LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Long a fixture at race circuits around the world, Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will now be offering a new range of HPD Street Performance products, starting with the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe.
Two Honda passenger cars featuring HPD Street Performance products are on display at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, along with an HPD Civic Si Coupe raced in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge by the Honda of America Racing Team (HART):
· The 2014 HPD Supercharged CR-Z (http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx) features a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades on sale today at U.S. Honda dealers nationwide. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger (available Spring 2014); HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.
· The new 2014 HPD Honda Civic Street Performance Concept is equipped with HPD racing performance parts and street wrap. Modifications include HPD’s “Big Brake” kit, HPD performance springs, HPD 25.4mm rear anti-roll bar, 18-inch wheels, and a K24Z7 racing engine. While just a concept, this vehicle offers a glimpse at potential future street performance accessories developed from HPD racing experience.
· Rounding out the HPD display at SEMA is the HPD Honda Civic Si Race Car, as campaigned by HART the CTSCC Street Tuner category. The Civic is fitted with competition equipment developed at HPD, including a sealed K24Z7 racing engine; HPD cold air intake; Accusump oil pressure accumulator; HPD stainless steel exhaust header; and HPD suspension parts including camber plates, suspension bushings, brake rotors and adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The Honda Civic Si is eligible for a variety of series, including Sports Car Club of America, International Motor Sports Association, Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs and National Auto Sport Association racing.
“’Performance’ is in our name, and is part of everything we do at HPD, from our kart programs through our grass roots motorsports amateur racing efforts, all the way through our participation in endurance sports car racing and Indy cars” said Art St. Cyr, HPD president.
“Now, with our line of HPD Street Performance products, we’re excited to be bringing the same innovation that has driven two decades of success on track to the street, for everyone who desires to enhance an already excellent Honda vehicle with proven performance products, without sacrificing the reliability that comes with the Honda name.”
Veteran Indy car driver Graham Rahal will serve as HPD’s SEMA Social Media Correspondent. Long associated with both Honda and HPD through the family’s race team and Honda dealership, Rahal has detailed knowledge of Honda’s success in motorsports and commitment to the enthusiast market.
For more information about HPD and the company’s Street Performance products, please visit http://hpd.honda.com/street-performance.
About Honda Performance Development
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, including 204 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six manufacturers’ championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.
HPD’s prototype racing efforts have recorded more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company’s first outing in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD’s LM-V8 engine; and, the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers’, engine, team and drivers’ championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.
HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. And now, provides “fun-to-drive” products for your garage.