Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) is Honda's racing company in 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 and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and are expanding our support of racing series and programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing.
HPD entered the Indy Racing League's IndyCar® Series in 2003, and was the sole engine supplier from 2006 through 2011. For these six consecutive seasons, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field at the Indianapolis 500® without a single driver dropping out of the event with an engine-related problem—a testament to the durability found in Honda's products.
After the return of other manufacturers in 2012, Honda continued its unparalleled achievement in durability and innovation, powering teams to Indianapolis 500 wins in 2012 and 2014.
In 2007, for the first time since HPD's inception, a new V-8 engine was designed and produced entirely in-house at HPD's Santa Clarita headquarters. The program debuted in spectacular fashion, winning an LMP2 class victory in Acura's very first American Le Mans Series event at the grueling 2007 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2009, HPD-powered cars won the Manufacturer's Championship in LMP1 and LMP2, being the first manufacturer to win both in the same season.
HPD added the European Le Mans series to its list of racing programs in 2010, competing in one of the world's most demanding durability races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In its inaugural debut, the HPD-powered Strakka Racing car achieved an impressive win in the LMP2 category and 5th overall. Since 2010, HPD-developed engines have produced numerous class and/or outright victories in all the world's premier sports-car races and championships, including the Le Mans 24 Hours and 12 Hours of Sebring. HPD-powered LMP1 and LMP2 prototypes currently run in the World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series.
Building upon an unparalleled résumé at the pinnacle levels of motorsport, HPD has undertaken an initiative to expand the company's presence in the grassroots motorsports market. This broad-based initiative includes the development of products and services that support racers who compete at the club and entry-level professional ranks. These products include specific racing performance parts, as well as original equipment parts. HPD's grassroots activities also extend into engine and chassis development, racer support and contingency monies. HPD also actively sponsors various Honda and Acura race series/classes throughout the U. S. and Canada.
The grassroots motorsports initiative also supports the fans of grassroots racing through an integrated marketing plan, focusing on fan identification with the Honda Racing brand through merchandise sales and support.
HPD operates out of a 167,000-square-foot building in Santa Clarita, California. The two-story structure houses comprehensive motorsports research and 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.