Honda to participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship

McLaren Honda F1-(from left) CEO of McLaren Group Limited Martin Whitmarsh, Honda President & CEO Takanobu Ito

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its decision to participate in the FIA* Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation. Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.

From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to Honda’s decision to participate in F1. Throughout its history, Honda has passionately pursued improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems. Participation in F1 under these new regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas. Furthermore, a new generation of Honda engineers can learn the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Commenting on this exciting development, Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said:
“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1.

The late great Ayrton Senna

We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s decision to introduce these new regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies and to the Formula One Group*, which has developed F1 into a high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Jean Todt, the President of FIA and to Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group who showed great understanding and cooperation to help realize our participation in F1 racing.

The corporate slogan of Honda is “The Power of Dreams”. This slogan represents our strong desire to pursue and realize our dreams together with our customers and fans. Together with McLaren, one of the most distinguished F1 constructors, Honda will mark a new beginning in our challenges in F1.”

Also, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited said:
“The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula One, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders. But it’s a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that we want once again to take McLaren Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula One success. Together we have a great legacy – and we’re utterly committed to maintaining it.”

Jean Todt, President of FIA said:
“I am very happy to hear about Honda’s important decision to return to Formula One with McLaren from 2015. The introduction of the new power train next year, in the form of a 1.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine with direct injection and energy recovery, is a very exciting challenge and demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport. I am sure that Honda will become a strong contender in the years to come.”

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Group said:
It is a great pleasure to see Honda back in Formula One. Their engine technology and passion for motor sports make them a natural Formula One contender.”

*FIA – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

*Formula One Group is the collective name for the multiple companies within the organization that manages the overall operation of Formula One racing, including Formula One Administration (FOA) that manages commercial rights and Formula One Management (FOM) that manages promotional and marketing activities.


History of Honda Participation in F1 Racing:

Honda has a rich racing pedigree

1964 – 1968: Participated as an “all Honda” factory team manufacturing both their own engine and chassis with infamous drivers such as Richie Ginther, John Surtees and Jo Schlesser winning a number of Grand Prix.
1983 – 1992: Participated as an engine supplier to several Formula One teams, the
highlight being the winning of both the driver’s and constructors’
championship titles for four consecutive years from 1988 through 1991
with McLaren Honda and legendary drivers, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. In total this highly successful relationship won Honda eight world titles, 44 checkered flags, 53 pole positions and 30 fastest laps over a span of 80 races. Honda also won the 1987 Formula One World Driver’s Championship with Nelson Piquet driving a Williams.
2000 – 2005: Participated as an engine supplier and joint developer of the chassis with the BAR Formula One Team.
2006 – 2008: Purchased the BAR Formula One Team and then participated as an “all
Honda” team manufacturing both their own engine and chassis.

1964 - Honda RA271 F1 race car

Alain Prost with Ayrton Senna in pursuit

Nelson Piquet in the Williams Honda

2008 - Honda F1 Earth Car



MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013 – Round 04: France – May 19, 2013

Pedrosa & Marquez take first & third for Honda at Le Mans

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) scored a masterful victory in treacherous conditions at Le Mans to take the World Championship lead from team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) who finished a brilliant third in his first wet-weather MotoGP race.

The fourth round of the 2013 campaign started on a soaking track, which slowly dried as the race went on to reveal narrow dry lines here and there, making the task of machine control on worn rain tyres extremely tricky. Pedrosa and Marquez were the masters of the conditions, Pedrosa dominating the race after a tussle with early leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), while Marquez fought back brilliantly after completing the first lap in eighth place. The Spanish pair now hold first and second positions in the points chase.

Pedrosa started from the second row and was up to third at the end of the first lap. He was quickly up to speed, passing reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) on lap three and then attacking Dovizioso for the lead two laps later at the Garage Vert right-hander. Pedrosa quickly built a 1.3 second advantage but ran very wide at the La Chapelle hairpin on lap eight, which put Dovizioso back in front. The Spaniard was ahead again four laps later, then the Italian took over once more at half-distance. Next time round Pedrosa grabbed the lead at the Musee left-hander and that was that.

Dani Pedrosa

The second half of the race was all his own, his advantage growing to seven seconds at one point. In the final laps he eased his pace to cross the finish line 4.8 seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) who had got the better of Dovizioso in the final laps. It was Pedrosa’s second successive win, following his similarly dominant performance at sunny Jerez two weeks ago. The result was also Pedrosa’s 24th premier-class victory, which puts him one win behind 1993 500 World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

Marquez’s race was equally impressive. The 20-year-old started from pole position but lost several places at the start and then took his time to get the hang of riding a MotoGP bike in the wet, making a few mistakes at the same time. And yet remarkably it only took him eight laps to learn to race a MotoGP bike in the rain – on laps eight, nine and ten he was the fastest man on track but he was still in tenth place. During the final two thirds of the 28 laps he moved forward at a remarkable rate, taking the final podium place from Dovizioso with two laps to go. The result maintained Marquez’s 100 per cent podium record from his first four races as a MotoGP rookie.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) rode a good race to finish sixth, behind the Ducati’s of Dovizioso and Nick Hayden. Despite not getting the best of starts he ran a good pace in the early stages and was happy enough with the end result, considering he’s never liked the Le Mans circuit.

Alvaro Bautista

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) came home in tenth place after sliding off at the Dunlop chicane on lap 18. He had been running in sixth place when he went down. The young German quickly remounted, rejoining the track in 11th position.

Australian MotoGP rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was one of the early fallers, sliding off his CBR100RR-powered CRT bike on the second lap.

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) won the Honda-powered Moto2 race to become the first non-Spanish winner in any MotoGP class so far this year. The Briton started from pole position but made a slow start, ending the first lap down in eighth. He fought back brilliantly from there, passing several rivals to take the lead from local Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter) on lap nine. The race was red flagged when rain began to fall in the final laps. Results were taken from the 22nd of the scheduled 26 laps.

Cool and tricky conditions contributed to the numerous crashes, most importantly three falls at the Musee left-hander. On lap three Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) grabbed the lead from Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) who then slid off at Musee, followed immediately by his team-mate Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex). Four laps later Nakagami crashed at the same corner, gifting the lead to Zarco.

Redding stayed out front from lap nine onwards but he was always under pressure from the group of riders immediately behind him. First it was Zarco who was his closest challenger and later it was team-mate Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) who came through to finish second after a difficult first few laps.

Xavier Simeon (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex) took his first Grand Prix podium in third place, just 1.234 seconds down on Redding, having got the better of Zarco and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) who finished fourth, just ahead of Zarco.

Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) finished sixth, his best result of the year, just ahead of another local, Mike Di Meglio (JiR Moto2 Motobi). Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex), Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team Speed Up) and Alex De Angelis ((NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up) completed the top ten.

Redding’s first Moto2 win – he won the British 125 GP in 2008 – moves him into the World Championship lead, 24 points ahead of Spanish GP winner Rabat.

The Moto3 race – first of the day – got underway on a partially damp track and was won by World Championship leader Maverick Vinales (KTM). Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) was Honda’s top finisher, the Italian crossing the finish line in seventh place after a thrilling battle with several other Honda riders.

Fenati was chased over the line by Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda), Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) and Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda); the four riders covered by just over two seconds. Team-mates John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) and Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) were next in 11th and 12th. Binder’s result puts him an impressive fifth in the World Championship standings.

The MotoGP 2013 World Championship continues with the Italian Grand Prix – one of the sport’s favourite events – at Mugello on June 2.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – 
Round 04: France


Pedrosa, Marquez and Crutchlow on the Podium at Le Mans

Rank Rider (Team)


Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)


Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)


Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)


Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)


Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)


Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)


Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)


Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)


Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)


Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)


Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)


Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)


Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)


Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)



Rank Rider (Team)


Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)


Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)


Xavier SIMEON (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq)


Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)


Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)


Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)


Mike DI MEGLIO (JiR Moto2)


Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)


Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)


Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)


Randy KRUMMENACHE (Technomag carXpert)


Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)


Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)


Marcel SCHROTTER (Desguaces La Torre SAG)


Louis ROSSI (Tech 3)



Rank Rider (Team)


Maverick VINALES (Team Calvo)


Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)


Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)


Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)


Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)


Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)


Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)


Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)


Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)


Isaac VINALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)


John McPHEE (Caretta Technology – RTG)


Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology – RTG)


Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)


Alessandro TONUCCI (La Fonte Tascaracing)


Philipp OETTL (Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing)




WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2013 – Round 05: Austria – May 19, 2013

Podium and Points Reward For Honda at Salzburgring WTCC

Gabriele Tarquini

A podium appearance and more World Championship points was the reward for the Honda Civics performance after a tough weekend at the Salzburgring circuit in Austria.

Following the qualifying penalties that relegated the cars to the back of the grid for race 1, the strategy was to bring the cars home safely and then attack for race 2 when the original grids are reversed. This placed Norbert Michelisz in the Zengo Motorsport Civic on the front row with the Castrol Honda team cars of Tiago Monteiro on the second row with Gabriele Tarquini in fifth position on row 3.

Race 1 performance was controlled as planned but the Civics did advance through the field and inherited some positions when cars ahead crashed or retired. Tarquini finished 12th followed by Monteiro and Michelisz.

Off the line from the start of race 2 Michelisz lead into the first corners before being passed by James Nash. Norbert clung on to the new leader for ten laps but could not find a way past. With two laps to go he was under further pressure from former champion Yvan Muller who stole the place on lap 10. Michelisz took the third step on the podium to confirm his third consecutive podium finish in the recent WTCC meetings in Slovakia, Hungary and now Austria.

From the second row Tiago Monteiro powered into a close third place on the opening lap and he too held station until lap seven when Muller passed him. Tiago finished a gritty fourth and was very positive at the finish. “We have to keep fighting for places and points. There is still a long season ahead and nothing comes easy in this competitive championship but this is why it is the actual World Championship. I really believe we can keep on collecting points right to the finish.”

Tarquini’s race was not so rewarding achieving eighth place overall with further points to be added to his Drivers Championship tally once all the results are finalised. “I had to work hard to keep positions but I lost out but we got the car home safely and can now take a little time for testing before the next WTCC race in Moscow in June.”

Gabriele Tarquini leading team-mate Tiago Monteiro

“It was a tough weekend and little went as we expected,” reports Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader for WTCC development from Honda R&D. “We had a small increase in straight line speed and will continue to refine boost and ignition controls. It is important that we look at possible improvements in aerodynamics for the next race.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship – 
Round 05: Austria

Provisional Results – Race 2 Salzburgring

Rank Drivers (Team)


James Nash (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Nobert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)


Tiago Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)


Michel Nykjaer (Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T)


Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC)




Honda To Be Partnering Sponsor in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The Honda HPD CR-Z entry

As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda recently announced that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field an unprecedented 10 Honda and Acura products in nine race classes, a first for any manufacturer in a single Pikes Peak event.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda. “Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda racing spirit.”

With support from Honda’s North American R&D and motorsports companies – Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Honda Performance Development, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, as well as Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Honda will showcase its diverse range of fun-to-drive/ride products and will field 10 products in nine race classes, the most ever for a single race participant.

Along with Honda IndyCar team Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports pilot Simon Pagenaud, the vehicles will be developed and piloted by Honda’s North American associates, under the banners of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team-Honda Research (THR). Pagenaud’s Pikes Peak vehicle entry and racing class will be announced at a later date.

Honda's entry in last year's Pikes Peak event, the HPD NSX

As a further extension of Honda’s sponsorship effort, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.

Honda 2013 Pikes Peak entries:

Category Class Vehicle Driver / Rider
Pikes Peak Open Acura NSX [1st gen. NSX] James Robinson
Time Attack Acura TL SH-AWD Brian Shanfeld
Exhibition Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe Sage Marie
EV Honda Fit EV Roy Richards
250 Honda CRF250R Nick Robinson
250 Honda CRF250R Dane Marsack
450 Honda CRF450R Jeff Tigert
Exhibition Honda CBR1000RR Alex Moreno
750SS Honda CBR600RR Erik Dunshee
450 ATV Honda TRX450 Keith Steidl

Honda has competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past. In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America. In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V-6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART). Prior to that, Honda set records in the EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. This year also marks the return of advanced Honda EV technology to America’s second-oldest race, in the form of a 2013 Honda Fit (Jazz) EV.


Chaparral H2O 18 Sport: 
Taking on the Entry-Level Market (courtesy of

Chaparral H20 18

Chaparral is not known for making price sensitive sportboats, but with that in mind, this
builder of higher-end boats is putting the entry-level price-sensitive market squarely in its
sights and going after it with a vengeance with the H2O series. Interestingly enough, several of the features and the build quality seen in its more higher-priced boats are still included in this series.

Chaparral H20 18

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Chaparral 327 SSX: 
A Super-Size Bowrider That Sleeps 2 (courtesy of

Chaparral 327 SSX

Here’s a boat that does it all, and does it well. She seamlessly transitions between a large family bowrider and an overnight cruiser. Her standard hardtop adds to her stylish looks while adding much needed protection from the sun. Button her up with cruising canvas and make her a 3-season boat. Her deep-V hull gives her the ability to handle waters outside the protected inlets where most bowriders will be gathering.

Chaparral 327 SSX

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Whether being towed or towing another boat – it’s not as easy as it looks…

Running out of fuel is the most common reason for needing a tow

On the water, especially out at sea, there are many variables such as weather, wind and tidal currents that can make being towed or towing another boat extremely difficult and potentially dangerous, so careful planning and good communication is essential. Then it’s a question of which towing technique to adopt, either the traditional ‘Tow Astern (pull)’ or whether to ‘Tow Alongside (tie up alongside)’ the other boat and travel as one unit.

Obviously to be towed you’ll need a good tow rope, and normally one would use the anchor rope because that is both long and strong. The most common means of towing in terms of ease of implementation and one that will suit most weather conditions is the traditional ‘pull’ tow, however this offers little or no control to the towed boat. Whichever you choose, make sure that you communicate your decision clearly with both the other boat and with your crew.

The 'Towing alongside' technique

The rope must be fastened securely to strong points on both boats, thus the mooring cleats are invariably your best option. If the water is choppy and the tow rope will be grabbing and jerking, then it’s best to use more than one mooring point on each boat and to make a “cradle” by linking up several cleats together to spread the load or act as a backup in case one of the points breaks.

The best approach is for the end of the rope to be secured to the towed boat first, then put a single turn of the rope around a cleat in the towing boat. As the boat moves ahead, let some line out and when there is a safe gap between the two boats, gradually increase the tension so the rope does not “snatch”. Let some more line slip out, take a second turn round the cleat then as the towed boat starts to follow you can secure the end. Ensure that the rope is kept taught and in sight to prevent loose line sinking and potentially wrapping itself around the propeller. It’s also important to keep an eye on the towed boat and ensure the speed is not causing it to yaw from side to side – boats are designed to be pushed by a propeller and do not usually take kindly to being pulled from the front.

Watch out for bad weather, wind and tidal currents...

In very calm waters, and particularly if you want to take the towed boat alongside a jetty or pontoon, the two boats need to be tied together side by side. First put out plenty of fenders to prevent damage, then fasten two ropes to attach bow to bow and stern to stern, and another, substantial rope from the bow of the towing boat to the stern of the towed boat. This is the rope that will take most of the strain of the tow. Roped together like this, both boats can be manoeuvred as one, albeit rather clumsily, but at least you will be able to bring both alongside a pontoon even in a crowded harbour or marina.

Towing is a technique that you’ll probably not be doing too much of, and as and when you do have to, it’ll more often than not be because a fellow boater has run out of fuel, but it’s still an important need-to-know skill which can but make you a better skipper. What’s more if you’ve got a Honda outboard powering your boat you’ll not need to be towed, it’s more likely that you’ll be called upon to do the towing…!





Introduction to Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Management Training Course held at De Hoop

Delegates at the MPA training course

As part of the on-going commitment towards capacity development of our MPA personnel, DEA: Oceans & Coasts and the WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme partnered to roll out a five day introductory course in MPA Management. The training course was held from 6-10 May at the Potberg Education Centre within the De Hoop Marine Protected Area and attracted 20 attendees from the Northern Cape, CapeNature and South African National Parks.

Dr Peter Fielding and Mr Lawrence Sisitka led the five day contact session which also included a tough written assessment. What made this course particularly successful was the fairly wide range in age, skills, education, and experience and this encouraged dialogue between the attendees from the different MPAs. Group work further encouraged the building of relationships and networks between different management agencies, and between management agencies and community groups.

Attendees on a brief field trip to check out the rocky and sandy ecosystems at work

Guest presentations were made by Mr Siyabonga Dlulisa, from the Oceans and Coasts Directorate of the DEA, with responsibility for MPAs, who gave an overview of the department’s strategy for MPAs in South Africa, and Mr Pete Chadwick, Manager, Integrated Ocean Management: WWF-SA, who gave a superbly illustrated presentation on the state of MPAs around our coastline.  Both presentations were well received, despite some contentious issues raised by the former, and some sobering facts shared by the latter. Lawrence Sisitka also presented an overview of the WIO-COMPAS MPA Professional Certification Programme, and several course participants were clearly interested in certification.

To break the monotony of the classroom, a field trip to the rocky and sandy beach coastline of the MPA was arranged and this coincided with a spring low tide. This helped to put the theoretical knowledge gained into practical understanding and interesting background and contextual input was provided by Peter Chadwick (past Reserve manager) and information on the functioning of rocky and sandy shore ecosystems was provided by a local marine guide Dalfrenzo Laing (who had been included in the course as a participant) and the project executant.

Attendees found the course to be of great benefit to their overall MPA education

The training course will hopefully be offered at other venues and by other management authorities in the near future. There is clearly a need and demand for further roll-out of this course, and perhaps an extended version of it.  The MPA training course provides a valuable stepping stone to the WIO-COMPAS certification and a career in MPA management.