back to the negotiation table for my next purchase.
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      You must be really old to remember race cars that used keys. They've been using an ignition switch for some time.
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      Thats the beauty of Honda, thats confidence in his products and faith on his
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      With all the world pray for more powe and hotter engines , Honda has the luxury to run this Gem and leave all his customers in tears, while Hyundai are throwing all his guns.
      Thats the mark of a winner , if the figth is to 10 round dont be panic at 3 round.
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