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.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Jack-o-Lantern & Candy | Fayetteville, NC

Trick-or-treating seems to be out of the cards this year, which means that Halloween will certainly look a bit different. If you’re searching for a way to celebrate Halloween at home this year, don’t worry — we have some family-friendly ideas so you can join the spooky festivities while still staying socially distanced.

Get crafty

Halloween is a prime time to get your crafting on. There are a number of fun ideas that you could complete as a family, regardless of your kids’ ages. From creating monster puppets to making paper pumpkins — or even just carving them — t the options are endless. Just check out Pinterest for some of the best ideas out there.

Think up a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts can easily be done at home or out and about, making it an easy idea for socially distanced fun. Have the kids dress up in their costumes and give them a list of Halloween-themed items to look for, including pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, and witches.

Build a haunted blanket fort and watch movies

Stay out of the cold and cuddle up under a blanket fort this year, rather than heading out trick-or-treating. A blanket fort can easily be decorated with spooky items like cobwebs and plastic spiders. Build one as a family, fill it to the brim with pillows, and spend the night munching on candy while watching family-friendly Halloween movies. You can even sit around and tell spooky stories to really get into the mood.

From all of us at Bryan Honda, we want to wish you a safe, fun, and spooky Halloween! If you’re looking for a vehicle at a price that’s anything but scary, check out our extensive online inventory.

Honda Takes the Lead at 2020 Indy 500

2020 Indy 500 | Fayetteville, NC

There are few races known better than the Indy 500, even to those that don’t follow the sport. During the 2020 Indy 500, the Honda brand took the field by storm, dominating with its 13th victory at the legendary oval track. The automaker took the top four spots in the race, highlighting its racing prowess as Takuma Sato claimed the win for the brand.

For the majority of the race, a Honda driver led the pack. Before the final pit stops, Scott Dixon, who was driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, was leading the race looking for a second Indy 500 victory. In the final stage of the race, though, Takuma Sato took over Dixon to take the win.

While Sato and his teammate, Graham Rahal, closed the gap between the leaders, Rossi crashed his car, which meant that the pair took the second and third place. Sato followed Dixon closely throughout the final laps, finally passing him on the 185th. While Dixon made multiple attempts to overtake Sato, the latter managed to fend Dixon off and stay in the front.

The race finished in the 196th lap under the caution flag, instead of going its usual 200. This was due to Spencer Pigot’s crash that occurred at the exit of turn four. This led to Sato being named victor, followed by Dixon in second place and Graham Rahal in third. Santino Furrucci came in at fourth after progressing from 19th while driving a Vasser-Sullivan Honda.

While we don’t recommend driving around Fayetteville, NC, at track speeds, we hope you’ll check out Honda’s legendary engineering prowess with a test drive at Bryan Honda.

Improve Your Driving with HondaLink Driver Feedback System

2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior | Fayetteville, NC

If you’re looking to grow your driving skills, then Honda has an available service for you – the HondaLink Driver Feedback System. This system, which is available via the HondaLink app on your smartphone, gives you a set score for each drive you take, helping you keep track of your driving habits and improve them accordingly.

After each time you hit the road, the Driver Feedback System will give you a scorecard that looks at a range of factors, including trip distance, duration, speed, any hard brakes you made, and any moments of aggressive acceleration. The higher your score, the better your driving skills were on any given drive.

Along with drive-by-drive feedback, you will also receive a weekly report that summarizes your individual trip scores. If you get good positive ratings, you may even qualify for discounts on car insurance.

The following Honda models that are currently or were previously enrolled in the Security, Remote, or Concierge packages will have access to the HondaLink Driver Feedback System:

  • 2018 and newer Accord Touring
  • 2018 and newer Odyssey Touring
  • 2019 and newer Insight Touring
  • 2019 and newer Passport Touring
  • 2019 and newer Pilot Touring/Elite

You can discover more about this feature – and more about other helpful technologies that Honda has to offer – when you contact us at Bryan Honda in Fayetteville, NC.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Breaks Suzuka Track Record

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Fayetteville, NC

The all-new 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition is showing just how performance-oriented it is. This special-edition sedan recently set a new front-wheel-drive track record on the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan, highlighting its solid power and handling skills.

To set the new record, the Civic Type R Limited Edition achieved a lap time of two minutes and 23.993 seconds. This time was faster than the Ferrari F40 and only six seconds slower than the Nissan GT-R and Koenigsegg One:1.

The Suzuka track was first built as a testing facility for Honda vehicles, so it’s safe to say that the brand knows it well. This track is the only one on the Formula1 calendar to have a figure-eight configuration, making it 3.6 miles of challenge for professional drivers.

Honda has yet to release the Type R Limited Edition model in America, but it will be coming soon, only offering 600 units to consumers in this market. This special-edition model is built with speed in mind, using lightweight, forged aluminum BBS wheels and a significant reduction in overall weight to help increase its power. It also features Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and recalibrated steering to provide maximum control and feedback.

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R will launch in the US later this year. It has already been introduced in other markets, selling out in less than four minutes in Canada and the United Kingdom.

For information on when you can order your very own 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition, keep an eye on the Bryan Honda Blog.

Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer | Fayetteville, NC

As the country continues to focus on reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, Honda is looking to help out. The carmaker has joined forces with General Motors to produce one of the most essential tools for frontline workers in this pandemic – hand sanitizer.

The Honda and General Motors partnership recently began working to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for healthcare workers across the country.

Through the two automaker’s existing Fuel Cell System manufacturing (FCSM) partnership, they are also working to produce as much hand sanitizer as possible to use in their own manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.

The Honda brand has already given 3,750 nine-ounce bottles to healthcare facilities in Ohio and Michigan. Overall, 75 percent of the hand sanitizer that Honda will receive from this partnership will be sent to healthcare facilities.

“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”

The FCSM team is producing the hand sanitizer at its Brownstown, Michigan facility. It’s using repurposed equipment that usually creates fuel-cell fuel stacks for future hydrogen-powered vehicles.

We hope you’ll join all of us at Bryan Honda in celebrating these automakers’ commitment to keeping us all safe during these difficult times.

Honda Ventilator Parts Help Combat COVID-19

Manufacturing Plant | Fayetteville, NC

People around the world are reaching out and lending a helping hand in a time of need. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Honda is looking to help out, too. The carmaker recently started manufacturing and delivering vital ventilator parts to Dynaflo Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. These Honda ventilator parts will allow Dynaflo to produce their diaphragm compressors – a key component of portable ventilators.

Honda is working with Dynaflo to produce 10,000 compressors every month, working to do so until the end of August. The Dynaflo portable ventilators are used in hospitals and by first responders across the country.

“Honda associates have successfully transformed a portion of our technical training center into an assembly line that will help support the urgent need to produce ventilator components,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda North America, Inc. “With our supply of these key components to Dynaflo, we hope to help address one of the most pressing needs within the COVID-19 crisis.”

To produce these parts, Honda has transformed its Technical Development Center in Marysville, Ohio, which stretches over 6,000 square feet. The Center has used its production expertise to ramp up production, ensuring best practices are used in compressor assembly. Each part is built and tested for quality before behind shipped to add to the ventilators.

If you want to learn more about how Honda is putting your health and safety at the forefront of its operations, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bryan Honda.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sells Out Quickly

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Fayetteville, NC

Around the world, people are sitting in wait to get their hands on the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition model – and its current sale-speed reflects that. Recently, Honda put this special-edition model on sale on its Canadian website, and each of the 100 available units sold out within four minutes.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, either. In the United Kingdom, a similar event occurred with each of the 20 units available in the country going to buyers at roughly the same pace, highlighted just how people want to get their hands on this vehicle.

The Type R Limited Edition is currently available for a $1,000 deposit in the United States. It comes with a Phoenix Yellow exterior and a weight reduction to help increase its speed, while also boasting 20-inch BB alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tires, a new teardrop gear knob, and an Alcantara steering wheel.

Only 1,000 Civic Type R Limited Edition models were created to be sold around the world, and 600 will go on sale in the United States later this year. While we’re not sure what the exact pricing this model will have in the United States, we do know that it was listed in the UK for £39,995 – the equivalent of $46,600 USD. Since the US model will be slightly different than the European option, including standard features like an air-conditioning system – it will likely have a similar or slightly higher price tag.

While you wait for the Civic Type R Limited Edition to go on sale, take a look at the online inventory at Bryan Honda to check out the Civic.

Honda Face Shield Donation Helps American Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Workers | Fayetteville, NC

As coronavirus continues to disrupt the world, many healthcare workers are spending their days fighting to keep us safe. To help out essential workers across the United States, Honda recently announced that it donated 70,000 face shields to those on the frontlines – and plants on giving at least 60,000 more.

Honda’s face shield donations were sent to 305 facilities in 45 states. The shields help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Honda produced these shields at the Honda Engineering North America production plant in Marysville, Ohio. The site took existing plastic injection molding equipment to create the clear plastic shields, then combined them with frames created at Honda of Canada Manufacturing.

“It was a comprehensive effort with our Honda design and manufacturing teams working together to quickly solve this challenge,” said Eric Walli, regional planning leader of Honda North America. “We were looking at materials, doing scientific work to understand if what we put in a face shield would be safe for humans to wear, an all of this was occurring as we sought to rapidly begin and then ramp up production.”

Honda has also contributed to preventing COVID-19 in other ways. Along with its face-shield production, the carmaker has turned multiple Honda Odyssey minivans into mobile coronavirus-testing transport vans in Detroit.

All of us at Bryan Honda are proud to be a part of the Honda family, and we hope you’ll join us in thanking it for its efforts to protect public health.