Honda will make its 4-wheel off-road factory racing return this November in the SCORE Baja 1000 desert race with a factory backed vehicle powered by Twin-Turbo V-6.
Honda Performance Development has announced today its return to Baja 1000. Honda will be returning to the four wheeled off-road racing car. The company also released an image of the vehicle. It will run in the SCORE Baja 1000 desert race that starts this November.
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The vehicle that will run in the Baja 1000 will be powered by a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V-6. And the racer will compete in an unlimited class. Plus backing up the motor will be an Albins ST6 six-speed sequential transmission. Which will be suspended by Fox shock absorbers. That will eventually help up by General Grabber tires. The prototype racer will wear bodywork. That will resemble the upcoming 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup.
This announcement marks Honda’s return to Baja after a three year absence. Back in 2012, Honda fielded the HPD Desert Pilot. It was a 400hp tube-frame, mid-engined off-roader. It had also competed in the 2011 Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
The HPD Desert Pilot had taken first in its class in the 2012 Baja 500. But its predecessor, the CR-R Ridgeline enjoyed two Baja 1000 wins. So the V-6 that has been used in the new Baja racer. It shows up under the hoods of Honda-backed Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series sports cars. And also in World Endurance Championship and so it does have motorsports roots.
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