Honda DP engine on schedule for Sebring 12 Hours debut

Honda DP engine on schedule for Sebring 12 Hours debut

IMSA

Honda DP engine on schedule for Sebring 12 Hours debut

By

Its existence has yet to be officially confirmed by Honda, but that hasn’t stopped the brand from continuing to prepare a Daytona Prototype version of its championship-winning P2 engine for use in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.

 

RACER has learned the direct-injected 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which stood a decent chance of making its debut during next week’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, will now appear during Round 2 in March at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

 

Efforts to have the engine benchmarked and homologated prior to the Rolex 24 by IMSA, the sanctioning body for the TUDOR Championship, have been postponed until after the season-opening race has been completed. As RACER has confirmed, once that process has been completed, Honda Performance Development will be afforded ample time to perform track testing with the engine, which was not an option leading into the Rolex 24.

 

The versatile powerplant will be put through the paces in a Riley chassis, and the car is expected to use the generic “Gen 3” DP bodywork, rather than utilize a custom Honda-themed shell akin to what Chevy and Ford have commissioned for their respective DP products.

 

Provided no delays are encountered, the DP version of the Acura MDX/RDX-derived P2 engine would account for its fifth motorsports application.

 

In addition to the DP and P2 versions, the engine will power Acura’s new-for-2014 Pirelli World Challenge TLX GT entry, was used in Honda’s slightly mad Pikes Peak Odyssey and it’s also the basis for the engine Honda’s Japanese Super GT CR-Z GT300 program.

 

Three DP engine manufacturers are currently represented in the TUDOR Championship’s Prototype class, with V8s from Steve Dinan-built BMWs and Earnhardt Childress Racing-built Chevys and Ford’s twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost from Roush Yates Engines. Honda’s HPD-prepared twin-turbo V6s would increase the tally to four.

 

IMSA TUNE-IN:

Tune in for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona at the following times:

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

2-4 p.m. ET on FOX (Live)
4-9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (Live)
 
Overnight (Jan. 25-26)
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ET on IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
 
Sunday, Jan. 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on FOX Sports 1 (Live)

 

Tune in for the Daytona season opener at the following time:

Friday, Jan. 24

6 p.m. on FOX Sports 2 (Same Day)

More RACER