“We will be the world leader in technology.” In 1959, a little known manufacturer participated for the first time in the Isle of Man TT Races, at the time the world’s top motorcycle competition. That manufacturer, Honda of course, captured its first World Grand Prix victory in 1961. Honda next set its sights on car racing, capturing its first victory in 1965 at the pinnacle event of Formula One Grand Prix racing with only 11 races under its belt. Since then, Honda has pursued numerous racing chal- lenges, with the intent of developing truly innovative technologies and cultivating excellent engi- neers through the process. With the return to the stage of the Formula One Grand Prix in 2015 after a seven-year absence, Honda continues tackling ever-new challenges, moving toward our dreams.
Participation in F1 racing as a power unit supplier from 2015. Photo of Spanish Grand Prix
“Unless we compete in races, we can’t improve our motorcycles and automobiles.” With the goal of applying technologies refined through the ultimate challenge of racing to create better mass-production vehicles, Honda has competed in a great variety of races around the world. The wide-ranging race categories in which Honda has been active include the MotoGP class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship and the Dakar Rally for motorcycles, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) as well as the Super GT Series for automobiles.
Moto GP (Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar)
Started in 1981 as a competition in which the participants vie for the best fuel efficiency around the theme of how far they can travel on one liter of gasoline, the Honda Eco Mileage Challenge will be in its 35th year in 2015. What has driven Honda in hosting this event is our hope that young people who will build the Earth’s future will develop greater environmental awareness by experiencing the art of making things that enables them to try various possibilities with freewheeling thinking.
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge (2014 Japan)
Honda opened Suzuka Circuit in 1962 and Twin Ring Motegi in 1997. While contributing to the develop- ment of motorsports through racing, Honda has also conveyed the fun of mobility to a large number of people through a wide range of events, facilities and programs that everyone can experience and enjoy.
First Japanese Grand Prix of World Championship (1963 at Suzuka Circuit)