Honda Racing Line Expands Into Karting
Continuing its mission to meet the needs of grassroots competitors who are racing Honda products, Honda Performance Development, Inc., will begin offering Honda CR125 parts and engine-rebuild kits within the United States for competition in karting's 'Spec Honda' class.
The rebuild kits and service parts will be available through the Honda Racing Line, HPD's parts and service program for licensed amateur and entry-level professional racers. Licensed kart competitors may now register for the Honda Racing Line through HondaRacingLine.com.
The Honda Racing Line provides its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport, including the IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series. This channel to factory support provides Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts via convenient web-based ordering, with expedited, door-to-door delivery.
"The Honda Racing Line was founded in 2009 with the goals of supporting existing Honda racers and helping to grow the sport at the 'grassroots' level," said HPD General Manager Marc Sours. "From the start, incorporating a karting component has been an integral part of our plan. Honda's 125cc engine has been very popular in the karting community. Through this program, we hope to make it easier and quicker for the competitor to obtain parts."
'Spec Honda' class competitors will be able to purchase a CR125 engine 'kit', containing all of the required parts to assemble a complete engine. The engine kit will include a six-speed transmission for the appropriate engine model, with 'top end' parts available for 1999-2002 engines, the most popular for karting applications. All parts will be SKUSA, Spec Honda- compliant. HPD will begin taking kit and part orders commencing with the start of the 2011 season.
The Honda Racing Line karting program will be formally launched at the 2010 SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas November 17-21, where Honda/HPD will be a sponsor of the Spec Honda S2 class. Representatives of HPD will attend the event to explain details of the new program and introduce the karting community to the Honda Racing Line. A complete Spec Honda CR125 engine also will be on display.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines.
In addition to its grassroots motorsports business, HPD is the single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series and spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009-2010 American Le Mans Series, 2010 Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.