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WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2013 – Round 11: China – November 3, 2013

Honda Civics 1, 2 and 3 in WTCC Shanghai – Monteiro takes victory

Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini had a good weekend in China

Three Honda Civics made a clean sweep of the podium positions with commanding first, second and third finishing places in the FIA World Touring Car Championship Race 2 in Shanghai. Tiago Monteiro led into turn 1 from his pole position starting spot and held that place for the entire 10 laps, extending his lead to 1.1 seconds over Castrol Honda team-mate, Gabriele Tarquini. Norbert Michelisz battled furiously for those 10 laps to retain his third place to the end, another fine result for the young Hungarian star and his popular Zengo Motorsport team.

This was the second clean sweep for Honda having achieved the same impressive result at the Slovakia Ring event earlier in the season. Victory in China is the third for the Castrol Honda team and the fourth in the season for the Honda Civic WTCC cars in the first full season in the WTCC. Each of the three Honda drivers has taken at least one race win this season so far.

For Monteiro this was his first victory of the season and first with the Honda Civic, having been at the wheel since Honda launched its WTCC challenge in the last three events of 2012. “That is an amazing result for me and Honda with my team-mates too. Everytime we race we improve and this is a great reward for the whole team. I want to thank everybody for making this happen, I’m proud to be part of this great Honda project. I dedicate this win to my mother who is recovering from recent health problems,” said Tiago climbing out of his number 18 Civic.

Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro

For Race 2 track conditions improved to allow slick tyres to be used but the heavily overcast skies meant the cars ran with headlights blazing for the whole race. Earlier in Race 1 damp conditions forced the start behind the Safety Car for the first two laps. When racing proper commenced Tarquini was in a seven car battle for the duration, finally taking 7th place at the flag. Michelisz finish 10th and Monteiro 11th.

From the start of Race 2 the three Hondas set the pace, Tiago and Gabriele slipstreaming away from the pursuing pack where Norbert showed his indomitable spirit and concentration to retain his grip on third position against a sustained attack from reigning WTCC Champion Rob Huff.

“That was a dream race really,” said Norbert. “I never thought I could get this result in Shanghai. I knew that I must overtake right at the start and then there was a heavy fight going on behind me so I had to concentrate all the way. I had to use some different lines and really work the brakes and tyres hard. There was little grip left on the last laps but I got home with a great result.”

Gabriele Tarquini was delighted with the podium results: “Without question I had to give maximum attack from the start. But I have to recognize that Tiago made a fantastic race and he had the edge over me today. It was a fantastic race for us and I’m so happy for this second Honda hat-trick.”

Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader for WTCC development from Honda R & D is certain that this result truly reflects the development progress and also the great teamwork in the races. “Once again we have showed that even with full ballast and what was a difficult track for us we can deliver the results. The race pace was perfect, the engine and chassis worked superbly and I am especially proud of the team strategy and the drivers teamwork. This result shows total professional performance in the operation.”

At the post-race press conference Tiago explained his emotions: “I said before this weekend that I hoped for a win before the end of the season but maybe I didn’t expect it here before the event started. But everything worked just great, my luck seems to have changed for the better recently. It may have looked quite simple but that was as hard a race as I’ve had. From the very first meter off the line it was like a qualifying lap every lap. I really wanted this win.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship
 – Round 11: China

Race 1

Rank Driver (Team)
1 Tom CHILTON (Chevrolet Cruze)
2 Yvan MULLER (Chevrolet Cruze)
3 James NASH (Chevrolet Cruze)
4 Alex MACDOWALL (Chevrolet Cruze)
5 Pepe ORIOLA (Chevrolet Cruze)
6 Rob HUFF (SEAT Leon WTCC)
7 Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)
10 Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)
11 Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

Race 2

Tiago Monteiro

Rank Driver (Team)
1 Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)
2 Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)
3 Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)
4 Rob HUFF (SEAT Leon WTCC)
5 Yvan MULLER (Chevrolet Cruze)
6 James NASH (Chevrolet Cruze)

 

 


MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013 – Round 18: Valencia –
November 10, 2013

Marquez and Honda make history at Valencia

Marc Marquez - MotoGP and Honda's youngest ever World Champion

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) made history at Valencia, becoming the youngest premier-class king since the birth of the motorcycling World Championships in 1949. The remarkable rookie secured the title with a perfectly judged ride to third place behind team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) and race winner and outgoing champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

Marquez – aged 20 years and 266 days – comfortably beat the previous youngest champion record, held by Honda’s first premier-class king Freddie Spencer, who was 21 years and 258 days old when he won the title at Imola, Italy, on 4 September 1983. Marquez is Honda’s 16th World Champion in the elite 500cc/MotoGP categories.

Following his six race victories earlier in the year – another record for a rookie – Marquez arrived at Valencia 13 points in front of Lorenzo. Thus Marquez knew that if Lorenzo won today’s race, he ‘only’ needed to finish fourth to make sure of his place in history. But the season finale – watched by a raucous capacity crowd at the stadium-style Valencia venue – was anything but straightforward.

Marquez didn’t get the best of starts from pole position – his ninth pole from 18 races – and finished the first lap in third place behind leader Lorenzo and Pedrosa, the winner here in 2007, 2009 and 2012. Pedrosa attacked Lorenzo repeatedly, often getting ahead, only for Lorenzo to come right back at him, including one move at Turn Two that brought the pair into collision and came under investigation from Race Control.

Lorenzo’s tactics were simple: by chopping back and forth with Pedrosa he hoped to slow the leading pace and bring as many riders as possible into the lead group. He would then let fate play its hand and hope that other riders might relegate Marquez to fifth place or lower. However, the strategy failed. The second group of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Alvaro Bautista (Honda) wasn’t quite quick enough to join the fight at the front.

Dano Pedrosa had a major scrap with Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo’s collision with Pedrosa at Turn Two at one-third distance allowed Marquez to sweep into the lead, but with no need for him to take risks, it wasn’t long before Lorenzo was back in front. Pedrosa was less lucky when Lorenzo slammed into him – he ran off the track and had Bautista and Rossi come by.

By half-distance Marquez seemed safe – he was running a comfortable second – but then Pedrosa passed Rossi and Bautista and set off after his team-mate. Marquez, who was executing some glorious high-speed slides through the fast Turn 13, did the sensible thing on lap 26 and let Pedrosa past into second place.

And that’s the way it finished: Lorenzo, Pedrosa and then Marquez, who crossed the line in ecstasy before stopping on the slowdown lap and hurling his gloves into the tumultuous crowd. After 18 races – his first 18 races in the class – he had beaten twice MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo by four points.

Unlike the top three, Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) chose the softer rear tyre and was able to run just behind the leaders while Lorenzo tried to slow the pace. But the Spaniard wasn’t keen to get involved in the three-way battle up front because he wanted to give fellow Honda riders Pedrosa and Marquez a clean run up front. Finally he finished fifth, four seconds behind Rossi.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) spent much of the race alone, gaining one position when Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) crashed out in front of him and eventually crossing the line in sixth place, almost ten seconds down on Bautista.

Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had another difficult run in his final MotoGP outing, coming home in 19th position.

Moto2
Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) won his third victory of the year in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, inheriting and never relinquishing the lead after runaway early leader and recently crowned World Champion Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) crashed out of the lead on the eighth of 37 laps.

For a while, Terol had Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) on his tail, but gradually he pulled away to establish a comfortable advantage and cross the finish line four seconds ahead of Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter), who is still getting around the paddock on crutches, following a big spill in Japan two weeks ago.

Torres passed Corsi with six laps to go and worked hard to gain a gap on the Italian who then came under pressure from Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter). The Italian and the Frenchman were neck and neck, Zarco getting a better drive out of the final turn to pass the checkered flag alongside Corsi. At first the timing screens had Corsi down as the final podium finisher, but moments later the final results had Zarco third by just one thousandth of a second.

Behind the top four, the mid-pack Moto2 battle was typically intense, with Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) breaking clear of the multitude to claim fifth. The next three finishers Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up), Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) and Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team Speed Up) were separated by less than two seconds.

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), who had led the World Championship until he crashed and broke a wrist in Australia three weeks ago, struggled to 15th. Espargaro remounted after his tumble and finished 29th.

Moto3
Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) had a stunning ride to sixth place in the title-deciding Moto3 race, despite having to start the race from pit lane after his bike refused to fire for the warm-up lap.

The Frenchman was dead last at the end of the first lap but he kept his head and charged through the pack, even though this track is notoriously difficult for overtaking. By half-distance he had already climbed to 11th, but the closer you get to the front, the harder it is to pass.

The last man he overtook was Spaniard Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda), who crossed the line seventh, a fraction of a second behind Masbou, in the midst of a seven-rider gang disputing positions.

Honda’s other big star of the race was Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) who was running fifth in the leading group – headed by title-fighters Maverick Vinales, Alex Rins and Luis Salom – until he tumbled out in the closing stages. Nonetheless he remains seventh overall in the World Championship final standings, just ahead of Masbou.

The title was won by Maverick Vinales, who got the better of Rins at the very final corner. Salom had fallen earlier, remounting to finish 14th.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) ended the season in 11th place, less than two tenths outside the top ten. The last Honda rider in the points was Matteo Ferrari (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) in 15th position.

MotoGP – Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 3rd  Place

Marc Marquez

“I am still in a dream – I can’t yet realise what I did today! Maybe this all happened too early because we didn’t expect the title in my first year. I have to say thanks to Honda, the team, my family and everyone who has helped me to enjoy this moment. The race result was what I predicted yesterday: Jorge, Dani, me. The first ten laps I was a little nervous and stiff on the bike. Inside something was telling me I needed to fight, but I had to be clever and think about the championship and not the race. It was the longest race of my career, especially the last lap when I was very careful and didn’t push at all. In normal circumstances I would have been ready to fight with Jorge and Dani, but maybe if I pushed more I would have crashed. I’m so proud with what we have done this season. The first races I had a lot of moments, but by the second half of the championship I had a learned a lot and was cleverer. The big thing was that Honda helped me so much.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
 – Round 18: Valencia

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)

5

Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)

6

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

7

Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

8

Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)

9

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)

10

Michele PIRRO (Ducati Test Team)

11

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

12

Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)

13

Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

14

Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)

15

Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)

2

Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)

3

Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)

4

Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)

5

Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)

6

Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

7

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)

8

Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)

9

Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)

10

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

11

Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)

12

Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)

13

Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)

14

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

15

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)

2

Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)

3

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

4

Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)

6

Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)

7

Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

8

Ana CARRASCO (Team Calvo)

9

Philipp OETTL (Interwetten Moto3 Racing)

10

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)

11

Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)

12

Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)

13

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

14

Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

15

Matteo FERRARI (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

 

 

 

 

HONDA PARTNERSHIPS

NSRI giving advice on Rip Currents

Rip currents seen from the air

As we near the holiday season now is the time to familiarise yourself with the biggest danger on our beaches – rip currents. Rip currents claim the lives of many people each year. Featured here is a description of how to spot them and what to do when caught in one. Take a few minutes to read this. It may save a life.

This picture, taken at Plettenberg Bay, shows very clearly what rip currents look like. The water flows in towards the beach over shallow water or sandbanks (The water is a lighter colour and waves break evenly over these areas) and to get back out to sea it often forms a rip – or “river” of water – between two sand banks (waves seldom break in a rip and the water is darker green because it is deeper).

What is a rip current? Rips are able to develop anywhere there are breaking waves, these “rivers” of current produced by water draining from the beach and back out to sea happen all the time.

Often rips move slow enough to barely be detected. But given the right circumstances of waves and beach profile, they can develop into currents moving at speeds of up to 2 meters per second – faster than any of us can swim. Ranging in size from just a few feet to hundreds of yards, their pull can be to just outside the breaking waves to over two hundred meters from shore.

How to spot a rip current: As with all risks, avoiding rips altogether is safest. Though not always visually detectable – stronger rip currents can give off some telltale signs.

  • Water through a surf zone that is a different colour than the surrounding water
  • A break in the incoming pattern of waves
  • Seaweed or debris moving out through the surf zone
  • Isolated turbulent and choppy water in the surf zone

Often, the best resource to help you avoid rip currents – not surprisingly – are the lifesavers. Swim only where lifesavers are on duty, and if they are not on duty do not go deeper than your knee.

If avoidance fails: If you are caught in a rip current the primary thing to so is to stay calm and relax. You are not going to win a fight with the ocean. Swim slowly and conservatively parallel to the shoreline or relax and let it carry you out past the breakers until it slacks.

Contrary to myth – rip currents are not “undertow’ which is a misleading term. They will not pull you under the water. So long as you can tread water or float you will be safe until you can escape the flow and head back to the beach. When you head back in, do so at an angle to the shoreline. Again, maintain a slow and relaxed pace until you reach the shore or assistance arrives. If you are swimming at a beach where lifesavers are on duty ─ and you should be ─ they will most likely have seen you and will be on their way out to help (or be watching carefully).
Other tips:

  • Talk to the lifesavers about local hazards before getting in the water.
  • (Experienced) surfers go out when it’s rough because it’s fun and they are tethered to huge boards that float. If you’re not VERY comfortable in rough water over your head – stay out of rough water totally.  You’re not ready.
  • NEVER swim alone.
  • There is nothing wrong with making your young children wear approved life jackets to play in the surf. That doesn’t mean you can leave them alone – but it will make them safer.
  • Swim only on beaches where lifesavers are on duty. That has been said twice for a reason.

You can watch the NSRI rip current video here: http://vimeo.com/47435717

BOAT REVIEWS

Chaparral 244 Xtreme: 
Making Waves in a Big Way (courtesy of BoatTEST.com)

Chaparral 224 Xtreme

Who would have thought that a company known for making luxury sportboats and small cruisers could ever have a chance in the ski/wakeboard market? But that’s exactly what happened when Chaparral came out with its Xtreme line-up. The 244 Xtreme has both a deep-V bottom and ballast bags which together can make a huge wake.  Then, there is Xtreme’s striking styling.  Make no mistake about it, Chaparral is not just kidding with its intention of competing in this highly specialized market.

Chaparral 224 Xtreme

To read the whole review on the Chaparral 244 Xtreme click on the link: http://www.boattest.com/boats/boat_video.aspx?ID=2718

Luxury all around on the Chaparral 224 Xtreme

BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

Safety Tips when boating with children

Boating with children can only be but fun, just follow some basic safety rules...

Peak season boating is about enjoying precious leisure time with family and friends on the water, particularly with your children. Sometimes though the water can be busy and dangerous, so from the outset it’s imperative to fully involve all children in the overall boating experience.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)/ Life Jackets: Put them on the children before they even get on the boat, and take them off only when they’re back on land. To motivate them to wear life jackets, take them to your nearest Honda Marine dealer and let them choose one which is to their liking. Another major motivator for them to wear life jackets is if all the adults wear life jackets at all times when on the boat as well.

Let the children choose a PDF that they'll wear and that's obviously SAMSA approved

Sunblock and Hat: Never underestimate the power of the sun and the reflecting UV rays when you’re on the water, even when it’s cloudy. Ensure that all children have hats to wear and that all exposed skin is covered with a layer of sunblock. Whatever the sunblock bottle proudly states, be sure to re-apply once the children return to the boat having ventured into the water.

Store Everything: Once on board make sure that all gear is safely stored away, so that the children can’t tread on loose items, particularly fishing hooks, or trip over ropes and bags. Often a sharp gust of wind can throw items up into the air that could potentially strike a child, so secure and pack away everything.

Skipper Briefing: It’s important that the Skipper, generally Mum or Dad, give a short briefing to the children. This will clearly establish the chain of command in that they must follow her or his instructions at all times, that they must stay seated the whole time that the boat is moving, and that they must stay in their allocated seat and not sit anywhere else on the boat when underway. How many times have you seen a gaggle of kids sitting on the bow of a boat with their feet hanging over the front, sometimes playing in the spray. One slip and the consequences can be very tragic. At all times, even when properly seated it’s always ‘one hand for themselves, one for the boat’.

Always 'One Hand for the boat'

Involve the children with the trip: On each trip make one of the children your No.2, giving him or her responsibilities to watch over the other children. Explain to everyone where you’re heading and if you have a depth finder and/ or GPS, get one of them to keep the others informed of what’s happening.

Have a 'Watcher' and make sure all are working to the given 'Hand Signals'

Watersports: Whenever the kids are waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing, you must appoint someone to be the ‘watcher’ for those on or in the water, preferably an adult who in turn will also liaise with the skipper on what is needed. What’s more all those in the water should be taught basic hand signals from ‘Go’, ‘Go Slower’, ‘Go Quicker’, and ‘Stop’, otherwise communications will be ambiguous.

Following these basic safety tips will ensure that you and your family spend many happy and fun-filled hours on the water. All at Honda Marine wish everyone a safe boating season.

 

PRODUCT NEWS

Phenomenal mid-range outboard engine options from Honda Marine

Honda BF90HP in action

With the imminent arrival of the all-new Honda BF80 and BF100HP outboard engines to supplement the current and extremely popular BF75 and BF90 models, Honda Marine will be able to offer a comprehensive line-up of mid-range outboards, suitable for each and every customer’s specific application need.

All four of these mid-range outboards will afford boaters the fuel efficiency and quiet operation of Honda’s legendary technology combined with the lightweight and explosive acceleration traditionally associated with two-stroke outboards. These 1.5-litre, in-line 4-cylinder engines boast Honda’s exclusive Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC™ – BF90/ BF100), Lean Burn Control, and Three Way Cooling.

Honda BF75/90 with the cover off

BLAST Off
Ideal for smaller speedboats, centre consoles, inflatables, pontoons and skiffs, these mid-range outboards  redefine four-stroke performance all equipped with the patented BLAST system.

Holeshot and acceleration are dramatically improved by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during “hammer down” acceleration. The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong holeshot to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The all-new Honda BF100 in action

Further contributing to all these engines’ outstanding fuel efficiency is Honda’s exclusive Lean Burn Control, which pairs the ECU with an oxygen (O2) sensor to adjust the air/fuel mixture according to speed and load, maximizing efficiency in “cruise mode.”

Derived from racing and first appearing on the Acura NSX sports car, VTEC™ (BF90/ BF100) utilizes mild cam lobes to operate the intake valves at low rpm, and then engages a high-output lobe for high-rpm operation. The resulting boost in available power provides outstanding mid-range acceleration.

Further contributing to the explosive performance is Honda’s high-performance gear case. A longer anti-ventilation plate helps trap water flowing to the propeller to minimize porpoising, while a streamlined front and longer bullet reduce drag for enhanced acceleration and fuel efficiency. A front splash plate reduces spray from the hull bottom, maintaining a dry deck above, and a 2.33:1 gear ratio affords the use of 13- to 14-inch diameter propellers for heavier loads.

The all-new Honda BF100HP outboard

The engines’ best-in-class 44-amp alternator (35 amps of battery charging), ignition, and other critical electrical components are mounted near the top of the powerhead to ensure that all are kept cool and dry.

High Performance in a Durable Package
To ensure long term durability, Honda engineers designed the first individually-controlled cylinder cooling system for outboard engines – Three Way Cooling. The system reduces engine heat by allowing the cylinder head to run slightly cooler than the cylinder block, greatly reducing engine wear.

A Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design uses dual intake valves to deliver the optimal air/fuel mixture for maximum torque and combustion efficiency. In addition, a Multi-Port, Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI) accurately controls ignition timing during start-up to provide instant throttle response and outstanding fuel efficiency.

Honda BF90HP in action

Top-mounted electronics are a standard feature on both engines. The alternator, ignition, and other critical components are mounted near the top of the powerhead to ensure that all are kept cool and dry. By extension, a camshaft-driven, automotive-style oil pump promotes long-term durability of critical engine components.

These engines all boast an Engine Alert System that uses audio and visual cues, as well as rpm reduction circuits to alert the operator of conditions which can contribute to engine damage, such as overheating, low oil pressure, and over-revving. A freshwater flushport functions to flush debris and salt water out of the engine, while Honda’s patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System features a double-sealed, multi-layered paint process – both features extend the life of the outboards in harsh marine environments.

 

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF75

ENGINE
TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 1,496cc (91.3 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 73 x 89.4 mm (2.87 x 3.52)
FULL THROTTLE HP RANGE 4,500 – 5,500 RPM
HP RATING AT PROPSHAFT 75HP @ 5,500RPM
VALVE TRAIN SOHC
VALVES PER CYLINDER 4
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
STARTING SYSTEM Electric
LUBRICATION Wet Sump
COOLING SYSTEM Water Cooled
ALTERNATOR 44 Amp (546 watts)
BATTERY CHARGING POWER 35 Amp (433 watts)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°
TILT RANGE 68°
 DRIVE
GEAR RATIO 2.33:1
GEAR SHIFT F-N-R
PROPELLER Optional
DIMENSIONS
TRANSOM HEIGHT(S) (L) 508 mm / 20 in
DRY WEIGHT (TILLER) (L) 171 kg / 377 lbs
DRY WEIGHT (REMOTE) (L) 165 kg / 364 lbs 


Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF90

ENGINE
TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 1,496cc (91.3 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 73 x 89.4 mm (2.87 x 3.52)
FULL THROTTLE HP RANGE 5,300 – 6,300 RPM
HP RATING AT PROPSHAFT 90HP @ 5,500RPM
VALVE TRAIN SOHC
VALVES PER CYLINDER 4
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
STARTING SYSTEM Electric
LUBRICATION Wet Sump
COOLING SYSTEM Water Cooled
ALTERNATOR 44 Amp (546 watts)
BATTERY CHARGING POWER 35 Amp (433 watts)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°
TILT RANGE 68°
 DRIVE
GEAR RATIO 2.33:1
GEAR SHIFT F-N-R
PROPELLER Optional
DIMENSIONS
TRANSOM HEIGHT(S) (L) 508 mm / 20 in
(X) 635 mm / 25 in
DRY WEIGHT (L) 166 kg / 366 lbs
(X) 172 lbs / 380 lbs

 

Technical Specifications – Honda BF80 & BF100 outboard engines:

The all-new Honda BF80HP

Specification BF80 BF100
Engine Type OHC-4 cylinders, 16 valve OHC-4 cylinders, VTEC™ 16 valve
Displacement 1496 1496
Bore x Stroke (mm) 73 x 89.4 73 x 89.4
Full Throttle RPM range 5000 – 6000 5500 – 6300
Rated Power [kW (PS)] [58.8 (80)] [73.6 (100)]
Cooling System Water cooled (with thermostat) Water cooled (with thermostat)
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection)
Ignition System Electronic PGM-IG Electronic PGM-IG
Starting System Electric Start Electric Start
Exhaust System Propeller Boss Propeller Boss
Gear Ratio 2.33 2.33
Alternator Output 44 amps 44 amps
Battery Charging Capacity 35 amps 35 amps
NMEA 2000® compliant Yes Yes
Transom Height (mm) L:537 / X:664 L:537 / X:664
Dry Weight (inc. propeller) L:165 / X:171 L:165 / 172
Engine Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt
Overall L/W/H 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X) 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X)

 

 

 

Twin Honda BF115HP powered Ocean Pro 240 makes strong impression at the Billfish 15000

Ocean Pro 240 ready for battle

Ian Hurlimann, owner of Fairide Marine and manufacturer of a number of exclusive boats for Honda Marine, put his latest creation, the Ocean Pro 240 through its paces at Sodwana in the extremely demanding Billfish 15000. By all accounts this new boat impressed all aboard in terms of its good sea handling in various conditions, together with its overall performance and fuel efficiency.

Skippering the Ocean Pro 240 at the Billfish was both Ian himself together with Craig Wilson, dealer principal at Honda Marine Durban. As Craig said, “All crew were impressed, we averaged between four to six 25 litre tanks per day whereas the 2-stroke powered boats were using twice as much fuel. Beach landings through the surf presented no problems, nor did the ride in the following sea where there was a surplus of unused power waiting and ready should the need arise.”

Ocean Pro 240

“What also really impressed was that the boat was carrying a lot of extra weight in the form of five crew members, ten 25 litre fuel tanks as well as all of our fishing tackle, yet this didn’t bother the twin Honda BF115’s at all. All in all it was an awesome experience and the Ocean Pro 240 passed this tough induction with flying colours,” concluded Craig.