- Continues sponsorship of 2015 event for third consecutive year
- Expands entries across the Honda, Acura and Honda Powersports line-ups
- Features international participation from world-wide Honda Racing programs
Honda will continue its commitment to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, returning as a sponsor of the annual "Race to the Clouds"; fielding vehicles in multiple classes in both automotive and powersports categories; and working with race organizers and the sanctioning body to continue course safety improvements.
For the third consecutive year, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will serve as a corporate sponsor of the legendary event. In addition, Honda Powersports will continue as the official ATV/UTV of the race, showcasing its latest products in support of the event. The 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
With support from Honda's North American R&D and motorsports companies – Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D Americas – the company will again campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, as well as Honda motorcycles and ATVs. The 2015 event will be the fifth consecutive year of Honda participation at Pikes Peak, and the North American contingent will be joined by Honda associates from Japan and Australia to create a global Honda Racing effort.
"The nature of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb provides Honda with the unique opportunity to showcase products from our complete range of vehicles and powersports products," said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. "Honda associates from around the world are already hard at work preparing for this year's race, and to demonstrate the Power of Dreams."
This year's race will mark the second year for Honda to work with PPIHC organizers and the sanctioning American Motorcyclist Association to improve safety for both competitors and spectators. The innovative Air Fence system, introduced to the Hill Climb in 2014, will be expanded for this year's race.
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.
Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.
Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2014, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and in 2015 will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation NSX supercar.
Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.
About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead Honda's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including the 2014 event, won by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport.
HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.
HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010.
HPD offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.
About Team Honda Research
Founded in 1996 and covering both Ohio and Los Angeles, THR has a record of success racing Honda and Acura products in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), NASA, and Rally-America competition, with more than 50 race victories in a variety of classes.
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