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Honda BF30HP: Superior Performance in a Compact Package
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Honda Marine’s BF30 combines Honda’s world-renowned reliability with responsive performance in a lightweight, compact package. Its extraordinarily smooth, stable, and quiet operation affords boaters maximum time on the water – whether trolling in the shallows or motoring across the open water.

The BF30HP incorporates a number of innovative features, including: Auto Start Enrichment; Centre-Mount Tiller option; PGM Ignition; 3-to-3 Induction; 4-Front Corrosion Protection; Engine Alert System; and Gas Assist Tilt for running in shallow water. And at just 159 pounds/ …..kgs, the BF30 is the lightest engine in its class.

Compact Engine/ World-Class Features: The BF30 offer a host of features designed for outstanding fuel efficiency and durability. The lightweight engine’s microprocessor-controlled Auto-Start Enrichment System allows it to be started with the simple turn of a key while automatically adjusting the air/fuel mixture for quick and easy starts. Similarly, PGM ignition employs microprocessor technology to accurately control ignition timing during start-up and across the entire rpm range, providing optimum overall operation.

The BF30’s lightweight 3-cylinder engine utilizes a 3-to-3 Induction System, employing one carburetor per cylinder for instant throttle response and increased fuel efficiency. The design is considerably more responsive than throttle bodies with long intake runners.

An innovative Engine Alert System uses audio and visual cues, as well as rpm reduction circuits to alert the operator of any issues, while throttle friction control, power tilt/trim control and engine alert indicators are located at the operator’s fingertips for quick, comfortable adjustment at a glance. A generous -4- to +12-degree trim angle provides maximum performance and handling, and the BF30’s patented, Non-Linear Mounting System incorporates rubber mounts for reduced vibration and smooth operation at all engine speeds.

For long-term durability, Honda’s patented, multi-layer 4-Front Corrosion Protection paint System fights off corrosion from harsh marine environments. The base is a corrosion-resistant Honda aluminum alloy followed by a double-sealed treatment, an epoxy primer undercoat, and an acrylic resin metallic coating topped off with a clear overcoat of acrylic.

The BF30 is available with a 20-inch shaft. 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, now with models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower.

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF30

ENGINE
TYPE Four-Stroke OHC Twin Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 552 cc (33.7 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 61 x 63 mm (2.4 x 2.5 in)
FULL THROTTLE HP RANGE 5,000 – 6,500 RPM
HP RATING AT PROPSHAFT 30HP @ 6,000 RPM
INDUCTION SCAVENGING SOHC
VALVES PER CYLINDER 2
FUEL DELIVERY 3 Venturi
IGNITION SYSTEM Programmed Ignition System
STARTING SYSTEM Manual/Electric
LUBRICATION Wet Sump
COOLING SYSTEM Water Cooled
ALTERNATOR Electric – 10 amp (126 watt)
Manual – 4 amp (50 watt)
TRIM RANGE (MANUAL TILLER) 5 Stage: 4°, 8°, 12°, 16°, 20°
TRIM RANGE (TILLER/REMOTE) 4 Stage: 8°, 12°, 16°, 20°
TILT RANGE 67° / -4° – +64°
DRIVE
GEAR RATIO 2.08:1
GEAR SHIFT F-N-R
PROPELLER 3-Blade Aluminum (9 ¼ x 12)
DIMENSIONS
TRANSOM HEIGHT(S) (S) 381 mm/15 in
(L) 508 mm/20 in
DRY WEIGHT (REMOTE) (S) 72 kg / 160 lbs
(L) 79 kg / 174 lbs
DRY WEIGHT (REMOTE) (S) 58 kg / 128 lbs
(L) 60 kg / 131 lbs

HONDA RACING NEWS

McLaren Honda Test Car Makes its First Run in Abu Dhabi

McLaren Honda interim test car MP4-29H:1X1

McLaren Honda interim test car MP4-29H:1X1

On November 25, 2014, the McLaren Honda interim test car MP4-29H/1X1 made its debut run during the FIA official testing session at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. This test is intended to perform all systems checks, as well as installing IT infrastructure and connections for all the Formula 1 teams. From a McLaren Honda perspective, the purpose of this test is to enable the engineers to deepen their knowledge of the McLaren and Honda collaboration. Although the new Honda engine hasn’t run at full power yet, first impessions are that it sounds fantastic.

Click here to view a Honda Formula 1 engine sound comparison video (V12-V10-V8-and the all-new 2015 V6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EctHizz_yN

Comments by Yasuhisa Arai, Senior Managing Officer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Chief Officer of Motorsport:

“This week’s test is really all about performing some fundamental systems checks on the engine before we begin testing in earnest next February. When I was at Jerez earlier this year, I noticed just how many issues the teams faced in readying these engines, so we really wanted to get those initial checks under our belts before winter testing starts in 2015. The engine we used today is still under development – it’s not for the actual race – and we’re on schedule to develop it further ahead of the forthcoming season. There are a few more steps coming before Australia. We’re making good progress for the new season as one team.”

Comments by Eric Boullier, McLaren’s Racing Director:

“Running a modern Formula 1 car is a very complicated procedure – and this week’s test is all about how the departments at Sakura, Milton Keynes and Woking learn to integrate with the operational hub at the circuit. This test is an opportunity for us to build up that operational strength; to get McLaren and Honda working together under the same roof. We encountered a number of issues, including a lengthy check of electrical installations this morning, but it’s satisfying to see that we got the engine fired up, the car out of the garage, and some laps on the board.”

Comments by Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren’s test and development driver:

“Firstly, I want to say that wearing Honda’s famous ‘H’ logo on the chest of my overalls and team kit makes me feel extremely proud. We’d hoped to get a few more laps under our belts today. But the team are already analyzing the situation and we’ll hopefully cure it ahead of tomorrow. The purpose of this test is to enable the engineers to deepen their knowledge of the McLaren and Honda collaboration. This is their first time working together at the track, and – operationally – it’s all a bit different. We’re still building up the power – we haven’t run the engine at full power yet – so it’s difficult to get a feeling for it, but it sounds absolutely fantastic!”

HONDA RACING NEWS

Guintoli: “It would be great to race the Fireblade back to championship glory”

Sylvain Guintoli in action on the Fireblade

Sylvain Guintoli in action on the Fireblade

Reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli got a first taste of Pata Honda’s CBR1000 Fireblade SP recently at Jerez as he is getting ready to defend his title in the 2015 edition of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. The experienced French rider managed to complete only a handful of laps in the dry due to the lack of favourable weather but already had good words about Honda’s superbike machine, especially in wet conditions.

“The bike is really sweet and easy to ride” said Guintoli. “I didn’t get many laps in the dry so it’s difficult to tell how the bike behaves in these conditions but in the wet I felt home straight away. It feels very different because the engine is very different and so is the bike. I have to get used to it and understand how it works but now it’s a little bit too early to say.”

Guintoli knows how important is for Honda to win back the championship and he would like to be the one able to do so: “Honda has last won the World SBK title in 2007 so it would be great to bring the bike back to championship victory. I think the new technical regulations are going to further level off the performances between the bikes taking racing in the series and hopefully this will help providing the fans with even closer racing.”

Guintoli has reached a long awaited World Superbike title after many years spent in motorcycle racing at world level. The Frenchman thinks he has never been that confident, strong and focused before: “I believe there’s a time for everything. When I started racing at international level I never had the best bike or the complete package to be able to challenge for the title or even to win races. I also think that maybe I wasn’t ready, I was a little bit too wild when I was younger. I wasn’t very compatible with professional racing. I don’t regret it because I always lived like that and enjoyed myself but now it’s the time when I really like being professional and make sacrifices to be faster on the Sunday. This is what makes me happy now. I think I was lucky then to keep going and right now I feel like I’m riding at my best.”

HONDA RACING NEWS

Team HRC gearing up for the 2015 Dakar Rally
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Team HRC (Honda works motorcycle rally team) is well prepared for their third consecutive participation in the Dakar Rally. Dakar 2014 Team HRC riders Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, 35), Joan Barreda (Spain, 31) and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 35) will be joined by Jeremias Israel (Chile, 33) and Laia Sanz (Spain, 28), and all will be riding the new rally-race model CRF450 RALLY.

The Dakar Rally is considered to be one of the world’s most grueling off-road motorcycle races. The 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally is set to start on January 4, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Spanning two weeks and 9,000 km across Argentina, Bolivia and Chilean territories, covering all kinds of terrain, the Dakar Rally 2015 will be concluded on January 17 back in the Argentinian capital.

The five Team HRC riders have been hard at work preparing for the Dakar Rally 2015, through participation in other races in the lead-up to the event.

Helder Rodrigues, Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves have participated in several rounds of the 2014 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Current World Champion Paulo Goncalves has won Round 1 of this year’s championship, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, and Joan Barreda has won the Sealine Cross-country Rally in Qatar. Moreover, Jeremias Israel is well considered one of the top-class Chilean riders, and Laia “Super Woman” Sanz finished as the best female rider and 16th overall in the Dakar Rally 2014.

Team HRC will participate in the Dakar Rally 2015 under the continued leadership of General Manager Martino Bianchi and Team Director Katsumi Yamazaki, and will be joined by Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer, well-experienced in successfully managing racing teams. Honda, after 24 years, has been participating as a works team since 2013, and aims to win the championship.