Wednesday, November 7, 2007
More SEMA Hondas! S2000 Endurance Racer and 1 Lap Odyssey!
It's not very often these days that major manufacturers get behind grassroots club racing, and it's even less often that we see factory support at endurance road racing events, which are too few and far between in this country.
Honda is a company who "gets it", probably because there are actually a few real car guys hiding behind some of those imposing corporate suits.
Those real car guys, wherever they are, are the ones responsible for cars like the new 2008 Honda S2000 CR (we think it stands for "Club Racer"), which will make its racing debut next month in our neck of the woods at NASA's 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
This isn't the first time Honda has fielded cars at the 25 Hour: in 2005 they prepared two Civic Si's, finishing 1st and 2nd in class and a very respectable 4th and 6th overall!
We applaud Honda's effort to provide factory support to racers and track day enthusiasts: it shows their commitment to people like us, and that's what we like to see. Bravo Honda!
But it was also apparent that there are some twisted souls in the great unknown that is Honda's R&D laboratory. Apparently they live down in good ol' Alabama (10-4 Cletus!)...and after a long afternoon sniffing paint fumes, someone thought it would be a good idea to whip up this turbocharged, six-speed Odyssey race car...err...van. Well, more power to them, I say. This beast finished 33rd overall out of 88 entries in the '07 One Lap of America! Not bad at all.