Honda Rearview Report: February 4 - February 8, 2019
"Acura’s performance heritage and focus were really center stage this week as we celebrated the 30-year history of NSX and a new multi-year partnership with the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The newly minted Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is a race with its own amazing performance heritage, now 45 years running. With our sales headquarters and Acura Design Studio just up the road in Torrance, California, the LBGP is kind of our second "home" race on the IMSA and IndyCar circuit – the other being the Acura Sportscar Challenge at Mid-Ohio, just up the road from where we develop and build the vast majority of Acura models we sell in America.
At the Chicago Auto Show, we raised a glass to NSX – the car that really solidified Acura’s performance direction and sports car cred. Today’s NSX takes its own challenging direction to performance, but like the original, it keeps the driver and the driving experience as the centerpiece of its design and technology. That’s the essence of Acura, and I really couldn’t imagine where we’d be today without NSX as our guiding light.
Thanks to everyone who took a few moments to celebrate with us in Chicago and Long Beach. It was a really special and exciting week for Acura. And we look forward to seeing the Team Penske Acura ARX-05 in action on the streets of Long Beach!"
Honda Engines Expands Mini-Four Stroke Engine Lineup
The Honda GX50 Engine: The Power Evolution of the Mini-Four Stroke
More than 20 years ago, Honda introduced its GX22 and GX31 Mini-Four Stroke engines, models that would, for the first time, be used to power handheld power equipment. In a market previously dominated by two-stroke engines, Honda developed the industry's first 360-degree inclinable four-stroke models, and the company's successful product development continued with the 2002 launch of the Honda GX25 and GX35 Mini-Four Strokes. These engines, with a higher output and more lightweight than the GX22 and GX31, incorporated an advanced design including a cross-flow combustion chamber, providing a wide, smooth range of torque unique to four-stroke technology. State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques have reduced the number of moving parts, and many of these techniques have resulted in reduced engine weight and smoother operation for the end user.