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Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) is Honda's racing company within North America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts and technical/race support. We are proud to also offer parts to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and look forward to expanding our products and services in the near future.
HPD MISSION STATEMENT: Honda Performance Development (HPD) will help Honda position itself in American motorsports as a manufacturer that can compete and excel at the highest levels of the sport by supplying superior product and outstanding customer support.
HPD will support American Honda Motor Co., Inc.'s motorsports objectives through the establishment and management of targeted racing activities.
HPD will establish itself as a self-reliant organization capable of designing, producing and developing top-level, competitive, racing engines and other performance products deserving to carry the 'Honda' name.
HPD entered the Indy Racing League's IndyCar® Series in 2003, and in 2006, Honda became the single engine supplier to the series. The company continued the role through 2011. For six consecutive seasons, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field at the Indianapolis 500®. And for six years in a row – the only six times in Indy 500 history – not a single driver dropped out of the event with an engine-related problem. Throughout Honda’s six years as the single engine supplier to the series, a total of 98 different drivers completed 1,188,376 miles of practice, qualifying and racing, with only six race-day engine failures. No race-day failures were reported for the entire 2008, 2010 and 2011 race seasons. A testament to the durability found in Honda's products.
For 2012, Honda welcomes the return of manufacturer competition to IndyCar racing, as both Chevrolet and Lotus join Honda in introducing new turbo-charged engines to the series.
FACILITY: HPD operates out of a 123,000-square-foot building in Santa Clarita, California. The two-story structure houses comprehensive motorsports research & development operations, including design, development engineering, prototype and production parts manufacturing, race-engine preparation and rebuilding areas, material analysis laboratory, quality-control inspection areas, engine dynamometer test cells, machine shop, electronics laboratory, parts center, multiple meeting/conference rooms and administrative offices.
As a former racer, Mr. Soichiro Honda deeply believed in competition as a means to improve his company, its people, and its products. This ethos is alive and well today at HPD.
We race to learn. While second place can be painful, reflection on such failure can lead to the next success. The company derives its strength from the contributions of inspired associates, driven to develop fresh ideas, winning solutions and leading-edge technologies. Honda associates take pride in the quality of work and products they create. They possess a relentless desire to constantly improve, redefine and exceed expectations.
Honda Racing products have proven time and again to be innovative, fast and reliable. More than in any other automobile manufacturer, racing is embedded in the Honda corporate culture. At Honda Performance Development, racing is a way of life. It's in our DNA.
Soichiro Honda's love of victory helped launch a small company into a racing giant. Discover some of our proudest moments through the years, and honor the man who gave rise to one of racing's greatest powers. Learn More