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.

Fort Bragg Celebrates National Trails Day

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Fort Bragg undoubtedly has some of the most beautiful trails in the United States and the city was looking to celebrate. National Trails Day took place on June 4th and there was plenty to do. In the spirit of celebration, Fort Bragg also opened new coastal trails that have been a long time in the making.

The main celebration was held on the Southern Coastal Trail and brought together much of Fort Bragg’s community. Entertainment including performances by Circus Mecca and live music from various bands. The United States Coast Guard put on an ocean rescue demonstration and a Paul Bunyan logging demonstration was open to the public.

Attendees also celebrated the opening of the Noyo Center for Marine Science’s “Crow’s Nest.” The North Coast Brewing Company hosted a beer garden and all proceeds went towards the Noyo Center.

To top it all off, a Blue Whale skeleton was put on display.

The new coastal trails stretch five miles and offer ocean views, benches made by local artists, and more. Complete with habitat restoration, the entirety of the park is now open to all public visitors.

Although the event lasted just four hours, it was one to remember!

We here at Bryan Honda can’t wait to hit the new trail!