The third largest Japanese automaker has ample experience when it comes to motorsporting events and while it seems unlikely, they were also implicated in off-road racing for a while.
Now the company has decided to rekindle the love for the category and announced plans to return to off-road racing via an all-new model that will try its prowess in the SCORE Baja 1000. We are being greeted by a teaser for the vehicle, though the carmaker is keeping a “hush-hush” profile on specific details – they only confirmed the new vehicle would be powered by a twin-turbo HR35TT V6 engine commissioned through Honda Performance Development. Naturally, no word on technical details has perspired except for Honda saying the powerplant would be mated to an Albins ST6 sequential transmission, feature Fox racing shocks, and rugged General Grabber tires. The factory off-road race program will start with the Baja 1000 race in November and then continue through 2016. The return to off-road racing is made through Honda Performance Development, the racing unit of American Honda Motor, the US division of the company.
The off-roader is also rumored to feature a tubular chassis, carbon fiber panels and beadlock wheels. The SCORE Baja 1000 will be Honda’s first four-wheel desert race since it competed in the HPD Desert Pilot Class 6 in 2012. The company added more information about the off-road racing program and the vehicle itself would be revealed closer to the Baja 1000 event in November.