Honda and General Motors (GM) have been partnering up a lot in the last few years – and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.
The two major automakers are looking to establish a broader partnership in North America, sharing a goal to create more efficient engines, develop new technologies, and introduce better products for each company.
Honda and GM signed a “non-binding memorandum of understanding” earlier this year to move the partnership forward. They agreed to work together to develop new Honda electric vehicles using a GM platform and Ultium batteries.
They also plan on developing new technologies including infotainment setups, electrical architecture, safety systems, and more. Honda will integrate GM’s OnStar® connectivity services into its two EV models, which could act as a foundation for more technology collaborations.
Finally, the two carmakers are looking to become more efficient in production. They will be joint purchasing some materials, while drawing on both of the brands’ expertise, specialization areas, and best practices to help save money in the long run. They are even considering joining together for certain manufacturing operations. The entire partnership will be overseen by a group of high-ranking executives from each brand.
There is no detailed timeline as to when this alliance will bear fruit, but make sure to keep your eyes on the Hardin County Honda blog for updated as they become available.
Honda has decided to shift its focus from F1 racing to becoming even more eco-friendly. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it’s withdrawing from F1 racing at the end of the 2021 season to put its resources towards battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
“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 automaker in a press release.
Honda has the corporate goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050.
The carmaker still plans on remaining involved in motorsports, and won’t be leaving racing entirely. It confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program, and will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains starting in 2023. There’s also an expectation that the brand will come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.
The Honda F1 program has been on-again, off-again since the 1960s. It has worked as its own team and has also provided engines to other teams throughout the last 50 years or so. Honda-powered vehicles won three F1 races in 2019 and have won two so far in 2020.
For all of your Honda news — both performance-focused and otherwise — keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog.
Honda took the 2020 Indy 500 by storm last month, dominating the field to celebrate its 13th victory at the oval. The carmaker claimed the top four spots in the race, with Takuma Sato taking the lead for the brand.
Before the final pit stops, the Indy 500 was led by Scot Dixon, who was driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He was leading by 111 laps, looking for a second Indy 500 victory —but Takuma Sato made a bold move in the final stage of the race to take the win.
Both Sato and his teammate Graham Rahal closed the gap between the lead pair, earning the second and third place after Rossi crashed. Then, Sato followed Dixon closely, eventually passing him on the 185th lap. Despite Dixon’s attempts to overtake Sato, the latter managed to stay in the front.
The race ended under the caution flag in lap 196 rather than 200, due to Spencer Pigot’s hard crash that occurred at the exit of turn four. Because Sato was in the lead at this time, he was named the victor.
Rahal took third place after Dixon, while Santino Ferrucci celebrated fourth after progressing from 19th place with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. We hope you’ll join all of us at Hardin County Honda in celebrating the automaker’s remarkable achievement at this years Indy 500. To get behind the wheel for yourself, check out our online inventory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.