Honda is expanding its motorsport activities in the United States, specifically in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, announcing a new entry in the Daytona Prototype category. To this end, Starworks Motorsport will field a V6-powered Honda Riley race car at the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) has developed a new 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Daytona Prototype version of the production J35 engine for the Daytona Prototype racer. The engine I very close to the production V6 you find in many Honda and Acura road cars.
Key production-based components utilized in the racing engine include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, even a stock Honda oil filter.
Other variants of the same engine, the 2.8-liter HR28TT twin-turbo V6, compete in LMP2 prototype category, as well as Japan’s Autobacs SuperGT Championship, the One Lap of America competitive rally and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
In the Daytona Prototype campaign, the Honda-Riley DP chassis car will be fielded by Starworks, while Extreme Speed Motorsports will continue to field a pair of HPD ARX-03b Hondas created to LMP2 specifications.