Honda Announces Return to Baja 1000
Factory-Backed Vehicle Powered By Twin-Turbo V-6
Honda Performance Development announced its return to four-wheeled off-road racing today, releasing a teaser image of the vehicle that will run in the SCORE Baja 1000 desert race this November.
Powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V-6, the racer will compete in an unlimited class. Backing up the motor is an Albins ST6 six-speed sequential transmission, suspended by Fox shock absorbers and held up by General Grabber tires. It’s very possible that the prototype racer will wear bodywork that resembles the upcoming 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup, which has yet to be revealed.
The chassis marks Honda’s return to Baja after a three-year absence. In 2012, Honda fielded the HPD Desert Pilot, a 400hp tube-frame, mid-engined off-roader that also competed in the 2011 Pikes Peak Hillclimb. The HPD Desert Pilot took first in its class in the 2012 Baja 500, while its immediate predecessor, the CR-R Ridgeline, enjoyed two Baja 1000 wins. As such, we expect a decent showing from Honda’s new entry.
The V-6 used in the new Baja racer also shows up under the hoods of Honda-backed Le Mans Series, World Endurance Championship, and American Le Mans Series sports cars, so it has motorsports roots. It’s loosely based on the Honda J-Series 3.5L V-6, which finds its way into many Honda vehicles, including the new Pilot, Accord Sedan, and Acura MDX luxury crossover.
Source: Honda Performance Development