Honda Performance Development, the racing division of Honda within North America, was founded in 1993.
HPD is the technical operations centre for Honda’s high performance racing activities encompassing design and development of race engines, chassis development and race support.
A new US technical facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, was opened in May 2013. An integral part of the facility, the Cruden simulator is made available to customer Honda teams competing in the IZOD Indycar series, together with Honda powered sportscar teams, ahead of a planned expansion to allow teams in other formulae to take advantage of the technology, to complement and maximise their racing activities.
“Because [setup] changes can be done so quickly, the simulator allows you to run through many more [chassis geometry and track condition] changes than you could perform with an actual race car. It also allows you to perform experiments that would be completely impractical – or highly expensive – on an actual race car.”
Gil de Ferran
Indianapolis 500 winner, Indy car champion and now a consultant to HPD
Honda Performance Development
For further information, go to www.hpd.honda.com