**Honda Performance Development to Change Name to Honda Racing Corporation USA in 2024**
In a strategic move, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the American motor racing development subsidiary, has announced its plan to change its name to Honda Racing Corporation USA (HRC US) starting in 2024. This change will give HRC US the responsibility of overseeing Honda’s four-wheeled motorsport activities worldwide, including Formula 1 (F1) as well as North America. As part of this transformation, both the Japanese and American HRCs will become independent Honda racing development specialist subsidiaries, leveraging their unique strengths to enhance Honda’s motorsport capabilities.
HRC, originally founded in Asaka City, Saitama Prefecture in 1982, has been at the forefront of motorcycle racing vehicle and parts development for over four decades. With its impressive track record that includes numerous world championships and national titles across various categories such as road racing, motocross, trials, and raids rally, HRC has cemented its position as a leader in the industry. In 2022, HRC Sakura was established in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture, merging the four-wheel racing development functions, including F1. HRC Sakura has since been providing technical support to Red Bull Powertrains for F1 power units, collaborating closely with Oracle Red Bull Racing and contributing to their championship-winning success. Additionally, starting from 2026, HRC will supply power units to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognitive Formula One Team.
Meanwhile, HPD, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor, was created in 1993 with the goal of supplying engines to the IndyCar Series. Over the past three decades, HPD has been an integral part of various racing events, including IndyCar, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (IMSA), SCORE Baja 1000, touring car races, and junior category races. Notably, in IndyCar, HPD has achieved an impressive record of 180 wins out of 410 races, including 13 driver titles, 10 manufacturer titles, and two victories in the legendary Indianapolis 500. In IMSA, racing under the Acura brand, HPD has secured three Daytona 24 Hour Race wins, along with multiple driver and manufacturer titles.
The 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2024 will mark the first race for HRC US. The Acura ARX-06, which celebrated its maiden victory last year, will proudly feature the HRC logo instead of the HPD logo during this grueling 24-hour endurance race. Koji Watanabe, President of Honda Racing, expressed his enthusiasm for the name change and the collaboration between Japanese and American HRC engineers, emphasizing the enhanced strength that a unified operation will bring. Similarly, David Salters, President of Honda Performance Development, acknowledged the talented engineers who have contributed to Honda’s racing legacy in North America and expressed his honor to work alongside HRC Japan in representing Honda Racing globally.
By combining the expertise and resources of HRC Japan and HRC US, Honda aims to further elevate the HRC brand and maintain its strong presence in the motorsports arena. With their commitment to pushing boundaries and delivering excellence, the united forces of HRC are poised to leave an indelible mark on the world stage.
Honda Performance Development (HPD), the American motor racing development subsidiary, will change its name to Honda Racing Corporation USA (HRC US) from 2024. With this opportunity, HRC US will be responsible for the world’s four-wheeled motorsport activities -wide Honda, including F1 as well as North America. Together with Honda Racing Co., Ltd (HRC) Japan, each of the Japanese and American HRCs will become independent Honda racing development specialist subsidiaries, bringing their individual strengths to bear on the motorsport development capabilities of four Honda wheel.
HRC was founded in Asaka City, Saitama Prefecture in 1982 with the purpose of developing and selling motorcycle racing vehicles and parts. Since then, over 40 years, HRC has been involved in different categories such as road racing, motocross, trials, and raids rally ■ He has won a number of world championships and national championships. In 2022, four-wheel racing development functions including F1 will be merged to form HRC Sakura, located in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture. Since then, HRC, which has development functions for four-wheel racing, has provided technical support to Red Bull Powertrains regarding power units (PU) for F1, focusing on HRC Sakura, and has provided technical support to Oracle Red Bull Racing . Red Bull Racing wins the title. In addition, from 2026, the company will supply PUs to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognitive Formula One Team. Meanwhile, HPD was established in 1993 as a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor, Honda’s US sales subsidiary, for the purpose of supplying engines to the IndyCar Series. Since then, he has been a part of IndyCar, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (IMSA), SCORE Baja 1000, touring car and junior category races for 30 years. In IndyCar, he won 180 races out of a total of 410 races, including 13 driver titles and 10 manufacturer titles, as well as 15 victories in the traditional Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500), including two for Takuma Sato He has won the two-time championship. Furthermore, he participates in IMSA under the Acura brand, and from 2018 to the present, he has won the Daytona 24 Hour Race three times, and the annual driver’s title and the manufacturer’s title three times each. The 24 Hours of Daytona held in Florida between January 27 and 28, 2024 will be the first race for HRC US. The Acura ARX-06, which won its first race last year, will compete in this 24-hour endurance race wearing the HRC logo instead of the HPD logo. HRC US IMSA participating vehicle “Acura ARX-06″ image Honda Racing President Koji Watanabe Said, “In order to enhance the HRC brand and maintain Honda’s motorsports activities, we have combined Honda’s motorsports development capabilities in Japan and the United States. ”A unified operation will be a great strength. I am confident that we can become even stronger if the Japanese and US HRC engineers work together. I sincerely welcome American staff to join HRC. “. Said David Salters, president of Honda Performance Development, “HPD has a strong team of talented engineers who have contributed to building Honda’s racing heritage in North America over the past 30 years. As a member of the global racing organization, I am honored to work with the members of HRC Japan to represent Honda Racing in the global racing world.While continuing to race in the United States, I am honored to work with the members of HRC Japan to represent Honda Racing on the world stage -eang. We will continue to sharpen our people and our skills.”
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