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With such delicious body lines as these, the HSC already looks
the part of a supercar.
| Honda HSC
All-aluminum frame. Aluminum and carbon-fiber body panels. Sleek
Midmounted V6 engine. What does this call to mind? Acura NSX,
Introduced 14 years ago, the NSX is one of the few Hondas that
doesn't adhere to the company's practice of redesigning its
cars every four to five years - it's still basically the same
car it was back in 1991. Though still exhilarating to drive
by any reasonable standards, this $90,000 supercar is no match
for the similarly priced Viper or Corvette Z06, while comparatively
inexpensive cars like the Nissan 350Z and Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution make it seem way overpriced for what you get. Though
few details were given at the Tokyo show, the HSC seems to be
a glimpse of a long-overdue successor to the NSX.
Honda says the HSC "delivers output in excess of 300 horsepower,"
which is a must for a supercar in this day and age. Shifts are
made with either an "easy-to-operate" dial shifter or paddle-shift
levers - we would assume this indicates the use of a sequential
manual transmission rather than a conventional manual gearbox.
Indeed, press literature suggests that the HSC is a car that
makes its high-performance threshold accessible to drivers of
varying abilities. The cabin bears no signs of deceased Preludes
and appears fully modern and driver-oriented with individual
gauge pods, heavily bolstered seats and liberal use of carbon
fiber, aluminum and nubuck.
Why Should You Care? Will the NSX finally get a redesign? The
HSC seems to be a hazy picture of the direction the company
might take with its supercar. A future production version could
pick up this concept's styling cues and, perhaps, a sequential
Somewhat industrial in appearance, the cockpit is strongly
driver-oriented with readily accessible gauges and heavily bolstered
Honda F1 sets land speed records
All week long, the Honda Racing F1 team has been out at the
Bonneville Salt Flats pursuing a lofty goal: setting a new Formula
1 car land speed record over
the Bonneville flying mile with an average speed of 400 kph.
Honda simply called the mission the Bonneville 400.
The instrument being used to make the attempt was a V10-powered
Honda 007. For the runs out on the salt, the car was outfitted
with an upright rear fin instead of the standard wing, and also
employed the use of a parachute to help slow itself at the completion
of each attempt. Driver Alan van der Mewe was behind the wheel
for all the early-morning record runs, and through the course
of the week, Alan, the team, and the car have broken F1 class
records three times.
During today's final set of attempts, the Honda produced two
land speed records for Formula 1 cars. Over the Bonneville flying
mile, the car hit an average speed of 397.360kph (246.908mph).
The second record set was over the flying kilometer, where it
averaged 397.481kph (246.983mph).
The magic 400 kph average remained out of reach, though earlier
this week, the car did hit 400.454 kph on one pass of the measured
mile. It wasn't able to match the feat on the return trip, unfortunately.
While disappointed that they didn't set the record at 400, all
parties involved deemed the week a success. Given the time and
effort that they put into the event and the challenges they
faced running an F1 car on the salt flats, you can't help but
Sales of HondaJet Off to Impressive Start After 3-day NBAA Convention
Honda Aircraft Company today announced that it received well
over 100 individual customer orders with deposits for the $3.65
million HondaJet during the National Business Aviation Association
(NBAA) convention in Orlando, Florida. The company began sales
of its advanced light jet on October 17 and has experienced
demand in excess of expectations over three days of sales.
"We are extremely pleased with the early customer
response to HondaJet. In addition to the strong demand we have
experienced from individuals, we are negotiating with a number
of fleet customers as well," said Michimasa Fujino, president
& CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., Inc. "Due to this overwhelming
response, we are now considering an increase in our production
plan to meet the needs of our customers."
HondaJet will be produced by the Honda Aircraft Company at a
dedicated manufacturing facility in the United States. Toward
this end, on October 11 of this year, the company submitted
its application for type certification of HondaJet with the
Federal Aviation Administration.
Setting new standards for performance, quality and comfort,
HondaJet introduces a series of new technologies that signify
a revolutionary departure from conventional light jet designs.
Its most unique and recognizable feature - the over-the-wing
engine mount (OTWEM) configuration - liberates precious fuselage
space for increased room in the cabin and cargo stowage, while
significantly reducing aerodynamic drag at high speeds for major
improvements in performance and fuel efficiency.
HondaJet features a class-topping cruise speed of 420 knots
with an IFR range of 1180 nautical miles , and a 30-35 percent
gain in fuel efficiency at cruise speed versus other jets of
comparable performance. HondaJet's luxuriously-appointed cabin
is about 1-foot longer than even larger light jets and features
a fully-private lavatory.
"Clearly, our customers
understand that HondaJet creates new value by combining class-leading
speed, comfort and fuel efficiency... matched by the promise
of Honda's reputation for the highest quality," said Fujino.
A sales network incorporating five regional sales groups has
been established for sales of HondaJet - HondaJet East, HondaJet
Southeast, HondaJet Midwest, HondaJet Southwest and HondaJet
Northwest - operating 14 offices around the country to provide
HondaJet customers with a superior sales and ownership experience.
The company will also establish a network of service facilities
within 90-minutes flight time from any location in the U.S.
Honda Develops Advanced VTEC Engine Combining High Power and
TOCHIGI, Japan 09/25/2006
Motor Co., Ltd. has further advanced its VTEC (Variable Valve
Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) technology with the
development of the Advanced VTEC engine, which achieves high
performance along with outstanding fuel economy and lower emissions.
The new engine combines continuously variable valve lift and
timing control with the continuously variable phase control
of VTC (Variable Timing Control). Honda plans to release a production
vehicle equipped with the new engine within three years.
This new system permits optimum control over intake valve lift
and phase in response to driving conditions, achieving improved
charging efficiency for a significant increase in torque at
all engine speeds. Under low to medium load levels, the valves
are set for low lift and early closure to reduce pumping losses
and improve fuel economy.
In combination with optimized intake components, these advances
in control technology result in world-class dynamic performance
along with approximately 13 percent* improvement in fuel economy.
The new engine is also exceptionally clean, with exhaust emissions
that meet both U.S. Environmental Protection Agency LEV2-ULEV
regulations and Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and
Transport requirements for Low-Emission Vehicles, with emission
levels 75 percent lower than those required by the 2005 standards
(based on Honda calculations).