Hendrick Honda Bradenton
Unlike many trucks, which use body-on-frame design, Ridgeline features unit-body construction. This uses different strengths of steel throughout the entire structure — higher grades of steel where it’s needed — and then it’s completely welded and/or bonded together to create an extremely rigid structure. Benefits of unit-body construction include a lower floor height making loading cargo and getting in and out easier, improved isolation from wind noise and vibration and better driving characteristics.
Ridgeline features a powerful, 280-horsepower direct-injected engine that not only provides brisk acceleration, passing power and towing capacity, but also is impressively efficient for a truck.*
- Towing capacity: 5,000 lbs. (AWD) – 3,500 lbs. (2WD)*
- 262 lb-ft. of torque*
- Variable Cylinder ManagementTM (VCM®)
- 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
- Eco-Assist System™
- Hill Start Assist®
- High-Capacity Radiator with 2 High-Power Fans
The evolution of the Honda product is a synergy of engineering, technology and rigorous design and testing and human factors....to name a few. I felt this article illustrates a couple facets of that synergy.
- Honda R&D Japan-led effort sets FIA Class record of 261.875 mph-
- Fastest speed ever recorded for a Honda vehicle-
- Volunteer team surpasses previous mark set by Honda F1 car-
TORRANCE, California, September 21, 2016 - Honda products have won dozens of motorsports championships throughout the world, dominating competition at legendary venues from Indianapolis to Monaco, and on surfaces ranging from the sands of Dakar to the dirt of Carlsbad.
But this past week, an intrepid group of young Honda engineers took to the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah to post the fastest speed ever recorded for a Honda vehicle.
Not only did the Honda engineers post a new FIA World Record of 261.875 mph (1 mile), 261.966 mph (1km) for a vehicle in its class (Category-A Group-1 Class-4), it posted a speed faster than any Honda-powered car ever including the record established by BAR Honda F1 car at Bonneville in 2006, by using a 660cc engine based on the three-cylinder powerplant designed for the Honda S660 sports car.
The project "Bonneville Speed Challenge" was internally announced at Honda R&D in Japan in 2015 and 16 members were chosen from a pool of 100 volunteers, including the project leader Keisuke Tsuta, to build the car that would be known as the Honda S-Dream. The goal of the project was very simple: "Achieve world speed record with 660cc engine."
The team carefully re-investigated every part of the S660 engine and renewed many of them including cylinder block, pistons, crankshaft and valves in hopes of coaxing more than three times the power for which it was designed. Additions such as the replacement of the lower block with a steel unit and reinforced connecting rods gave the unit the rigidity it would need to withstand the record run, and the car completed several test runs in Japan before heading to the U.S.
But as can happen when building racing machines, an unforeseen problem popped up once the team made its first test run on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Test driver Hikaru Miyagi returned after his run and told the team that he could not see properly through the narrow canopy.
The vision had not been a problem on the test track due to the abundance of landmarks and road marking, but on the bleach-white expanse of the salt flats, the former Japan motorcycle champion was having trouble keeping the car pointed in the right direction.
So the team took the car back to Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, California where they restyled the canopy and most parts of the upper body just 10 days before the first day of the Bonneville.
The Honda S-Dream made several strong runs at Bonneville Speed Weeks but was unable to reach the record speed that it sought. But soon after the conclusion of Speed Weeks, Honda was officially invited to Mike Cook's shoot out at Bonneville to take another run at the record.
The team broke the FIA record mark with a run of 227.776 mph on the first day of the shootout, then went quicker on subsequent runs until officially topping out at 261.875 mph (1 mile), 261.966 mph (1km). In fact, the team reached 266 mph on one of its runs late in the event, but was unable to duplicate the speed on the return run as required to set an official mark.
With the run of 261.875 mph (1 mile), 261.966 mph (1km), the Honda S-Dream has surpassed the record BAR Honda F1 machine established at Bonneville in 2006 to become the fastest Honda car ever.
Here's a site well worth visiting. In lieu of a trip to Japan please follow the link below. Pretty sure we'll be seeing a lot more virtual reality ports on the internet in the very near future.
Honda Collection Hall
“Machines never lie.
Success will always come if they’re really good.
So let’s show the world what we’ve done.
Then they can see the real Honda!”
- Founder Soichiro Honda at the inception of the Honda Collecti on Hall.
All the machines on display at the Honda Collection Hall embody the dreams and passion of not
only the people who founded Honda, but also everyone who has ever used and come to love a Honda product.Please Click Here
Honda's LEGACY BEGAN WITH A PIECE OF SHEET METAL AND A DREAM.
Meet Serial One, the first Honda automobile imported to the U.S. It was one of the first Honda test vehicles for America and it’s getting a new life as Honda brings it back to its original glory. After collecting dust in a junk pile for nearly 50 years, it’s safe to say this hidden gem has seen better days. Through fate, this vehicle found its way to the only man who could bring it back to life, Tim Mings. Tim has owned and restored over 300 of these vehicles, but none as special as Serial One. During this 12- to 18-month rebuild, we will be documenting Mings’ progress and sharing some special surprises along the way. Have your attention? Check this out: http://www.serialone.com/
The Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program is proud to support the mobility needs of drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. Honda will provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000 to each eligible, original retail customer for expenses incurred to purchase and install qualifying adaptive equipment on any eligible purchased or leased Honda vehicle.
Adapting Your Vehicle
Honda suggests that you request a copy of the Department of Transportation brochure "Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities." Copies are available by visiting www.nhtsa.gov.
The process includes these steps:
- Determine your state's driver's license requirements.
- Evaluate your needs - Contact the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) for further information.
- Select the right vehicle - Consult with your evaluator, an adaptive installer and your local Honda dealer to determine the best Honda model to meet your needs.
- Choose a qualified mobility equipment installer - Shop around and ask about qualifications, capabilities, experience, warranty coverage and service. Confirm that they are members of NMEDA.
- Obtain training on the use of the new equipment - When this process is complete, follow the guidelines and complete and submit an application for assistance to recover up to $1,000 of the cost of your adaptive equipment and/or conversion.
For all of the information, online...Please Click Here
With all the great technology that is embodied in any of the latest Honda cars and trucks, information resources need to be 24/7....AND THEY ARE.
If you haven't registered yet...anytime is a good time to do so. Did you know that you can register for free to get these online resources:
Schedule service appointments
Buy Genuine Parts and Accessories.
Get recall information.
Order an owner's manual.
Learn more about these benefits and more at the Honda Owners Site
This makes Honda's investment in America obvious:
Last year more than 99 percent of Hondas sold in America were made in America (using domestic and globally sources parts). No wonder three Honda models – Accord, Odyssey, and Pilot – recently snagged spots on the American-Made Index (AMI) from Cars.com.
Usually the AMI includes the top 10 cars made in the U.S., but this year only eight cars met the criteria. The list rates vehicles produced and purchased in the U.S., taking into account factors such as the percentage of parts used for the car that are considered domestic, cars assembled in the U.S. and U.S. sales. Models with a domestic-part content of less than 75 percent were disqualified as were models built exclusively outside of the country, information from Cars.com said.
Taking those ratings into consideration, the Accord was named second on the AMI, followed by the Odyssey at fourth and the Pilot in fifth.
Where Are They Made?
Below, find out where Honda’s North American models are currently made.
Honda of America Mfg., Marysville Auto Plant, Marysville, Ohio
Honda Accord Sedan
Honda Accord Coupe
Honda of America Mfg., East Liberty Plant, East Liberty, Ohio
Acura MDX (beginning in 2017)
Honda of America Mfg., Performance Manufacturing Center, Marysville, Ohio
Honda is in the business of moving you in every sense of the word. Honda has developed intelligent technologies that enrich lives and make the world more fun to move around in — on the road, on the water, in the air and beyond. Our driving inspiration will always be to enhance the joy and freedom of mobility for all.
Mobility Today and Tomorrow
What will the future of mobility look like? At our advanced North American facilities, we’re building exciting answers to that question. The Power of Dreams is about watching these answers come to life. The Honda UNI-CUB mobility device was featured in a video by alternative rock band OK Go. Watch now.
Honda is committed to the safety of its customers—and everybody else on the road. To help keep all drivers safe, Honda has developed suites of features that assist drivers in lowering the risk of collisions. It's as if Honda stepped into the realm of making vehicles that think.Conventional cruise control has always been welcome on long highway trips but is of little use on an urban driver’s daily commute. Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed but also maintain a desired following interval to a vehicle detected ahead so you enjoy the benefits of cruise control in light traffic.*To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, Honda developed the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™). Powered by a combination of radar transmitter and forward-facing camera, the CMBS™ determines the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead. If the system determines there is a potential for a crash, it will alert the driver to take action via audible and visual warnings and, in some models, a light tug of the seat belt. If the driver does reduce speed or take other avoidance actions, the CMBS™ will begin light braking.
If the system senses that a frontal collision is unavoidable, and even if no prior alerts have been given or light braking applied, the CMBS™ will automatically apply strong braking to help reduce the impact velocity and collision force; in some models, the front seat belts also will be tightened to help ensure proper occupant positioning.*
If momentarily distracted, a state-of-the-art warning system can alert the driver to a potentially dangerous situation ahead. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system—using both visual and audible warning—alerts the driver to a potential collision with a vehicle detected ahead. FCW can detect vehicles directly in front of the vehicle. If the distance between the two vehicles is diminishing, the system compares the vehicles’ current speeds to determine if a collision may occur.
To alert the driver to apply the brakes, FCW issues a beeping sound and flashes an amber “Brake” message in the Multi-Information Display. To avoid unnecessary warnings, the FCW will not operate at speeds below 3 mph.*
Using a forward-facing camera mounted above the inside rear view mirror, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) works proactively to keep the vehicle centered in a detected lane. If the LKAS system has been engaged and you start to drift away from the middle of the lane, it will gently apply steering torque and help guide the car back to the center of the lane.
The system will not steer the car indefinitely. If it senses no steering input from the driver for a certain period of time, the system presents a message instructing the driver to begin steering again.*
The Road Departure Mitigation system uses a camera to identify lane markers such as painted lane lines, Botts Dots and cat eye markers. When the system detects the vehicle is about to leave the road or lane marked by solid lines, it warns the driver with visual and audible warnings; on some models, it will also tug the front seat belt.
If the driver fails to take action and the system determines the vehicle had crossed outside of the marked lane, it can apply moderate torque to the steering in an attempt to guide the vehicle back into its detected lane. If it determines that steering assistance will not suffice, it will apply braking to help keep the vehicle from leaving the roadway altogether.*