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Saturday, August 29, 2015

FORD Bronco Turns 50***First "Four Wheel Drive Sports Car"***Offered in 1965 Model Year***2018 New Bronco Return Possible

FORD Bronco Turns 50, From the 1965 Model Year Offering, Detroit Now Looks To 2018 

Originally designed to compete with the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Scout, the Bronco was first seen in these 1965 Ford commercials bouncing around in the desert, while an enthusiastic announcer introduces it as the “first four-wheel drive sports car.” This was a world where station wagons were the common family car in place of SUVs, minivans, and crossovers, and Ford saw where the market was going: It introduced various versions of the truck, with the “Bronco Wagon” being advertised as the “family carry-all.” This version in particular proved to be a hit for the Detroit-based automaker, but not in that families were buying them — it was outdoor-oriented men, who wanted a closed bed on a truck while maintaining the off-road ruggedness they needed.

However, as time went on it became apparent that Ford’s Bronco demographic didn’t care very much for all of the optional add-ons like the auxiliary gas tank, snowplow, or posthole digger. These guys wanted the available winch, tow bars, brush guards, and overdrive units for off-roading instead of farming. But with Chevy’s Blazer outmatching the Bronco in both power and refinement, the little Ford offering began to slowly slump into obscurity as Americans continued to prefer SUVs like the Jeep Cherokee, as it was far roomier and way less rustic feeling than its under-powered and undersized competition.

Since sales continued to wallow over the next dozen years, Ford’s budget for a re-imagined Bronco grew increasingly slim, and by 1978, when the next generation came into being (for just two short years) it was not much more than a slightly redesigned version of the F-100 pickup with a few customizable seating arrangements, a removable top, a choice of full-time four-wheel-drive, or a part-time system that utilized a gear-driven transfer case. While it was by no means a dog when it came to roughing it, the Bronco continued to be just a ho-hum option for car buyers, and its rust-prone, motor-melting rear power window did nothing to help its cause.

After another hasty redesign in 1980, the Bronco came into its third reincarnation as a smaller, boxier entity, with an inline-six engine that out-powered its V8 big brother, but remained chained to a single barrel carburetor and one seriously restrictive exhaust. Fortunately, by 1988 the fourth generation Broncos had become fuel injected, and while it was an upgrade over the previous model, owners found themselves rejoicing over the addition of a five-speed gearbox as well as the newer and lighter, electronically-controlled automatic transmission. At this point Ford thought it would be a grand idea to really start giving the four-door Chevy Suburban a run for its money, and in true Ford-fashion a Frankenstein four-door conversion of the F-series crew cab was built by now defunct Centurion Vehicles and was offered through Ford dealerships. Naturally, the product never quite caught on, and the Suburban continued to steamroll as king of the full-size four-door SUVs.

The Bronco’s final hurrah came in 1992 and lasted just four years. In that time it became safer, as it incorporated crumple zones, and it did away with the removable top, even though it was still possible to yank it off with the proper Torx bit and a couple of buddies. This generation of Bronco also received quite a few interior and exterior upgrades, with rounded edges balancing out some of the boxiness, and in 1995 it became one of the first vehicles to offer turn signal lamps in its side-view mirrors. While Americans did indeed like the redesigned Bronco, it remained a bit of slug compared to its far more utilitarian cousin, the Explorer, and once O.J. hopped inside one to escape from the cops, every American’s memory of the Bronco remains eternally linked to images of a white little SUV plodding down the freeway.

News out of Detroit this week indicates the Bronco could phoenix in 2018 as a counterpart to the anticipated new Ranger.


Friday, August 28, 2015

BAJA Racing CENTER Summer 2015

  • KING OF BAJA 1000
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

FORD Ranger Pickup To Be Built In Detroit with New Bronco Possible in 2018

If the UAW and FORD make a deal, the Ranger and Bronco might be back in the United States sales market in 2018.

Gary Newsome, Editor. Original Report August 26, 2015.

Ford recently announced that production of the Ford Focus and C-Max models would move away from Michigan Assembly in 2018, but did not announce any plans for a replacement vehicle to be built there. The Ford Ranger pickup is apparently a frontrunner in the final discussions between Ford and the UAW, an unnamed source told The Detroit News. The Ford Ranger was last sold in the U.S. in 2011, and a global version introduced in 2012 (pictured) is currently sold elsewhere in the world.

The possible Ford Ranger that would return to the U.S. would most likely be significantly different than the current global Ranger, which is codenamed T6. (First Photo in our group with Gold/Orange Colour) A Reader told us: "When I was living in Malaysia I owned a T6 ranger. It was the perfect size, totally reliable, got amazing fuel economy, was very good on road and was fantastic off-road. Mine was just the 2.2 but always felt up the the task. My friends 3.2 really felt powerful and might be better suited to the American market."

T6 Global Market Released 2012 Ford Ranger
Drivetrain layout     Front engine, RWD/4WD
Engine type     I-4, alum block/head
Bore x stroke     3.50 x 3.94 in
Displacement     152 ci/2.5L
Compression ratio     9.7:1
Valve gear     DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower     164 hp @ 6000 rpm
SAE torque     167 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Optional engine     I-4 turbodiesel, iron block/head
Bore x stroke     3.39 x 3.72 in
Displacement     134 ci/2.2L
Compression ratio     15.7:1
Valve gear     DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower     148 hp @ 3700 rpm
SAE torque     277 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Optional engine     I-5 turbodiesel, iron block/head
Bore x stroke     3.54 x 3.97 i
Displacement     195 ci/3.2L
Compression ratio     15.7:1
Valve gear     DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE horsepower     197 hp @ 3000 rpm
SAE torque     347 lb-ft @ 1500-2750 rpm
Transmission type     5-speed manual
1st     4.20:1
2nd     2.24:1
3rd     1.37:1
4th     1.00:1
5th     0.76:1
Reverse     3.84:1
Opt transmission     6-speed manual
1st     5.44:1
2nd     2.84:1
3rd     1.72:1
4th     1.22:1
5th     1.00:1
6th     0.79:1
Reverse     4.94:1
Opt transmission     6-speed automatic
1st     4.17:1
2nd     2.34:1
3rd     1.52:1
4th     1.14:1
5th     0.87:1
6th     0.69:1
Reverse     3.40:1
Axle ratios     3.55:1, 3.73:1, 4.70:1
Final drive ratios     2.63:1, 2.82:1, 2.58:1, 3.59:1
Wheelbase     126.8 in
Length x width x height     201.2-211.0 x 72.8 x 71.0-72.8 in
Track, f/r     61.4/61.4 in
Turning circle     41.7 ft
Approach/departure angle     28.0-29.0/20.0-28.0 deg
Ground clearance     9.1-9.3 in
Curb weight     4450-4850 lb
Payload capacity     2200-2600 lb
GVWR     7055 lb
GCWR     13,117 lb
Towing capacity     4850-7385 lb
Seating capacity     3-5
Headroom, f/r     40.2-40.3/36.9-38.8 in
Legroom, f/r     41.7/31.3-35.5 in
Shoulder room, f/r     56.7/55.1-56.3 in
Bed LxWxH     61.0-91.2 x 61.4 x 20.1 in
Width bet wheelhousings     44.8 in
Construction     Ladder frame
Suspension, f/r     Independent, control arm, coil over shock/solid axle, leaf spring
Steering type     Rack-and-pinion
Turns, lock to lock     3.5
Brakes, f/r     Vented disc/drum, ABS
Base price     $19,300 (est)
Price as tested     $51,600 (est)
Airbags     Front, front side, side curtain
Fuel capacity     21.1 gal
Australian fuel economy, combined     25-31 mpg
Recommended fuel     Regular unleaded, ULSD

The T6 model offers single-cab, extended-cab, and crew-cab variants, and offers a mix of gasoline and diesel four- and five-cylinder engines. Because of the Ford F-150 pickup’s wide-ranging lineup, the Ranger would need to offer better fuel economy and significantly lower pricing than Ford’s stalwart pickup in order to carve out a place for itself in the Ford truck lineup.

In the case of the Ranger, Ford started with a clean-sheet design, putting everything it learned from more than three decades of F-truck dominance into what would become the F-Series' kid brother. Ford's team of experts traveled the globe and examined the primary compact pickup competitors, namely the Toyota Hilux (a rebodied version of the Tacoma), Nissan Navara, and Mitsubishi Triton -- three popular workhorses in sold in Asia, Europe, and South Africa and had them on hand during the Ranger's design and development.

In Detroit, the Bronco is currently in development. The new Bronco would be built upon the new Ranger frame with new off-road enthusiast concepts included. Bronco turns 50, here in 2015. New Bronco possible in 2018.

Four years ago, a trio of Ford heavy-hitters was sent from Michigan to Australia, the designated homeroom for this new-generation global vehicle, even though it is built in Argentina, Thailand, and South Africa. Before being redeployed Down Under, designer Craig Metros had just finished work on the latest F-Series, vehicle line director Gary Boes had overseen the development of the Mustang and Flex, and engineering director Jim Baumbick had been responsible for more than 20 new nameplates for Ford in North America. In the end, though, the Ranger utilized expertise from all points of the globe. It was tested in the Australian outback, in the jungles of Thailand, and on the ice roads of Sweden, and it spent a lot of time in North America doing altitude, durability, and tow testing.

FORD insiders tell, the 2018 release Ranger is within 10 percent of the new F-150's dimensions and capabilities, likely another reason Ford is reluctant to bring the Ranger here. It wants to protect its homegrown hero, given that the F-Series' sales rate is roughly 50 percent of what it was half a decade ago.

The Off-Road Driving Tests. Well-sorted stability control ensures the Ranger stays shiny side up, no matter the surface. Perhaps the most impressive aspect was how well the stability control worked on loose gravel roads, typical terrain in many countries where these vehicles have been driven.

In the middle of the Australian outback, while driving on a gravel road covered in a thin layer of dirt as fine as sawdust, in one FORD test, the Ranger was repeatedly pushed to trigger the crew cab 4WD XLT Ranger into a skid by swerving abruptly. But the system worked so quickly and so efficiently that it gathered things up, time after time, without raising a sweat, and long before we were in any danger. It's a credit to the team who did the calibration. The speed and effectiveness of the stability control is as good as any road car I've driven. Interestingly, the stability control works well despite having disc brakes up front (the biggest in the compact pickup class, says Ford) and drum brakes on the rear (typical in this class around the world, including on the VW Amarok and Toyota Hilux).

Ford has also adapted hill descent control, which inches the vehicle carefully down steep slopes without the driver having to touch the brake pedal. The rate of descent is adjustable using the cruise control switch on the steering wheel.

The other issue is price. The T6 Ranger has been sold at a premium in most overseas markets, not as a bargain basement model as it had been in North America. Although the 2012 range starts from $AUD20,000 (about $19,300 ') for a 2WD cab-chassis, the XLT crew cab pictured here starts at $AUD53,390 (about $51,600 'Merican). 

If it does come back to America in 2018, the Ford Ranger would join a revived midsize pickup market in the U.S., with the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon picking up steam, an updated 2016 Toyota Tacoma going on sale soon, and an updated Nissan Frontier expected to debut within the next few years. RAM Trucks line is also showing sales gains despite the headwinds of production challenges.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Straight Out Of OFF-ROAD LIVE!***MONSTER Mikes GARAGE CABO 500 SPECIAL***Van Halen Continues In The Town Square in San Lucas, Baja South

While Van Halen is considered one of the most influential and popular hard-rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, they got their start in a particularly unglamorous, crazy block party way. Eventually making their way onto the Hollywood club scene. 

Off-Road Racing and Van Halen got their start across Los Angeles, USA. The famous rock band played massive, raucous backyard parties out of Los Angeles, in Southern California. 

This excerpt, from Greg Renoff's fascinating (even for non-VH fans) Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, a book almost anthropological in its level of detail, finds the band gigging at one of the aforementioned parties. Until, that is, things start to get out of hand. 

On Wednesday, August 26 at 5 PM, MONSTER Mike will promote the continuation of the out-of-control lifestyle of Off-Road and Rock Music, the CABO 500 SPECIAL events in October in Mexico, annually celebrate Off-Road and Rock. Listen In!

On Saturday, Van Halen moved their equipment outside and ran through their set. Jeff Touchie, who’d spent much of the week at the house, remembers, “We just hung out in the back and they played. Even though I had seen them a million times, it was always good. Back then, you never got tired of Van Halen, because Edward was amazing; he’d just sit down and do some riffs. And Alex could just go on the drums. They’d play a song, take a break, and joke around. They’d get ready to start something and say, ‘What do you think about this?’ And they’d do a little jam. It was always entertaining. We’d just drink beers and shoot the shit. It was laid back and kicked back.”

Meanwhile, all across Los Angeles, hundreds of young people got ready. They checked their stashes and chilled their beer. They called friends, passed the word, and made plans to caravan over to Pasadena. They’d be coming from San Gabriel Valley communities like Duarte, Flintridge, La Cañada, and West Covina. Even San Fernando Valley teens from Glendale and Calabasas would be making the long trip to the corner of Huntington and Madre. Leiren explained that for kids looking to get loose, a Van Halen gig would be the place to be that night.

 “Anytime you wanted to find anybody, you’d go to the Van Halen backyard parties.”

While it seemed that nearly every young person in Pasadena knew of the party, even those who’d not gotten the word knew how to find out about the evening’s action. Marcia Maxwell says, “There was a certain liquor store, Allen Villa Beverage, on Allen Street and Villa. That’s not too far away from where the Van Halens lived. People would tell the owner, Larry, ‘I’m having a party. Here’s my address,’ so everyone knew to go there to give and get information. We’d go there faithfully every weekend. All the gals would get all dressed up, we’d drive over there, and we’d come in and say, ‘Where’s the party?’ And off we’d go! There was usually a party every weekend. If it wasn’t Van Halen it was some other band. There was a lot of partying going on.”

Around seven, Van Halen hopped onstage and tuned up. Roth joked with his bandmates as he looked out upon the big backyard, which was already swarming with hundreds of kids. From the gate at the back corner of the property, young people stampeded into the yard and jockeyed for position in front of the stage. Despite Denis’s efforts to make everyone pay, some Chapman Woods locals, who knew their way through the brushy terrain behind the house, snuck into the backyard. Others attempted to vault Denis’s Huntington Drive fence or slip in through the front yard, only to be turned back by the host’s friends who guarded the property’s perimeter.

Onstage, Roth looked back at Alex one last time before grinning broadly at the crowd. He raised his arm, put the microphone to his lips, and screamed. Just then, Roth fired off the band’s pyrotechnic flash pots, sending black clouds ascending skyward. He noted in his autobiography, “Put a little gunpowder in the tins, and then when you hit the foot switch, it sparks it off and you get a great big colorful ‘fooomm!’ — a smoke bomb.” All the while, Edward played a blazing solo as an introduction to the band’s high-powered set opener. Van Halen’s senses-shattering assault had begun.

Around the stage, kids gathered and jammed to the music, but right up front, clutches of girls had their eyes glued to Roth. Debbie recalls, “Roth would wear low-cut tight bell-bottoms. He had this nice hairy chest. He liked flashy stuff. A lot of times he’d just wear no shirt and some flowing scarf. He had this gorgeous flowing long blond hair.” Roth’s appearance and persona had a particularly strong effect on her sister, Karen, who had a massive crush on Van Halen’s frontman. “He wore these hip hugger pants,” she recalls. “He was very sexy.”

Out in the streets, cars jockeyed for parking spaces and kids on foot moved with purpose towards the Imlers’ house, knowing that once Van Halen began playing, there was no saying how long the party would last. Debbie Hannaford Lorenz says that when she hears a Van Halen song today, she is transported back to those moments right after arriving at a backyard party. “I have that memory of walking down the street with all the cars and the music just echoing everywhere, and you know it’s a Van Halen party. It was such an exciting, electrical feeling. You were so excited to get to go. I loved it. I loved that sensation that you’d get through your whole body.”

Neighborhood residents felt sensations too — their windows rattled and cars cruised by their houses, honking their horns and burning rubber. Karen Imler says, “It was crazy. Huntington Drive turned into and sounded like a drag strip.”

By 7:30, frustrated residents began calling the police. Touchie explains that the Imlers “lived right on the border between Temple City and Pasadena. Chapman Woods was unincorporated, so sometimes the Pasadena police would show up and sometimes the sheriffs would show up.” For whatever reason, on this night the law enforcement response would come from the sheriff’s department station in Temple City.
In the meantime, the party was raging. Van Halen played everything from funky numbers by James Brown and the Rolling Stones to skull-crushers by Humble Pie and Montrose, with a few originals to boot. Roth and Edward fed off the crowd’s energy while standing under the spotlight, which shone down from the pool house roof courtesy of Edward and Alex’s old friend Ross Velasco. As Roth wrote in Crazy from the Heat, “We had rented a Trooperette spotlight . . . We’d put it on top of the work shed, which is on the other side of the swimming pool, and shine it down on us. You’d open it up wide enough that you’ve got the whole band until there was some singing or solo . . . then you would make the spot smaller so you could bring some focus to the proceedings.”

Under the beam of light, the packed crowd surged, with the most wasted kids held upright by the press of the crowd. Around the pool, partygoers pushed each other into the water and ran around on the patio, laughing uproariously. Wet T-shirts abounded, according to Touchie: “People were throwing each other in. Girls were running around half naked and drunk and jumping in the pool!”

Suddenly, people standing at stage right scattered as plate glass splintered. Dana Anderson explains, “I vividly remember the party on Madre and Huntington. I dropped PCP that night, so I was bouncing off the walls. I don’t remember a whole lot except walking through a plate-glass door that was right [alongside] where the band was playing in the backyard. I walked right through it barefoot. And not a scratch on me! I didn’t even remember. People had to tell me, ‘You broke the door, man!’”

Things were just as wild inside the house, which, despite Denis’s efforts, was full of people. Marcia Maxwell says that at Van Halen backyard parties there’d be “lots of drunkenness, a lot of fun, a lot of drugs in the house. There’d be lots of quaaludes, mescaline, mushrooms, and peyote. Cocaine — people would be wearing their spoons and their razor blades around their necks. It was so tacky. People would wear a coke spoon around their neck as a status symbol.”

At the gate, Denis and his friends crammed currency into their pockets as a huge crowd waited to get into the party. Denis would occasionally pause, pointing and gesturing at his friends to grab kids trying to sneak into the backyard. Also hanging around were kids who didn’t want to pay but couldn’t be bothered to jump the fence. They just stood along the fence line and listened to Van Halen.

Even though Denis was making money hand over fist, a serious problem was developing. Debbie observes, “Huntington Drive is a huge, wide boulevard, and the gate keepers couldn’t get the kids in the yard fast enough. The crowd spilled onto Huntington, which has a speed limit of forty-five miles per hour.” Before long, three lanes of traffic were blocked, and horns blared as drivers attempted to snake their way through the groups of kids on the blacktop.

With traffic backing up, Denis yelled to his friends to stop collecting money. “We just started shoving people into the yard without taking money just to get them off Huntington,” Debbie says. “The kids were coming by the hundreds, and we could not get them in fast enough.”

Sometime after 8:00, the Temple City sheriff’s deputies paid their first visit. Denis Imler recalls, “The party had only lasted an hour before the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department responded.” According to the Pasadena Star-News, the deputies located Denis at the gate and warned him to “tone things down” or the party would end. Denis promised that he’d do just that as he continued to herd people into the yard. As the crowd thinned on Huntington Drive, the deputies returned to their cars and drove off.

But after their departure, urgent calls kept coming into the department’s switchboard. There were so many cars in the neighborhood that for the first time in history, there was L.A.-style bumper-to-bumper traffic right on Madre Street. Kids wandered everywhere in Chapman Woods. They pissed in bushes. They parked on people’s lawns. Broken glass and trash littered the street. And the noise! It sounded like an air raid was underway. Unworldly screams and piercing squeals echoed throughout the neighborhood, and the stadium-style cheering hadn’t ceased. One resident even swore she’d heard explosions. Deputies’ radios crackled to life with orders for all available units to converge on the corner of Huntington and Madre.

Once again, deputies rolled up. One quick look at the scene made it clear to the unit commander that Denis Imler had done little to “tone down” the party; in fact, the number of people on the property had about doubled in the last hour. Denis remembers, “They found me and said, ‘The neighbors won’t tolerate this. We’re shutting this down.’ The party was so big it was stopping traffic on Huntington Drive. They told me I was hosting an ‘unlawful assembly.’” As the conversation continued between Denis and the ranking officer, other deputies ordered everyone in earshot to go home. Now.

Denis, who was the son of a Los Angeles sheriff’s department commander, knew that the deputies now meant business and that the party had to end. He made his way through the crowd and went to the stage. This was a feat in and of itself. “It was like Woodstock,” Touchie says. “You’d look over and just see this mass of people in front of the stage. To maneuver through and get up there to the stage was next to impossible. It was just a wall of people.”

After yelling and waving, Denis caught Roth’s eye. Van Halen played on as Roth pranced over to the party’s host. Roth leaned down as Denis yelled, “They’re going to shut it down! You guys need to stop playing!” Denis waited for Roth to stop the song, but the Van Halen frontman just kept singing and dancing. “He ignored me, and they kept playing. Roth had control of the whole thing; he egged the crowd on.” A frustrated Denis decided to take matters into his own hands. As he headed through the broken sliding glass door, he glanced up at the sky. A police helicopter was approaching.

Denis found Debbie and told her the party was over. She recalls, “So Denis came running in the house and disconnected the electricity to the stage.” Denis then headed into the yard to assure the deputies that the party was ending.
In through the back door bounded a sweaty, wide-eyed Alex Van Halen. He yelled to Debbie and everyone within earshot, “Who keeps pulling the electricity?”
“Denis did,” Debbie informed him.
“That’s bullshit!”
He plugged the band back in, returned to his kit, and Van Halen resumed playing. Debbie says then “this happened again, back and forth between Denis and Alex.”

Around this time, an instigator out on Huntington Drive killed any chance for a peaceful end to the party. Denis says, “Eventually, when the police ordered people to disperse, someone threw a beer bottle that hit a patrol car.” Debbie adds, “There were bottles thrown at the police cars parked on Huntington Drive. I can’t remember who did it, but I remember he was just a real troublemaker. He broke windows and a windshield.”

The Star-News reported that this first flurry of projectiles triggered a number of copycats. Deputies “were met with a barrage of rocks and bottles” as they congregated around the property. Touchie saw kids hurling projectiles from the backyard over the fence and onto Huntington Drive. “There were fifteen to twenty cop cars on the Huntington Drive side of the property,” he says. These rowdies “jacked up about six cop cars.” What had begun as a Van Halen backyard party had now become a full-scale riot with a Van Halen soundtrack.

As deputies on the scene retreated, backup units saddled up in Temple City. Tense calls came over the radio about the “unlawful assembly” in Chapman Woods. Deputies gathered up their riot gear, angered that their comrades were under attack. But perhaps all this was inevitable. Van Halen backyard parties had been getting bigger and more disorderly over the past months; it was only a matter of time before one of them turned into a riot. No matter. The officers were well trained, and had a whole range of crowd control methods they could employ. Truth be told, the whole department had run out of patience when it came to Van Halen backyard parties.

ON THE BEACH Summer Promotion Continues

OFF-ROAD LIVE! continues its Summer Promotion, tonight at 5 PM with MONSTER Mikes GARAGE and the Van Halen Club Scene.

The L.A. Music scene, its car-truck lifestyle and Desert Racing haven't rocked in separate test tubes. Over 100 years, these social activities have melded into the modern guy and gal, in SoCal.

The big difference is how each California resident partakes and lives in each. Examples of this point are Laird and Gabby. "ON THE BEACH" is a celebration of the spirit of Southern California and its people. Rather than just a Summer Promotion, we think we'll carry it on, full-time. Just like all SoCal residents!


Today, the parties continue during the annual CABO 500 Off-Road events in the Town Square of San Lucas, Baja South, Mexico every October.
Parts Excerpted from Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal by Greg Renoff. 

Editor Gary Newsome,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Breaking News! HONDA Twin-Turbocharged Honda HR35TT V6 Engine Explodes Into 2015 BAJA 1000

A HONDA production V6 will be the foundation for this years Baja 1000 effort. Right Now: The HR35TT twin-turbo V6 runs in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, 2015. The engine will debut in the 12 Hours of Sebring mounted in a Riley Gen3 prototype chassis from the Starworks Motorsport garage.This engine is derived from Honda’s J35 production engines. Key features of the HR35TT include steel crankshaft and rods, dry sump oiling, direct fuel injection and HPD/McLaren engine management. This Honda engine is the second twin-turbo engine approved for Daytona Prototype cars.

This effort, will make its 4-wheel off-road factory racing return this November in the Infamous BAJA 1000 desert race, with an unlimited off-road race vehicle powered by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc. 

The manufacturer teased images of its race vehicle today, featuring the twin-turbocharged Honda HR35TT V6 engine, with an  Albins ST6 sequential transmission, racing shocks, and rugged CABO 500 Tires. More information will be available in the days leading up to the Baja 1000 event in November. 

This return to the Baja 1000 marks Honda's first 4-wheel desert race since the HPD Desert Pilot competed in Class 6 in 2012 (Skiltons Team).

The Skiltons ran away from Baja racing in 2012, saying the SCORE insurance wasn't good enough. Probably BS. HONDA probably nixed the effort due to poor race showings. Yea, blame the race sanctions insurance!

LIVE! BAJA 1000 HERE! For more information about HPD and the company's racing plans, Stay Tuned HERE!