Honda Performance Development
Founded in 1993 and located in Santa Clarita, California, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for Honda and Acura’s high-performance racing activities in North America.
HPD oversees Acura Motorsports’ efforts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, featuring the 2019 championship-winning Acura ARX-05 prototype and Acura NSX GT3; and Honda Civic Type R customer racing efforts in IMSA’s MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series. HPD’s sports car racing effort have resulted in more than 100 race victories and multiple manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships in both prototype and GT racing.
The company’s modern-era sports car program ran under the Acura Motorsports banner from 2007-09, and as HPD and Honda from 2010-16. HPD then spearheaded Acura’s return to endurance sports car racing in 2017, culminating in the DPi Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships in 2019 for Acura Team Penske with the Acura ARX-05; and Meyer’ Shank Racing’s GTD driver and team titles with the Acura NSX GT3.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship features two styles of cars – Prototype (P), which showcases the latest automotive technology and are uniquely designed for the racetrack, and Grand Touring (GT), which is based on road-going production models. These two styles of cars make up the series’ three classes – Prototype, GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD).
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge features sports cars that are closely identifiable with those seen on the street, such as coupes, hatchbacks and sedans. Two classes make up this series – GS, the highest performing class and the intermediate TCR class.