Honda Wants to Win Sebring

2015 Honda LMP Race Car

In the capable hands of ESM Racing’s Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Brabham, Honda’s HPD ARX-03B IMSA/LeMans prototype won its class- but was just short of the overall victory at this year’s 12 hour Sebring endurance race. Nutty as this may seem to you non-racers, it was an infuriating race for Honda, whose ARX-03B finished sandwiched between a Ford Riley DP up ahead, and the Daytona 24-winning Corvette DP just behind. The HPD car was in a “lower” class, and shouldn’t have been anywhere near the Daytona Prototype cars at the finish. Yet, there it was- so close to the overall win, but so far.

Honda is not having any of it. So, for 2015, HPD will be bringing an all-new LMP car to Daytona and Sebring: the 2015 HPD ARX-04B.

Much of the chassis and suspension of the new ARX-04B is expected to be structurally similar to the outgoing ARX-03B. Similarly, the new car will be benefiting from HPD’s Acura RLX/MDX-based twin-turbo V6 IMSA engine program …

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… but the new car will also have a closed, wind-cheating cockpit canopy that should help it close the straight-line speed gap between itself and the DP cars. “We are very excited for our new HPD ARX-04B LMP2 Coupe to see the light of day, combining all of our successes in international sports car racing with the very latest regulations for closed-cockpit prototypes,” said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO.

We’re pretty excited, too, Steve.

Expect to see the HPD ARX-04B debut at one of the trade shows (probably PRI) leading up to the 24 hour Daytona race next February, as it builds up to Sebring and, following that, LeMans. It should be a thing.

 

Source | Photos: Honda Racing/HPD.

 

Jo Borrás

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