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CorporateJapanJanuary 29, 2001
2001 Honda Automobile Racing Activities

World Championship Series

Formula 1 World Championship Series

Honda has successfully established its position in the Formula 1 arena by achieving 71 wins out of 203 starts since first taking up the challenge in 1964. After a long hiatus, Honda last year returned once again to the pinnacle of single-seater racing with several important objectives in mind. These include: providing a "mobile training ground" for the next generation of Honda engineers; sharing the fun and excitement of racing with fans around the world; and further enhancing Honda's global brand image though competition at the highest technical level.

The company's third F-1 challenge started in the form of a collaboration with British American Racing (BAR) under the moniker "British American Racing Honda." This year, Honda has increased its commitment and determination by supplying a newly designed V10 engine, "Honda RA001E" to BAR-Honda and Jordan-Honda from its frontline base at Honda Racing Development (Headquarters: Berkshire, United Kingdom.) In the field of chassis development, the company will continue joint technological collaboration with BAR. As a result of these expanding Formula 1 activities, the number of teams and cars powered by Honda is now up to two teams and four cars.


Formula 1 Teams
British American Racing Honda (BAR-Honda)
FIA Registered Name: Lucky Strike Reynard British American Racing Honda
Headquarters: Brackley, Northampton, England
Founded: 1998


Jordan-Honda
FIA Registered Name: Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda
Headquarters: Silverstone, Northampton, England
Founded: 1991

Driver Lineup
No.
Driver (Nationality)
Team
Chassis/Tires
10
Jacques Villeneuve (Canada)
BAR-Honda
BAR003/ Bridgestone
9
Olivier Panis (France)
11
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Germany)
(Jordan-Honda)
EJ11/ Bridgestone
12
Jarno Trulli (Italy)


2000 Honda Formula 1 Engine
Name: Honda RA001E
Type: 3.0-liter V10, naturally aspirated
Valve train: Pneumatic (four/cylinder)
Throttle control: Electro-hydraulic
Block: Aluminum
Maximum engine speed: over 17,000rpm

Honda's Achievements in Formula 1
Year
Starts
Wins
Championship Titles
Chassis/Engine
1964
3
 
 
RA271/RA271E
1965
8
1
 
RA272/RA272E
1966
3
 
 
RA273/RA273E
1967
9
1
 
RA273-RA300/RA273E
1968
12
 
 
RA301/RA301E
1st phase
35
2
 
 
1983
7
 
 
Spirit 201C/RA163E
Williams FW09/RA163E
1984
16
1
 
Williams FW09B/RA164E
1985
16
4
 
Williams FW10/RA165E
1986
16
9
Constructors'
Williams FW11/RA166E
1987
16
11
Constructors'/Drivers'
Williams FW11B/RA167E
Lotus 99T/RA167E
1988
16
15
Constructors'/Drivers'
McLaren MP4/4/RA168E
Lotus 100T/RA166E
1989
16
10
Constructors'/Drivers'
McLaren MP4/5/RA109E
1990
16
6
Constructors'/Drivers'
McLaren MP4/5B/RA100E
1991
16
8
Constructors'/Drivers'
McLarenMP4/6/RA121E
Tyrrell 020/RA101E
1992
16
5
 
McLaren MP4/7/RA122E/B
2nd phase
151
69
 
 
2000
17
 
 
BAR002/RA000E
Total
203
71
 
Constructors' Championships: 6
Drivers' Championships: 5



U.S. Championship Series

CART Championship Series

Since its first entry in the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1994, Honda has recorded 53 wins out of 124 starts. This year, the company's CART activities will again be centered around Honda Performance Development, Inc. (a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.) as a supplier of engines to several major CART teams.

An all-new HR-1 V8 turbo-charged engine has been developed for the 2001 season.

The number of Honda-powered teams has increased from two to five this year. In addition to last year's Marlboro Team Penske, the defending champion, and Team KOOL Green, now entering its fifth consecutive year with Honda, three new Honda-powered teams will include Team Motorola, Fernandez Racing, and Mo Nunn Racing.

Drivers for these newly Honda-powered teams will include: Shinji Nakano, who has moved to Fernandez Racing; 1991 CART champion Michael Andretti driving for Team Motorola; and the power-duo of Alex Zanardi, 1997 and 1998 CART champion, and Tony Kanaan, who earned Honda its first 500-mile race victory, driving for Mo Nunn Racing.

With this formidable force of five teams and nine drivers- including three former champions and five race winners-Honda will be working hard throughout the 2001 season to clinch a fourth Manufacturers' title and a sixth consecutive Drivers' title in the CART arena.



2001 Honda Team/Driver Lineup
No.
Driver (Nationality)
Team
Chassis/Tires
1
3
Gil de Ferran (Brazil)
Helio Castroneves (Brazil)
Marlboro Team Penske
Reynard/Firestone
26
27
Paul Tracy (Canada)
Dario Franchitti (Scotland)
Team KOOL Green
Reynard/Firestone
39
Michael Andretti (United States)
Team Motorola
Reynard/Firestone
51
52
Adrian Fernandez (Mexico)
Shinji Nakano (Japan)
Fernandez Racing
Reynard/Firestone
55
66
Tony Kanaan (Brazil)
Alex Zanardi (Italy)
Mo Nunn Racing
Reynard/Firestone


Honda CART Engine Outline
Code Name: HR-1
Type: Liquid-cooled 32-valve DOHC V8 turbo-charged
Displacement: 2.65 liters
Engine Management: Honda Motorola
Fuel Injection: Honda PGM-FI
Ignition: Honda TDK CDI
Fuel: Methanol
Maximum Power: Over 800PS/Over 15,000rpm (under 37inch boost)

Honda's Achievements in CART
Year Starts Wins Championship titles Engine
1994 15 0   Honda Indy V8 HRX
1995 17 1   Honda Indy V8 HRX / HRH
1996 16 11 Manufacturer's Champion Drivers' Champion: Jimmy Vasser
Rookie of The Year: Alex Zanardi
Honda Indy V8 HRH
2001 17 6 Drivers' Champion: Alex Zanardi Honda Indy V8 HRR
1998 19 13 Manufacturer's Champion Drivers' Champion: Alex Zanardi
Rookie of The Year: Tony Kanaan
Honda Turbo V8 HRK
1999 20 14 Manufacturers' Champion Drivers' Champion: Juan Montoya
Rookie of The Year: Juan Montoya
Honda Turbo V8 HRS
2000 20 8 Drivers' Champion: Gil de Ferran Honda Turbo V8 HRS
Total 124 53 Manufacturers' Championships: 3
Drivers' Championships: 5 consecutive titles



Japanese Championship Series

Japanese GT Championship (JGTC)

Honda successfully developed an N-GT version of its NSX automobile for the Japanese GT Championship (JGTC) by providing technical support to the "Mugen ( Dome Project," a joint effort between Mugen Co., Ltd., and Dome Co., Ltd. Last year the collaborative efforts among these three companies allowed Honda NSXs to take both the Team and Drivers' Championships for the first time in four years of JGTC competition.

For this year's JGTC challenge, the NSX has been further upgraded and refined into a new 2001 version, which will be supplied to major teams through the Mugen ( Dome Project. Naturally, the Mugen and Dome joint force will also participate in the race, bringing the Honda JGTC lineup to the same level as last year's, including four teams and five cars.



2001 N-GT NSX Major Specifications
Body Type: GH-NA2
Length x Width: 4,430 x 1,910mm
Wheelbase: 2,530mm
Track (front/rear): 1,600 x 1,585mm
Weight: Over 1,100kg
Frame: Aluminum monocoque, tubular steel safety cage, local CFRP reinforcement
Engine Base Engine: CB32 (DOHC with VTEC)
Type: Liquid-cooled V6, transversely mounted
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Fuel Supply: Honda PGM-FI
Ignition: Honda PGM-IG
Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Maximum power: Over 480PS
Maximum torque: Over 40kg-m
Transmission: Hewland six-speed, sequentially operated
Suspension: Double wishbone, Showa inboard damper unit
Brakes: Alcon six-piston calipers at front/rear
Tires: Front; 210/30R18, Rear; 330/40R18


JGTC Team/Driver Lineup
No. Car Team Director Drivers
1 Loctite Mugen NSX Mugen x Dome Project Junichi Kumakura Ryu Michigami / Hidetoshi Mitsusada
18 TAKATA Dome NSX Hiroki Kato / Sebastien Philippe
8 ARTA NSX AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI Aguri Suzuki Keiichi Tsuchiya / Katsutomo Kaneishi
64 Mobil 1 NSX Mobil 1 Nakajima Racing Satoru Nakajima Dominik Schwager / Tsugio Matsuda
100 RAYBRIG NSX Team Kunimitsu with MOONCRAFT Kunimitsu Takahashi Akira Iida / Daisuke Ito


Honda Achievements in JGTC
Year Starts Wins Championship Titles Car
2001 6     NSX
1998 7 4   NSX
1999 7 3   NSX
2000 7 3 Drivers' / Teams' Champion NSX
Total 27 10 Teams' Championships: 1
Drivers' Championships: 1
 

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