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Ever since Honda started to visit SEMA in an “official” way many H-heads out there have been hoping that Honda would finally offer a factory version of what they have already been doing for years: boost. This year it looks like fan boys finally got their wish, kind of. The big news at the Honda booth was the announcement of an HPD (Honda Performance Development) Supercharger kit…for the CRZ.
While that is great news for CRZ owners/lovers it is no secret that the CRZ has had mixed reactions from the rest of the Honda community; which could be why HPD decided to make the CRZ the target for this kit. See some complained that the CRZ didn’t have the performance to make it as fun as Honda said it would be. However with this this kit based on licensed centrifugal supercharger tech from Oscar Jackson Racing pushes the output of the CRZ to a healthy 187HP at only 6,500RPMs. More than enough to put more zip in the CRZ’s step. For those Honda fans who are un-fans of the CRZ I offer this consolation: if this HPD supercharger kit works out then there is a possibility that HPD may offer kits for other cars like the Civic Si in the future!
Continuing the boosted theme Honda also brought out the amazing 1,029HP 2014 Odyssey van built by Bisimoto engineering. This thing was bonkers! Not only did it have a ridiculously massive intercooler out front but the van was absolutely slammed and stance’d on some massive Fifteen52 wheels. This is one soccer-mom-mobile I would totally drive
Apart from the CRZ and the bonkers Odyssey Honda also brought out a few trick Si’s as well as what appeared to be a turn-key Civic Si race car complete with cage and race cluster. All in all the Honda booth was a pretty satisfying experience, especially those who have sworn allegiance to the big H!
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Even though we may get older and our tastes change, we never really lose our soft spot for the cars that we loved growing up. And if you’re my age some of those cars are now thought of as “classics”. Its beautiful and sad all at the same time! But I digress… This past weekend was the annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) in the shadow of the Queen Mary here in Long Beach. I have been going to this event off and on for the last few years this event has seen tremendous growth. Heck, I got to the show less than an hour after it opened and the massive parking lot was nearly full!
I was astonished to see how many people showed up so early. Although, really I shouldn’t have been surprised. Its no secret that the JCCS is the country’s biggest gathering of vintage J-cars. This event was proof that the rise of vintage JDM love is not just a fad. In fact, this was the 9th year of the JCCS since its start which just shy of a pretty big milestone. Only the legit events last as long as JCCS has. Further evidence is the increasing participation of the OEMs in this show. Yes, OEMs! It started with Toyota but this year Mazda and Honda have joined in on the fun!
In fact, Honda brought out a few gems from their museum, including the original 1984 CR-X Mugen prototype test vehicle! Mazda brought two of their 4 rotor LeMans race cars as well as a pair of 2014 Mazda3s. Toyota provided plenty of vintage eye candy including a few 2000GT’s and mint condition Land Cruisers. Maybe for the 10th anniversary Nissan will get involved? There were plenty of privately owned classic Skylines on hand. Actually, there were plenty of privately owned beautiful classic cars on hand. Rows and rows of mint condition gems that would make anyone with a pulse stop and look at least for a little while.
If at all possible, plan ahead of time and make the trip out to Long Beach for the 10th annual JCCS show! If you love cars you will not be disappointed! In the meantime, if you missed this year’s show we have a Facebook gallery of nearly 200 pictures to enjoy!
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Are you in love with EG and EK Honda Civics? Do you drool over just about any generation of VW Golf? Then you might just be about that “Hatch Life“. If so then Pac Rim’s GARAGETUNED brand has a cell phone case that’s perfect for you. The best part is that its available for iPhone 4/4s/5 AND Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4 so you’re covered on both iOS and Android fronts!
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Guess what? Just like JDMEGO, Pacific Rim has re-designed and re-launched their website as well! Along with the re-launch comes a host of new goodies and apparel from the Pac Rim team. In this new shirt dubbed “Hatchbacks” wearers can celebrate the evolution of the Honda Civic hatchback all the way from the EF up to the EP chassis.
Honda heads are going to want to cop this ASAP!
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Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I made the trip out to Lake Elsinore to visit a fleet of fresh Hondas at the 2013 Eibach meet. Wait, actually it wasn’t yesterday it was just a few hours ago… Yes, that fast and I already have my pictures up. Why? Because its Sunday afternoon and I am a very boring individual. Actually, its partly because my gallery is somewhat modest (150 pictures) compared to what I know will be galleries of thousands of shots from other outlets.
As far as my impressions of the meet? Well I should start off with a disclaimer that the last time I went to the Eibach meet, it was actually at Eibach’s facility. For a while now the meet has gotten so big that organizers have been forced to find larger venues. This year they visited the Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore. While the location was scenic, it was also incredibly hot! As well as at least an hour away from most of the people who would visit. I’d love it if they moved it to some where closer and cooler (temp. wise) but part of the fun is the exodus to get out there right?
The quality of cars was not quite the way I remember it but, well trends are different now and with the economy the way it is there aren’t many who have the money or patience to pay a premium and wait 3 months for those JDM parts. I commend those who still do that despite the economic climate but it seems like the Honda scene is now more about creative without breaking the bank and that in and of itself makes for some pretty fresh rides.
I wasn’t able to capture everything but I figured I would just give you a taste of what was there. Click on the thumbnails for teaser shots then hit the red text for our Facebook gallery. If you want more just stay tuned to your usual internet haunts and I’m sure many more galleries will pop up. For now, enjoy!
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This weekend is hands down the biggest weekend for all men and women who consider themselves certified “Honda heads”! The Eibach meet is one of the biggest car meets in the country and THE biggest Honda meet ever in history to ever happen in any place at any time. OK, maybe that last part is an exaggeration but still! In fact the Eibach meet is so big, that they can’t even hold the event at Eibach anymore.
This year the famous meet will be held in the massive parking lot at Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore, CA. Sure it is a little bit farther out than Eibach’s facility but the extra space will allow more room for all the epic Honda-ness. Enough talk! I shall provide you with the details and you shall make plans for your exodus!
Who: Eibach and Honda fans everywhere
What: Eibach meet 2013
When: Sunday May 19th 2013 11am-4pm
Where: Storm Stadium 500 Diamond Drive. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Why: Because VTEC Just Kicked In Yo’!
How Much: $5 admission, $10 parking
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Today, Honda made millions of hardcore F1 fans and Ayrton Senna fans’ dreams come true when they announced that not only are they returning to F1 in 2015 but they will rekindle their partnership with McLaren! Awesome news right? But the question remains: why does Honda want to come back?
If you remember, Honda’s last stint in F1 did not go so well. Instead of working with a partner, they attempted an “all Honda” effort and did all the development on the engine and chassis in-house. Like Toyota, Honda was spending tons of money and not seeing great results despite having talent like Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. When those struggles were compounded with a faltering economy Honda backed out of Formula 1 and most knew it would take something major to bring them back.
Well it turns out that “major” thing is the new 1.6 liter energy recover V6 engine mandate that will hit F1 in 2015. Honda sees the new engine setup as a great R&D opportunity for their road cars which is great news for Honda fans. My only gripe is that Honda didn’t do this sooner, otherwise we might have been expecting a McLaren edition NSX in 2015 as well!
I think with a team like McLaren behind them Honda will have a much better time in F1 than they did in their last bout with the sport.
05/16/2013 – TOKYO, Japan
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its decision to participate in the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation.
Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.
From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to Honda’s decision to participate in F1. Throughout its history, Honda has passionately pursued improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems. Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas. Furthermore, a new generation of Honda engineers can learn the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Commenting on this exciting development, Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said:
“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1. We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s decision to introduce these new regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies and to Formula One Group, which has developed F1 into a high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Jean Todt, the President of FIA and to Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group who showed great understanding and cooperation to help realize our participation in F1 racing. The corporate slogan of Honda is “The Power of Dreams”. This slogan represents our strong desire to pursue and realize our dreams together with our customers and fans. Together with McLaren, one of the most distinguished F1 constructors, Honda will mark a new beginning in our challenges in F1.”
Also, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited said:
“The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula One, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders. But it’s a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that we want once again to take McLaren Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula One success. Together we have a great legacy – and we’re utterly committed to maintaining it.”
Jean Todt, president of FIA said:
“I am very happy to hear about Honda’s important decision to return to Formula One with McLaren from 2015. The introduction of the new power train next year, in the form of a 1.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine with direct injection and energy recovery, is a very exciting challenge and demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport. I am sure that Honda will become a strong contender in the years to come.”
Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Group said:
“It is a great pleasure to see Honda back in Formula One. Their engine technology and passion for motor sports make them a natural Formula One contender.”
|History of Honda Participation in F1 Racing:
||Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis
||Participated as an engine supplier (Won both the driver’s and constructors’ championship titles for four consecutive years from 1988 through 1991)
||Participated as an engine supplier and joint developer of the chassis
||Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis
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