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Friday, September 29, 2023

Honda Is Merging Its Motorsports Division

Honda is merging its two motorsports divisions to create a truly global organization. This as North America’s Honda Performance Development (HPD) will become Honda Racing Corporation USA starting with the 2024 motorsports season.

Now collaborating with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in Japan, the global HRC entity will combine their unique expertise and resources to strengthen Honda’s motorsports capabilities including its Formula 1 program.

HRC was established in Japan in 1982 as Honda’s motorcycle racing arm, and is recognized for more than 40 years of championship racing heritage in pinnacle global racing categories such as WGP/MotoGP, Superbike, Motocross, World Trial, and the Paris Dakar rally. In 2022, HRC added auto racing including Honda’s F1 program to its responsibilities, with the Sakura Center dedicated for auto racing and Asaka Center focused on motorcycle racing.

Meanwhile, HPD was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in 1993, as a separate racing arm to compete in the IndyCar series. For 30 years, HPD has competed in various racing series including IndyCar, IMSA, Baja Off-Road, Touring Cars, and Formula Regional America.

HRC’s auto racing development center in Japan currently supports Red Bull Powertrains for F1 power units and contribute to world championship victories, the most recent of which is being crowned as the 2023 Formula 1 Constructor’s Champion. Starting in 2026, HRC will partner with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team as the official engine supplier.

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