Honda initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports

12.01.2018: Honda has been making active efforts to expand the popularity of motorsports. In order to convey the fascination of motorsports to a broader range of people, Honda has been conducting various events and activities including ones that can

Honda has been making active efforts to expand the popularity of motorsports. In order to convey the fascination of motorsports to a broader range of people, Honda has been conducting various events and activities including ones that can be enjoyed more casually by those people who are not yet so familiar with motorsports.



<One-make race sponsored by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)>



HRC is hosting more than 300 one-make races a year at approximately 20 circuits throughout Japan under two categories of races with different purposes -- to simply enjoy motorsports and to foster future MotoGP riders.



The NSF100 HRC Trophy is a mini-bike class one-make race which features the NSF100 a mass-market road racer of HRC. There are two classes in this race – a class for adult riders to enjoy and a class to foster junior riders who will strive for the world.



Moreover, the HRC GROM Cup featuring the mass-market GROM was added as a class that is easier for riders to participate in even for those who never raced before. GROM Cup races are held mostly at mini-bike circuits throughout Japan.



The CBR250R Dream Cup is a one-make race featuring the CBR250R, a mass-market Honda motorcycle model, and has two classes – a beginners’ class and an expert class for more advanced riders. In 2017, HRC began hosting CBR250RR Dream Cup which features mass-market CBR250RR model and attracting riders who desire for a higher speed range.



Moreover, Honda has been hosting the HRC NSF250R Challenge which features the NSF250R, a mass-market Honda road racer model. The Japanese local championship for this race is held together with the race in the J-GP3 class at each circuit where J-GP3 is held. Small and limited modifications to the standard vehicle (HRC factory spec) are allowed, which helps to curb the running cost, thereby enabling a full-fledged racing experience at a lower cost.



HRC one-make race series is being held at a number of circuits throughout Japan. In addition, HRC has been hosting some Japan-wide races (at Suzuka or Motegi) for riders who fulfill certain conditions and offering support for riders to step up through training classes. In other words, HRC one-make race series has been a stage where participants can enjoy the races and/or strive to realize their dreams.



HRC will continue supporting these programs, while making these racing machines available in the market.




Honda Sports & Eco Program




In 2012, Mobilityland Corporation and M-TEC Co., Ltd. jointly started the Honda Sports & Eco Program, a participatory motorsports program, under the theme of “eco-friendly sports driving.”



This program is designed to provide participants with a lighthearted experience of enjoying the fun of “driving, upskilling and competing,” behind the wheel of a rental Honda car with racing specifications provided to each participant through the program, toward the ultimate goal of promoting coexistence of the environment and sports driving.



The program has been providing a four-step school program which enables motorsports beginners to strive for their racing debut with peace of mind as well as a four-times-a-year racing program for all levels of drivers. Moreover, the price structure of this program allows more people, including beginners and skilled sports drivers alike, to casually experience motorsports, making the program even more attractive to everyone.




<FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup>



In addition to Mobilityland Corporation and SUGO Co., Ltd., Okayama International Circuit will begin hosting the FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup, a one-make race featuring Fit. As a quasi-domestic rank race approved by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF), “Suzuka/Okayama Touring Car Championship” and “Motegi/Sugo Touring Car Championship” will be held this year.




<N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP>



N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP is a participatory motorsports program that utilizes the N-ONE mini-vehicle that has proven popular with a large number of customers. With the aim of letting many motorsports fans including racing beginners actively take part, the N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP started in 2014, taking the form of a sprint race with commercially available vehicles licensed for public roads.



With this existing concept that has proven popular, this motorsports event will again be held at eight circuits spread around Japan: Suzuka Circuit, Twin Ring Motegi, Okayama International Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Autopolis International Racing Course, Sportsland SUGO, Tokachi Speedway and the new addition of Tsukuba Circuit in Ibaraki. For these races, Honda will further enhance support provided to racing beginners.




<Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018>



Since 1981, Honda has hosted the Honda Eco Mileage Challenge, an event focused on the environment. Participants combine their creativity, freewheeling thinking and technology to create their own handcrafted vehicles, and then compete to see how far they can travel on one liter of fuel.



This event will mark its 38th year in 2018, and the cumulative number of teams participated since 1981 has exceeded 14,000 teams. The Honda Eco Mileage Challenge is now held not only in Japan but also in Thailand, China and Vietnam.




Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018: Schedule in Japan



Schedule     Event name     Circuit
June 9 (Sat.)     32nd Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Suzuka     East Course,
Suzuka Circuit (Mie)
June 23 (Sat.)     10th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Motegi     West Course,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)

Aug. 4 (Sat.): Practice runs
Aug. 5(Sun.): Finals
    34th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Kyushu     Circuit Course,
HSR Kyushu (Kumamoto)

Sept. 29 (Sat.): Practice runs
Sept. 30(Sun.): Finals
    38th Soichiro Honda Cup
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018
National Competition     Super Speedway,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)







<Enjoy Honda 2018>




With the aim of providing more opportunities for people to watch, participate in and enjoy activities related to Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products, the Enjoy Honda program will be held again this year as a fan appreciation event. In 2018, Enjoy Honda events will be held at nine venues: In addition to Kumamoto, Mie, Miyagi, Shizuoka, Niigata, Hokkaido, Tochigi and Okayama, the event also will be held in Kagawa Prefecture for the first time in two years.



 At Suzuka Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi, Enjoy Honda will be held on the same day as the Suzuka 2&4 Races and Motegi 2&4 Races, respectively. Enjoy Honda 2018 will include various displays and events which enable participants to feel Honda more closely, including the display of Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products as well as parent -child motorcycle lessons and a trial bike show, etc.*9



    *9The actual program will differ according to venue. For more details, visit the official Enjoy Honda website at http://www.honda.co.jp/enjoyhonda/ (Japanese only).



Enjoy Honda 2018 schedule


Schedule     Venue     Concurrent races
March 31-April 1
(Sat. – Sun.)     HSR Kyushu
(Kumamoto)    

 
April 21-22
(Sat. – Sun.)     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)     MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
May 5-6
(Sat. – Sun.)     Sun Messe Kagawa
(Kagawa)      
May 26-27
(Sat. – Sun.)     Sportsland SUGO
(Miyagi)     Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
July 7-8
(Sat. – Sun.)     Fuji International Speedway
(Shizuoka)     Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
July 14-15
(Sat. – Sun.)     Convention Center Hive Nagaoka
(Niigata)      
August 4-5
(Sat. – Sun.)     Access Sapporo
(Hokkaido)      
August 18-19
(Sat. – Sun.)     Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)     MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
September 8-9
(Sat. – Sun.)     Okayama International Circuit
(Okayama)     Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship



    * Schedule as of January 12, 2018







<Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018>


To show its appreciation to motorsports fans, Honda will again host Honda Racing THANKS DAY in 2018.




Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018 schedule


Schedule     Event     Venue
December 2, 2018 (Sun.)     Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018     Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)




<For Reference>




Mobilityland Corporation strives to contribute to the further growth of a motorsports culture in Japan by hosting various events and races. Since its opening in 1962 as the first full-scale race course in Japan, Suzuka Circuit has hosted a large number and wide variety of racing events during its rich history spanning over 50 years.



The circuit will host a multitude of events again in 2018, including the 30th F1 Grand Prix as well as the Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race which will be held as the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship. Suzuka Circuit also will host new races including Suzuka 10 hours Endurance Race which will be positioned as a global unified race of the GT3 as well as the FIA World Touring Car Cup, etc.



Twin Ring Motegi celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and continued hosting various races throughout the year including the FIM Grand Prix World Championship races, which has been a tradition since the early days of this circuit, and will host many more races and events including the FIM Trial World Championship.


In addition to international motorcycle and automobile races, the Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day to be held on March 10-11 (Sat.-Sun.) at Suzuka Circuit, both circuits continue to offer fans the opportunity to watch and experience a wealth of Japanese and international motorsports events.




Main international races to be hosted by Mobilityland



Category     Schedule     Title     Circuit
ARRC     June 1-3
(Fri. – Sun.)     2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 3 Japan     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
WCT     June 2-3
(Sat. – Sun.)     2018 FIM Trial World Championship
Round 2 STRIDER Japanese Grand Prix     Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
EWC     July 26-29
(Thu. – Sun.)     2017-2018 FIM Endurance World Championship
Final round The “Coca-Cola”



Suzuka 8 hours Endurance


Road Race – the 41th commemorative race     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
IGTC     August 23-26
(Thu. – Sun.)     The 47th Summer Endurance
Suzuka 10 hours     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
F1     October 5-7
(Fri. – Sun.)     2018 FIA Formula One World Championship
Round 17 Japanese Grand Prix     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
MotoGP     October 19-21
(Fri. – Sun.)     2018 FIM Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP)
Round 16, Grand Prix of Japan     Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
WTCR     October 26-28
(Fri. – Sun.)     2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup     Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)



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