"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 challenges, with the intent of developing truly innovative technologies and cultivating excellent engineers through the process. Honda will continue tackling challenges on uncharted waters while keeping its dreams and initiatives high, as motorsports are the origin of Honda's challenging spirit.
MotoGP (2013 Grand Prix of the Americas)
"Unless we compete in races, we can't improve our vehicles." With the goal of applying technology refined through its stiffest challenges in racing to mass production vehicles offered to customers, Honda has competed in races around the world. These include the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) series and the Dakar Rally for motorcycles and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for automobiles. In 2015, Honda will return to the Formula One Grand Prix after a nine-year absence.
World Touring Car Championship (2013 Morocco)
Since 1981, Honda has hosted the Honda Econopower National Competition in Japan, which has turned into a popular event where competitors challenge the limits of fuel efficiency by showing how far their handcrafted vehicles can travel on one liter of gasoline. Since 2010, when the name of the event was changed to Honda Eco Mileage Challenge, the competition has also been held in other countries, including Thailand, China and Vietnam. Honda will continue to support a broad array of events offering everyone a chance to participate as a main player.
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge (2012 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.
World Championship Round12 Grand Prix of JAPAN(1963 at Suzuka Circuit)