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The history of Honda’s engagement with motor sports began in 1954 when founder Soichiro Honda declared the company’s intention to take part in the Isle of Man TT Races. At the time, the company was just over five years old. The audacity with which the startup Honda plunged into world-class competition was to define the company’s racing DNA: Honda’s spirit of challenge. Ever since, Honda has pushed the envelope in motorcycle and automobile racing worldwide. More than race results alone, racing represents an opportunity for Honda to maximize the initiative, technology and quality that drive us to apply ever more advanced creativity. Through motor sports, Honda shares dreams and excitement with fans everywhere. For Honda, there is no true finish line.

 
Realizing Dreams on the Racetrack:
Fostering Young Talent
Formula One represents the pinnacle of international motor sports. In 1964, Honda, which had just begun building cars, built its own engine and chassis and boldly entered the fray. In 1983, Honda returned as engine supplier and swept to victory upon victory in its second era of Formula One competition. Now, Honda is back in its third era of competition, teamed with B·A·R Honda. Having placed second in the Constructor’s rankings last year, Honda is continuing the challenge and aiming for the top. Meanwhile, in its third year of intense and successful competition in the IndyCar Series, Honda supplies engines to four teams fielding a total of ten vehicles.
Working to foster tomorrow’s champion drivers, Honda is proactively developing young talent through programs like the Suzuka Racing School and Formula Dream. Honda is determined to continue the motor sport challenge long into the future.

 
Bringing Motor Sports Closer to Us All
To help more people experience the fun of motor sports, Honda is proactively engaged in providing fans the opportunity to watch races up close and in person—and even participate! The first step was in 1962, when Honda opened the first world-class racetrack in Japan—the Suzuka Circuit. In 1997, Twin Ring Motegi opened, featuring both oval and road race tracks designed for international competition. With programs that give fans the chance to watch and participate in racing, Honda is sharing the excitement of motor sports with more and more people.

 

Suzuka circuit
 
Twin Ring Motegi

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