2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sets New Track Record

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda recently highlighted just how much capable its performance segment is. The all-new 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition recently took to the track at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and it managed to set a brand-new front-wheel-drive record.

The Civic Type R Limited Edition hit the track full speed and set a new lap time of two minutes and 23.993 seconds. This was not only faster than the Ferrari F40, but also only six seconds slower than the Nissan GT-R and Koenigsegg One:1.

Honda has a solid reputation at the Suzuka track, though, so it should come as no surprise that it performed so well on it. The course was first built as a Honda vehicle testing facility, and is the only track in the Formula One calendar to have a figure-eight configuration. This makes it a 3.6-mile long challenger for professional drivers.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition has yet to be released in America but is set to go on sale soon. Only 600 units of this special-edition model will go on sale in this market, making it one of the rarest vehicles Honda has ever produced. It comes with a unique Phoenix Yellow exterior, along with lightweight, forged-aluminum BBS wheels. It has seen eight reduction modifications to help reduce the weight of this model, increasing its speed.

This special-edition model will also feature Micheline® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and recalibrated steering.

Keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog to see when preorders for the blazingly fast 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition go live at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY

When the world was put on hold earlier this year due to COVID-19, IndyCar races saw a pause, too. Now, though, the racing industry is back on the track – and it looks like Honda is taking the lead. On June 7th, during the first lockdown IndyCar race, Honda showcased its performance abilities, winning over the rest of the field.

Despite having a rough start with racers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal all experiencing electronic control unit problems – and were unable to receive assistance from Honda engineers due to social distancing protocols – the Honda team still managed to pull ahead of the pack.

Scott Dixon managed to pull ahead of his competitors with one of his best IndyCar races so far. Dixon maintained the lead in the race after passing Josef Newgarden on lap 32, eventually coming in first in 157 laps of the 200-lap race, sometimes pulling a gap of over five seconds. This has extended his record for consecutive season wins to 16, tying with A.J. Foyt’s record of scoring at least one IndyCar victory throughout 18 seasons.

“The Honda engine, it was huge, man, the power out there,” said Dixon about his Honda racecar. “Our car was just so fast tonight, in any situation. We had to make a couple of bold moves tonight, and we could just go for it. Huge thanks to the team and everyone involved.”

While none of Honda’s street-ready cars are likely to best Dixon’s lap time, you’re sure to find something just as reliable and exciting on the lot at Hardin County Honda.

Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer

Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda and General Motors Partnership Produces Hand Sanitizer | Elizabethtown, KY

Carmakers across the industry are working together to help alleviate the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. A partnership between Honda and General Motors formed recently, as the two companies work to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer through their Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) partnership.

While each company plans on using the hand sanitizer at their own facilities, Honda will also donate 3,750 bottles to health care facilities in Ohio and Michigan.

The FCSM team is making the hand sanitizer at a Brownstown, Michigan facility. It is repurposing equipment used to develop fuel-cell fuel stacks for the next-generation hydrogen-powered cars to do so. Nearly 75 percent of the brand’s allocation of hand sanitizer will be sent to health care facilities throughout the country.


“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.”

Honda plans on providing 1,500 gallons of the hand sanitizer to use in its manufacturing plants, along with donating it to health care facilities. The packaging needed to ship the product was donated by Packaging Corporation of America, while the FCSM team utilized other companies to actually bottle it. To learn more about how the whole Honda family — including all of us here are Hardin County Honda — are putting your health and safety first every day, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers

Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Face Shield Donation Given to American Healthcare Workers | Elizabethtown, KY

Across the world, COVID-19 is still affecting people of all ages. To fight the virus, healthcare workers are on the front lines, risking their own lives. Honda has decided to help these essential workers by focusing on manufacturing something vital – face shields. Honda recently announced that it has donated 70,000 face shields to healthcare workers across the United States, and plans on sending at least 60,000 more.

The Honda face shield donation will help prevent the spread of coronavirus. To produce these masks, the brand took existing plastic injection molding equipment at Honda Engineering North America in Marysville, Ohio, to create clear plastic shields.

Honda of Canada Manufacturing worked alongside the Marysville plant to create another vital component for the shields – the frames they need to stay secure. With these two manufacturing plants working hard, they sent 70,000 shields to 305 facilities in 45 states, and will be sending out more in the near future.

“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.”

Along with these face shields, Honda has also contributed to preventing COVID-19 in other ways, including turning multiple Honda Odyssey minivans into coronavirus-testing transport vans in Detroit.

We hope you’ll join all of us here at Hardin County Honda in praising Honda’s decision-makers for their incredible contribution.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sells Out

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda recently announced that the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition sold out within just four minutes. The vehicle went on sale on the Honda Canada website, and all of the 100 units that were available in that country were bought immediately.

This isn’t the first time that the special-edition Civic has sold out so quickly. In the UK, where there were 20 units available for sale, the Type R Limited Edition also sold out quickly, highlighting how in-demand the vehicle is.

Honda plans on only selling 1,000 Civic Type R Limited Edition models worldwide. 600 of these units will be distributed in the United States.

This Limited-Edition ride is painted in Phoenix Yellow and can be reserved with a $1,000 deposit. There’s no word yet on the price tag for this Civic in the United States, but it was listed as £39,995 in the UK, which is about $46,600 USD. While the Civic sold in the US will have some different features than the European option – including an air-conditioning system – we can expect it to be similarly priced. There’s speculation that this model will cost about $10,000 more than the regular Civic Type R.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition also comes with a weight reduction, 20-inch BB alloy wheels, an Alcantara steering wheel, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tires, and a new teardrop gear knob.

If you’re looking for your own Honda Civic, make sure you check out what we have on our dealer lot at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Civic Speed Record Set with 1.1-Second Zero-to-60 Time

2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY

During the Haltech World Cup Finals, a Honda Civic showed just how performance-oriented the car can be. A version of the Civic model set a new speed record for the model, running a quarter-mile track and traveling from zero to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds at the Maryland International raceway a few months ago.

This Civic’s power was modified to help it become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. Its custom-built 2.2-liter inline-four engine used billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to increase its power.

To add to this, a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbo added 60 pounds to the Civic’s specs, helping it boast an all-in power of 1,500 horsepower. There was also a MoTeC electronic control unit in use to help run the entire lot, helping give this Civic plenty of pep when it was needed most.

The 1,500 horsepower was then sent through an all-wheel-drive system for optimal performance. A four-speed dogbox was also used in replace of the usual six-speed manual transmission.  

Along with boasting a 0-to-60 time of 1.1 seconds, this special Civic coupe drag car also went on to run a solid quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda.

While this particular model may be reserved for the racetrack, you can experience the 2020 Honda Civic for yourself at Hardin County Honda.

2020 Honda Fit e:HEV is Based on Formula 1 Technology

2020 Honda Fit e:HEV | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Fit e:HEV | Elizabethtown, KY

When it comes to combining efficiency with power, the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV is raising the bar. This hybrid hatchback — which was unveiled during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show — is certainly efficient, but its designers took inspiration from the Honda Formula 1 program, giving the Fit e:HEV ample power.

This electrified Fit model uses a two-motor hybrid system, which works alongside its 1.5-liter engine. It also offers three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – to give you the combination of efficiency and performance you want.

The Fit e:HEV has an electronic control until that allows it to seamlessly switch between the modes, which is where the influence from the Honda F1 team is evident.

“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.”

With these thoughts in mind, Asaki goes on to mention that this F1 experience has allowed the Fit e:HEV to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode.”

If you want to experience Honda’s engineering prowess for yourself, feel free to stop by Hardin County Honda and take a 2020 Fit for a test drive.

Honda & GM Partner To Build Two Electric Vehicles

Honda and GM Partnership Will Help Build Two Electric Vehicles | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda and GM Partnership Will Help Build Two Electric Vehicles | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda has joined forces with General Motors (GM) to help move towards a greener future. This Honda and GM partnership will lead to the creation of two new electric vehicles, taking a big step into the future of emission-free driving.

The two new electrified vehicles will feature batteries from GM that are manufactured at its plants in North America. The cars’ interiors and exteriors, though, will be designed by Honda.

“This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor. “We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership.”

GM will also contribute other aspects of its vehicles to these two jointly created rides. They will have the brand’s hands-free advanced driver-assistance technology, and will also feature the GM OnStar safety and security telematics services.

This is the second time Honda and GM have teamed up to create a new eco-friendly vehicle. The two brands previously worked together to create the Cruise Origin, which is a self-driving and shared electric vehicle that debuted earlier this year in San Francisco.

The new electric vehicles created in this partnership are expected to go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2024.

All of us here at Hardin County Honda are eagerly awaiting more details on the results of the Honda and GM’s partnership, and we can’t wait to see you when the all-new EVs are finally road-ready.

Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief

Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Emergency Relief | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Gives $1 Million to COVID-19 Emergency Relief | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda is committed to supporting the entire Honda family during the COVID-19 outbreak. The brand announced recently that it plants to help associates, customers, and communities throughout North America with an initial pledge of $1 million. This pledge will help provide local food banks and meal programs throughout the country with the items they need to help provide for those in need.

The carmaker also stated that it will match up to $1,000 for each individual gift that Honda associates make to local food programs.

“We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America. “We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate ‘virtual volunteers,’ to help people in need.”

Along with these monetary donations, Honda is also donating N-95 masks to help healthcare providers on the front line. The brand has also repurposed 3D printers to create protective face shields while partnering with other companies to produce critical medical equipment for those who need it.

Eligible Honda employees will also be able to take advantage of the brand’s new temporary paid personal leave of absence program. This will allow them to receive full pay for up to 10 non-production business days.

All of us here at Hardin County Honda are proud to be a part of the Honda family. To learn more about Honda’s donation and all the ways that we’re making your safety our number one priority, give us a call today.

Honda Truck Sales Hit Record High In February

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda is continuing 2020 strong after posting an all-around sales increase. In fact, the Honda truck lineup had its best February sales yet – and with the release of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid on March 1st, it’s likely that they will only get better.

“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.

For the month of February, the Honda truck lineup saw solid sales numbers with a 6.6 percent increase in year-over-year sales. The HR-V posted a new record of sales with an uptick of 14.4 percent, while the Ridgeline increased 46.8 percent and the Odyssey led the minivan segment with its sale numbers.

Along with the trucks, the Honda Civic also saw an 11.5 percent increase in year-over-year February sales, while the Accord Hybrid and Insight both also posted gains in February of 10.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

In total, Honda of America saw an increase of 4.2 percent in February, with a total of 120,006 vehicles sold.

If you want to learn more about why people are flocking towards Honda vehicles in record numbers, give us a call at Hardin County Honda.