"We will be the world leader in technology." In 1959, a little known manufacturer participated for the first time in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (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 World Championship racing with only 11 races under its belt. Since then, Honda has pursued numerous racing challenges, with the intent of developing truly innovative technologies and cultivating excellent engineers through the process. In August 2015, Honda achieved its 700th victory at the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix and, looking ahead, Honda continues taking on new challenges to move toward our dreams.
Honda achieves its 700th victory, at the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. (2015 Indianapolis 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 FIM Road Racing, Motocross and Trial World Championships for motorcycles, and the FIA Formula One World Championship, WTCC (FIA World Touring Car Championship) and the Super GT for automobiles.
Formula One World Championship Series
The Honda Eco Mileage Challenge was 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. 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 open-minded thinking.
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge (2014 Japan)
Honda opened Suzuka Circuit in 1962 and Twin Ring Motegi in 1997. While contributing to the development 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)