Honda joins prototype racing category for the first time

Honda joins prototype racing category for the first time image

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Honda will field an entry to Daytona Prototype of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Honda extends its involvement in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  For the first time ever, Honda will join the Daytona Prototype category and run at the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Honda has a very good track record in Florida’s endurance race with LMP2 class wins in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, plus top-three overall race finishes in 2007 under Acura and then again in 2011.

Honda Performance Development (HPD), has developed a new, 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Daytona Prototype version of the production J35 engine, which is the latest of several HPD racing applications for the V6 power plant that is found in a wide range of Honda passenger cars and SUVs.

"This is a great opportunity for HPD and our customer teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Adding a Daytona Prototype effort alongside the proven HPD-Honda chassis and engine combination in LMP2 provides Honda with a strong and balanced attack in the inaugural TUDOR Championship," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO.

In the companion LMP2 prototype category, HPD produces a complete chassis-engine package, including the ARX-03b chassis and Honda 2.8-liter HR28TT twin-turbo V6 engines, in competition with both Nissan and Mazda. This combination results in an impressive five-manufacturer lineup vying for Prototype honors in the 2014 TUDOR championship.

Both HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the same Honda J35 series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.

Honda is the only company to field efforts in both categories that make up the new Prototype class in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.