Honda’s 2014 WTCC Civic takes shape

The stunning 2014 WTCC Honda Civic

Honda has released the first visual of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship challenger reflecting the all-new technical regulations for the FIA WTCC which will come into force for 2014.

The Honda Civic WTCC render shows the subtle style of the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, sleeker aero package and extended rear spoiler. Add all this to increased engine power and the 2014 Honda WTCC racer is clearly ambitious to retain Honda’s Manufacturers World Championship crown and enable the drivers to challenge for the World Champion title.

Two works cars will be run by JAS Motorsport for Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro with further Civics to be entered by private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively.



DAKAR RALLY – Rapid Progress for Year Two of the Return
TEAM HRC will enter the Dakar Rally 2014 (January 04-18 2014) which takes place in Chile and Argentina with five riders, namely Rodrigues and Pizzolito will both return from 2013 to be joined by Sam Sunderland (U.K.), Joan Barreda (Spain) and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal). The experience from the previous Dakar bodes well for even better results in 2014.

To view the Honda CRF450 Dakar Rally Video go to:



Honda to race with the Civic Tourer in 2014

BTCC Honda Civic Tourer

The Honda Racing Team will enter an all-new model in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season, confirming recently that they will compete with the Honda Civic Tourer (estate) model built to the Championship’s Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) regulations, marking the first time an estate model car has competed in the Championship in 20 years.

2013 teams’ and manufacturers’ champions Team Dynamics will design and build the new cars which will be run by the works outfit next year. It will be the fifth year that the Worcestershire-based Team Dynamics operation have represented Honda as a manufacturer entry in the BTCC.

The cars will also compete with a new two-litre turbocharged engine built by long-time engine partners Neil Brown. The development of the Tourer model of the Civic will mean that there will be two different models of Civic on the grid next season, with Eurotech Racing continuing to run the hatchback model which was developed for the 2012 season, and has won the last two drivers’ titles for Gordon Shedden and Andrew Jordan.

The entry of the Civic Tourer also sees the return of as estate shape car in the BTCC for the first time since 1994, when Tom Walkinshaw Racing campaigned a pair of Volvo 850s for Jan Lammers and Rickard Rydell during the Super Touring era.

“2013 was an incredibly competitive season in the BTCC with the championship battle going right down to the wire,” said 2013 Championship runner-up and 2012 champion Gordon Shedden. “Of course it was disappointing not to retain the drivers title but we’re looking forward to what I’m sure will be a strong year for the team in 2014 – and more excitingly, with a new car. It might be a Tourer, but it’s still a Civic, the car that has won every championship in BTCC for the last three seasons. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of next season, and to seeing what the Tourer can do on race day.”

Shedden’s team-mate, three-time champion Matt Neal added: “We’re all confident that the car can continue the long-standing success of the Civic in the championship and very much looking forward to putting it through its paces. Although we’re racing a new model, the inherent advantages of the Civic hatchback from the past two years remain so there’s no reason why this car can’t be a winner straight out of the box! We’ll be testing the car early in the new year and I can’t wait to see it on track.”

Peter Crolla, Honda Racing Team’s manager said: “Racing with the Civic Tourer means no compromise over the Civic hatchback. The weight, wheelbase, layout and suspension remain the same, but naturally, the length of the car is extended due to the larger tailgate. After two competitive seasons in the BTCC with the hatchback, it will be an interesting challenge to ensure the Tourer keeps Matt, Flash and the team at the head of the championships throughout next season. We’ve worked hard over the past few months to develop the first car which will be completed as we head towards the new year, with the first run scheduled for early January.”


Safety tips from Sea Rescue to help keep you stay out of trouble this holiday:

Make sure your life jacket is securely tied...

Watch the weather forecast carefully and be prepared for the worst if weather conditions change adversely, or if you unexpectedly find yourself in an emergency situation. Always let a responsible person know the route that you plan on taking and your estimated return time. Make sure that you stick to these times and routes. Ensure that this person has the correct emergency number and will call Sea Rescue if you do not return as scheduled.

Check that your craft and equipment are in good working order. Make sure your craft and trailer has your name and a land-based contact number for somebody who knows where you have gone stencilled on it. Work out how to use your emergency equipment before you need it in an emergency.

Keep your cell-phone, with fully charged batteries, in a watertight plastic sleeve attached to your lifejacket. Not in a locker. Carry red distress flares, a signalling mirror or CD disc, a referee’s whistle, a waterproof torch and wear brightly coloured gear, a hat and sunscreen and keep well hydrated. Make sure that you have enough drinking water on your craft.

And very important : Wear a Lifejacket at all times. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to put one on once you are in the water.
Children should have responsible adult supervision near water at all times. Statistics released by the Medical Research Council show the greatest number of drowning accidents occur amongst children aged between 9 and 14. Always have someone responsible watching over your children while they are swimming.

Children should never be left alone near any water.

When planning a trip to the beach choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty and swim between their flags. If you do this you don’t need to worry about rip-currents, the lifeguards will do that, and if you get into difficulty they will come and help you.

Contrary to popular belief children do not thrash around and shout for help when they are drowning. They may be able to wave and shout for help when in distress, but drowning is silent.

A person who is trying to tread water, with their head tilted back … is a person in desparate need of help. They are quite possibly drowning.

If you go to a beach this holiday, remember to never ever turn your back on the sea. This is most important for anglers on rocks, and something that should be reinforced in children on holiday in an unfamiliar place.

When at the sea watch out for rip-currents. Rip currents are the greatest cause of drowning accidents along our coast. A rip current looks like rivers of water flowing fast out to sea against the incoming waves. If you are caught in a rip-current you’ll be swept out to sea faster than you’re able to swim towards the shore.

Don’t panic or try to swim against the current. As tough as this sounds, let the current take you out to sea. Raise one arm in the air and wave to alert people on the shore that you’re in trouble.

The rip-current’s force dissipates the further out to sea it gets. At the first chance you get … swim parallel to the beach until you’re free of the rip, then use the incoming waves to aid your progress to get back to shore.
If you are stung by a Bluebottle remove any tentacles that are stuck to the skin with tweezers or a gloved hand. Wash the skin with sea water and as soon as possible immerse the site of the sting in tolerably hot water. If hot water is not available apply ice packs but avoid direct contact with the skin by wrapping the ice pack in a towel. Do not apply vinegar or rub sand on the area. See a doctor who may provide further treatment if it is needed.

If you live near a river or a dam be careful of flooding. Never try and cross a river that it in flood. Go to a safe place or simply wait for the water level to drop. Diving into rivers and dams is dangerous and may leave you paralysed if you hit your head against a rock or the bottom.

Always walk into the water if you are a good swimmer to see how deep it is. If you are not a good swimmer and want to cool off in the shallows, use a stick to check that there is not a sudden drop off or hole that you may fall into.

If you see someone who needs help use a stick or rope to pull them out of the water … or throw them something that will help them to float like a two litre empty milk container, car tube, surfboard, soccer ball, or anything else that will float.

Always wear a life-jacket while fishing close to the shore’s edge, especially on cliffs or rocks. The inflatable type of life jacket will not get in your way and may well save your life if you are washed in.

Be aware of the high and low tides and never turn your back to the sea. Take extra precautions during the bi-monthly spring tides. Rocks that you know as always being out of the water may not be safe at these extra high tides.


Everyone living along the coast or visiting the coast should find out what their nearest Sea Rescue emergency telephone number is.

To find out what your nearest sea rescue emergency number is go to

A very important emergency phone number to store in your phone is 10177

10177 is the national emergency Ambulance and rescue contact number and should only be used to report an emergency. It can be called from a cell phone or landline.


Need for Speed  – Harrier 505 powered by a Honda BF90HP (courtesy of Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine)

Harrier 505 powered by a Honda BF90HP

Built by Austral Marine in KZN, the Harrier 505 is a blend of efficiency, ease of use, and fun. If you’re looking to get on the water without over-burdening the bank balance, the value for money and long term saving this package offers is certainly worth every penny.

To read the review click on the link:



Forever young Sportsman 400 and 335 (courtesy of Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine)

Linder 400 and 335

Built to get people on the water for less spend at the boat showroom, the Linder range of boats is just what the discerning buyer has been looking for. They’re cute and affordable, and at the end of the day, they’re pretty neat craft which offer a dramatically reduced cost of ownership.

To read the reviews click on the link below:



Preparing for quality leisure time on the water

Maximise upon your leisure time with some basic planning

Summer is here, so hopefully your Honda-powered boat has been prepped for another season of fun with family and friends. With your Honda outboard requiring a service every 100 hours or once a year, the easiest way forward would have been to have contacted your local Honda Marine dealer and to get them to do any required service work. Alternatively if the service schedule is up to date, then there are some simple checks that you yourself can quickly carry out to ensure that you enjoy hassle-free boating.

Electrical System
Hopefully you detached the cables from your battery to avoid the potential discharge that will occur if it stands unused for long periods of time, as the alternator can only keep the battery fully charged if the engine itself is running. Failure to have done so could lead to an ignominious silence as you attempt to restart, which if in front of a slowly gathering launch site crowd could knock the confidence…

Anyway re-attach the cables now and make sure that the terminals are not corroded. If they are, then wipe them clean with a wire brush or something similar. Check the water levels (distilled water) and top up if necessary, checking the volts and amps reading with a battery tester. Your battery may need to be put on charge briefly to ensure that it’ll run at its optimum level.

Fuel System
During non-usage times, it’s always best to leave your fuel tank as empty as possible. If you have left fuel in your tank, you firstly run the risk of condensation building up inside your tank leading to water getting into the fuel, and secondly if unleaded fuel sits for too long, sediment can form in the bottom of you tank which when you start up again can be sucked into the filters and consequently block the fuel flow.

All Honda outboards have a normal fuel filter, whilst from Honda 40hp and up to 225hp, all the outboards are equipped with an additional ‘water trap’ fuel filter which will automatically catch any water in your fuel system and set off an alarm, allowing you to check and empty the trap.

So when it comes to re-starting, once you’ve re-connected your battery, filled up with fresh unleaded petrol and primed your fuel system, keep an eye on this water trap filter, just to make sure that there’s been no condensation build-up during the winter lay-off period.

If your boat has been stored outside over the winter months, it’s advisable to take the distributor cap off and clean it out. Make sure that there is no corrosion on the connections.
Final Checks
Before launching it’s essential to do a final run-through. As a pilot would check out his aircraft before take off, you need to do the same with your boat. Check all fuel hoses and cables for wear, test all electrical equipment (trim/ VHF radio/ Bilge Pump if applicable), and make sure that all safety equipment is in place and up to date (fire extinguisher/ flares if applicable) etc.

So now you’re ready for action, just remember the kill switch (you must wear it) because without it she’s not going to start and make sure the drain plug is in.

Contact your local Honda Marine dealer should you require any assistance of any kind. Wishing everyone a safe season on the water.


Honda BF40 & BF50: Redefining Mid-Range Four-Stroke Performance

Honda BF50HP outboard

Honda Marine’s BF40 and BF50 horsepower (hp) outboard engines incorporate Electronic Fuel Injection as well as a host of Honda-exclusive technologies and consumer benefits. The models afford boaters the fuel efficiency and quiet operation of Honda’s legendary four-stroke outboard engine technology combined with lightweight and powerful acceleration.

Honda’s exclusive Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system and a new high-performance gear case combine for a strong holeshot, while Lean Burn Control provides maximum fuel efficiency at cruise. And at 97kgs, the engines are the lightest in their class.

Redefining Mid-Range Four-Stroke Performance – 
Ideal for pontoons, aluminum bass and walleye boats, small centre consoles, skiffs, and RIBS, Honda’s BF40 and BF50 EFI redefine four-stroke performance with the patented BLAST system.

Honda BF40HP

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 the plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and class-leading fuel efficiency. Further contributing to the pair’s exceptional performance is a lightweight Mikuni® Intake System, whose long intake tracks pair with BLAST technology for strong holeshots.

Performance while fishing, of course, is not limited to top-end speed; slow trolling is also essential. The redesigned BF40 and BF50 EFI recognize a fifteen percent improvement in this area, with the ability to troll at 800 rpm.

The BF40 and BF50 EFI also feature Honda’s all-new high-performance gear case. A longer anti-ventilation plate helps trap water flowing to the propeller to minimize porpoising, while a streamlined front and enlarged bullet reduce drag for enhanced acceleration and fuel efficiency. A front splash plate reduces spray from the hull bottom, helping to maintain a dry deck above.

Honda BF40HP

A Closer Look Under the Cowling
 – The in-line 3-cylinder BF40 and BF50 EFI feature a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design that delivers an optimal air/fuel mixture for maximum torque and combustion efficiency. In addition, a Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI) accurately controls ignition timing and fuel flow during start-up to provide instant throttle response regardless of weather conditions. The system also helps improve overall fuel efficiency by maintaining an optimal air/fuel mixture across the rpm range.

Further contributing to the 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.”

The engines’ best-in-class 22-amp alternator (17 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. By extension, a camshaft-driven, automotive-style oil pump ensures long-term durability of critical engine components. The BF40 and BF50 EFI also meet NMEA 2000 standards, providing users full compatibility with a host of electronic devices.

Honda BF50HP

The BF40 and BF50 EFI boast an Engine Alert System that uses visual, audio, and rpm reduction circuits to alert the operator of conditions that contribute to engine damage, such as overheating, low oil pressure, and over-revving. Tiller models feature a new 4-lamp warning system built into the tiller handle, while remote control models deliver alerts via messages through Honda’s multi-function digital gauges or a special indicator built into the unit’s control box.

Honda BF50HP

Both engines feature Honda’s exclusive double-sealed and multi-layered Four-Front Corrosion Protection (paint) System, as well as several other features designed to minimize damage caused by the harsh marine environment. A unique one-touch anode check system and improved waterproofing inside the engine cover and gear case are just a few of the innovative features Honda has added to ensure the motors’ long-term durability.

In addition to improved fuel efficiency and performance characteristics, the BF40 and BF50 EFI also incorporate a number of features designed to facilitate maintenance. An automotive-type oil filter and color-coded oil fill and dipstick simplify fluid level checks and changes. Additionally, both are compatible with Honda’s HDS portable diagnostic system to facilitate on-water service.
The BF50 EFI is available in 521 and 622mm shaft models, while the BF40 EFI is offered in a 521mm shaft length. All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 3-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Honda Marine pioneered four-stroke engine technology, setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. 



Honda Marine BF60HP outboard giving performance and efficiency

Honda BF60HP

Ideal for smaller speed boats, RIBS, pontoons, aluminum bass boats, small centre consoles and skiffs, Honda Marine’s impressive BF60 offers a host of Honda-exclusive technologies and consumer benefits. The all-new BF60 EFI redefines four-stroke performance thanks to a full complement of performance and efficiency-oriented technologies.

Performance – The engine’s high-performance gear case and 2.07:1 gear ratio, coupled with Honda’s revolutionary Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system, create a strong holeshot and competitive top-end speed. Additionally, trolling speeds adjustable to 750 RPM make the BF60 ideal for fishing. The BF60 is also available in a special Power Thrust configuration, which offers a unique Power Thrust gear case with a 2.33:1 gear ratio for increased thrust under heavier loads – perfect for pontoon applications. Power Thrust also optimizes the BF60’s 50-degree steering angle by providing additional thrust in close quarters for an astonishingly tight turning radius.

Economy – 
Delivering fuel to the BF60’s inline 3-cylinder, 998 cc engine is a Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system. Mated to a dynamic engine control module (ECM), EFI delivers easy starting and top fuel economy in a lightweight package.

Efficiency – 
Honda’s exclusive Lean Burn Control system automatically adjusts the air/fuel mix according to speed and load, delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency in “cruise mode” from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. The engine also realizes exceptional fuel efficiency at low rpm, and operates as low as 750 rpm for slow trolling.

 – The engine’s best-in-class 22-amp alternator (17 amps charging), ignition, and other critical components are mounted near the top of the powerhead to ensure that all are kept cool and dry.

Honda BF60HP

In addition to Honda’s exclusive, double-sealed and multi-layered Four-Front Corrosion Protection (paint) System, the BF60 EFI offers several other features designed to prevent damage caused by the harsh marine environment. A unique one-touch anode check system and improved waterproofing inside the engine cover and gear case are just a few of the innovative features Honda has added to promote the motor’s long-term durability. Forward-mounted water pickups enhance the engine’s cooling characteristics, while large sacrificial anodes have been added to the gear case to further deter corrosion. Finally, a freshwater flush port serves to remove salt water and debris from the engine after use, greatly improving the engine’s long-term durability.

Ease of Maintenance – 
In addition to exceptional fuel efficiency and performance characteristics, the BF60 EFI also incorporates a number of features designed to facilitate maintenance. An automotive-type oil filter and color-coded oil fill and dipstick simplify fluid level checks and changes. Additionally, the BF60 is compatible with Honda’s HDS portable diagnostic system to facilitate on-water service.

Honda BF60HP

BF60 EFI at a Glance

Best-In-Class Features

  • Best-in-class holeshot and top-end performance
  • Best-in-class fuel economy
  • High-performance gear case with low 2.07:1 gear ratio
  • Superior battery charging capacity
  • True 3-year, factory-backed, non-declining limited warranty

Honda-Exclusive Technologies

  • One-touch adjustable trolling speed (750 – 1,000 RPM)
  • Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system
  • Lean Burn Control with oxygen (O2) sensor
  • Rudder Angle Indicator
  • High-performance gear case design
  • 22-amp alternator with 17-amp charging capacity (Standard)
  • 27-amp alternator with 22-amp charging capacity (Power Thrust)
  • Best-in-class battery charging capacity
  • Tilt Limit Mechanism
  • 50-degree right-and-left steering angle (Power Thrust models)
  • Power Thrust model with 2.33:1 gear ratio
  • Patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System

Ease Of Use

  • Multi-Port Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Multiple cowl latch points for watertight seal and superior protection
  • Color-coded oil fill and dipstick
  • Trolls to 750 rpm
  • New adjustable-angle tiller handle
  • Complies with NMEA 2000 standards
  • Freshwater flush port
  • Rudder Angle Indicator
  • Reversible throttle control (tiller models)
  • Stainless steel components
  • Engine alert system
  • 3-step angle adjustable tiller handle (7°, 13°, 21°)
  • Top-mounted oil fill
  • Automotive-type oil filter
  • Engine command system