Honda Leaves F1 Program to Focus on EVs

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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.

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.

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 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.

Formula 1 Technology Inspires 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV

Honda Fit | Fayetteville, NC

Finding a solid balance of power and efficiency isn’t always easy, but the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV manages to do just that. As the newest hybrid hatchback in the Honda lineup, this model offers racetrack-inspired efficiency to match its fuel economy.

During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced this electrified model, which combines a two-motor hybrid system with a 1.5-liter engine. The Fit e:HEV also comes with three driving modes to choose from – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – which were inspired by the Honda Formula 1 program.

Each mode allows you to find the right balance of power and fuel efficiency based on your driving style at any given moment. It also utilizes an electronic control system to help you seamlessly switch between these options on the go.

“During a Formula 1 race weekend, teams have to manage very carefully how much fuel they use to comply with the sport’s regulations,” Yasuaki Asaki, the head of power unit development at Honda, explained, “In a race, we can divide the total fuel allowance over the number of laps, but there are going to be situations where a team might wish to use more fuel in order to get higher performance and in other parts of the race they will want to save fuel for later, while behind a safety car for example.”

Asaki has managed to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode” because he utilized these practices, making the hybrid Fit a solid option in its segment.

All of us at Bryan Honda are continually impressed with the automaker’s engineering prowess, including currently available Honda Fit.

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid gets an impressive 40 mpg in the city

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid might be new to the Honda lineup, but it’s a solid option if you want a ride that’s both family-friendly and efficient. Now available in dealerships across the United States with a starting MSRP of just $27,750, the CR-V Hybrid is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

 

This hybrid crossover balances efficiency and power. Its two-motor hybrid system uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that allows it to get a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. With these numbers, the CR-V Hybrid is actually the most powerful of the entire CR-V lineup in addition to being the most efficient.

 

The 2020 CR-V Hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which gives it a combined fuel-efficiency rating of 38 mpg.** It also comes standard with all-wheel drive and has three driving modes to choose from to suit your mood.

 

With the CR-V Hybrid, you will also get a range of standard features. This includes the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technology, automatic climate control, LED headlights, a push-button start, smart entry, and automatic high beams.

 

To learn more about the powerful, efficient 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, please reach out to us here at Bryan Honda.

Honda February Sales See Increases Across Lineup

 

The 2020 sales year is continuing on solid footing for Honda. The carmaker recently published the Honda February sales, and it saw year-over-year increases all around. Its truck lineup, in particular, had its best February sales yet – and it’s likely only going to improve with the release of the first-ever 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which arrived in dealerships on March 1st.

 

“These are challenging times for our industry and the world, so it’s gratifying to see our sales grow in February, led by strong demand for Honda light trucks, and Civic sales gains demonstrating once again that cars still matter,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Auto Sales Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

 

The Honda truck lineup saw an increase of 6.6 percent in its February year-over-year sales numbers. This was aided by the HR-V posting a new record with a 14.4 percent increase. The Ridgeline also saw a solid sales rise after going up 46.8 percent compared to last year’s sales, while the Odyssey led the minivan segment.

 

Other Honda models saw gains, too. This includes the Honda Civic, which saw a year-over-year February sales increase of 11.5 percent. The Accord Hybrid and Insight also posted sales bumps of 10.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

 

There was a total sales increase for American Honda of 4.2 percent in February, with a total of 120,006 vehicles with happy new drivers.

 

If you want to know what all the fuss is about, give us a call at Bryan Honda. One of our experts will be happy to discuss what makes Honda’s current lineup so appealing.

 

Honda S2000 Prototype Brought Back for its 20th Anniversary

Honda S2000 prototype | Fayetteville, NC

Performance lovers, rejoice! Honda is highlighting its performance prowess with a special edition of the Honda S2000 that will celebrate the model’s 20th anniversary. This custom, one-off prototype has a range of exclusive parts that make it look thoroughly modern, head-turningly stylish, and so much.

The Honda S2000 prototype is based on the AP1 generation model, which was available from 1999 to 2003. It comes outfitted with a modernized bumper, side sills, fenders, and a sleek spoiler. This S2000 also boasts an updated suspension, along with black mirror and windshield casings, a lower front air intake, and a set of 17-inch Advan RZ2 wheels.

Though we don’t know what the inside will look like, based on the picture it does look like the cabin will appear similar to previous versions. The red seats resemble the original S2000, though Honda does say that the model will have an updated, premium audio system.

The new S2000 model prototype was showcased at the Tokyo auto salon in January, alongside a custom first-generation Type R Civic, a one-seater microcar, and a JDM Stepwagon MPV. Because it’s a prototype, none of the details are set in stone, and much of what we can expect in the consumer version is up to speculation.

All we can do now is wait. We hope you’re as excited as we are about the possibilities presented by an all-new S2000, and we can’t wait to see you here at Bryan Honda when it finally hits the road.