Honda Leaves F1 Program to Focus on EVs

Honda F1 | Fayetteville, NC
Race Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16 crosses the finish line.

After 50 years of F1 excellence, Honda has decided to turn its attention away from the racing scene, at least for now. Instead, the Japanese carmaker will be looking towards becoming eco-friendlier, focusing its resources on battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology after the 2021 F1 season.

“Honda needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery EV technologies, which will be the core of carbon-free technologies,” said the carmaker in a press release.

Just because it’s leaving the F1 world at the moment, though, doesn’t mean it’s leaving racing behind entirely. Honda confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program. The carmaker will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains as soon as 2023. There’s even talk that the brand might come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.

This isn’t the first time that Honda has left F1. It’s been on-again, off-again with the racing series since the 1960s. Recently, though, it’s been working as its own team, and has also provided engines to other teams for over five decades. In 2019, three F1 races were won by Honda-powered vehicles, and two vehicles from Honda have won so far in 2020.

In moving away from F1 to focus on more eco-friendly vehicles, Honda is looking to help achieve its goal to have carbon-neutral operations by 2050.

To learn more about Honda’s environmental aspirations — and for news about its performance in this year’s F1 racing season — don’t hesitate to contact us at Bryan Honda.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Offers More Rugged Capability

Honda Ridgeline | Fayetteville, NC

The Honda Ridgeline is about to get even more rugged. For the 2021 model year, this pickup truck is back with new styling that expresses its off-road readiness more than ever before.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will come with more sculpted lines and a wider stance than before, which makes it look more than ready to hit the trail – which it is. It will also come with a weather-proof, locking bed trunk with 7.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, so you can easily bring along valuable tools, gear, and more.

And that’s not all. With an abundant 50 inches separating the rear wheel wells, the Ridgeline is the only vehicle in its class that can easily accommodate 4-by-8-foot building materials flat on the floor. Inside the cabin, you can even fold down the 60/40 split-folding seats to fit a full-size bicycle in the back, making the Ridgeline a versatile option for drivers that need a tough ride.

Like the Ridgeline before it, which you can check out now at Bryan Honda, the 2021 model has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds for FWD models and 5,000 pounds for AWD models. Its responsive steering and smooth ride make it feel like you’re driving a smaller car, while getting all the advantages of a capable pickup truck.

The Ridgeline’s cabin uses high-quality materials and comfortable seating to make the pickup welcoming, while its standard 8-inch touch-screen display gives you access to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to make it easy to stream music over the class-exclusive in-bed audio system when you’re tailgating.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, or would like to give the 2020 model a test drive, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bryan Honda.