Oct 14

SportsCars: Exclusive Q&A With HPD’s Steve Eriksen

HPD's Steve Eriksen, left, with OAK Racing team principal Jacques Nicolet, right. (Photo: DPPI/OAK Racing)

’s , left, with OAK Racing team principal Jacques Nicolet, right. (Photo: DPPI/OAK Racing)

From the development of a new LMP1 engine for 2014 and a spike in P2 interest globally, it’s been busy times at as the California-based manufacturer ramps up for the 2014 international sports car racing season.

FOX Sports SPEED caught up with HPD VP Steve Eriksen to shed some light into the manufacturer’s sports car racing activities across the globe, including prospects for the new TUDOR UnitedSportsCar Championship, as well as an update on the new Acura NSX.

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Aug 7

Honda Performance Development Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

LE MANS- HPD Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

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Performance Development, the racing arm of American Motor Co., Inc., is continuing its commitment to customer LMP1 endurance sports-car racing with the 2014 introduction of an all-new, turbocharged V6 engine, to be followed in 2015 by a range of bespoke energy recovery options, for FIA World Endurance Championship competition.

After several successful seasons supplying the normally aspirated Honda LM-V8 engine to private teams in both the and American Le Mans Series, HPD engineers and designers made the decision to offer their partner teams access to updated technology which the company believes will be necessary to successfully compete on the world stage, under the ACO’s new LMP1 energy-based power train regulations.

The new engine, to be designated the Honda HR22T, is based on the same architecture used in the Indianapolis 500-winning, 2.2-liter direct injection turbocharged V6 engine used in IZOD IndyCar Series competition since 2012, designed to be coupled with a new energy recovery system developed in concert with HPD technical partner Magneti Marelli.

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