Honda will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an LMP2 race car.
The new Honda-powered HPD ARX-04b debuted earlier this year at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and will be driven by Verizon IndyCar Series race winner and former Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson at the 2015 Pikes Peak event.
According to the Japanese automaker, the HPD ARX-04b will be the first full-carbon monocoque vehicle ever sanctioned for Pikes Peak entry and will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. Competing in the Unlimited Class, Honda admits that this is an “exploratory effort” and wants to see how the race car’s chassis adapts to the rigors of the climb, as well as how the high altitude affects the production-based V6 engine.
The HPD ARX-04b was developed through a joint effort between HPD and Wirth Research and features energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency with the ability to quick change the front and rear bodywork.
The 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on June 28.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun driving the Honda ARX-04b up the hill and giving it everything I’ve got,” Wilson said.