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.