ZL1 vs. GT-R Showdown
Watch our in-depth test pitting the new Camaro ZL1 against the Nissan
GT-R in an asphalt throw-down worthy of the UFC. Get more from our ZL1 vs.
GT-R test at: http://bit.ly/xvNOr6
Exclusive Feature: Stutz & Chevrolet at 100
How much difference does 100 years make in the evolution of a sports car?
To find out, we take a 1914 Stutz Bearcat and a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Grand Sport convertible out to play. Read the exclusive special feature at:
HPD CR-Z Racer
The hybrid CR-Z Racer pairs a turbocharged and intercooled version of its
1.5-liter 4-cylinder with reworked electric assist utilizing
nickel-cobalt-magnesium batteries. Read more: http://bit.ly/ncyMig
From Start to Finish - How Accords are Built
Have you ever wondered how a car comes together? Honda's auto production
plant in Marysville, Ohio, welcomes you inside to find out how a Honda
Accord goes from rolls of steel to a shiny new vehicle ready to provide a
fun-driving experience. In between, you get a chance to see how thousands
of Ohioans make it happen every day.
Honda of South Carolina ATV Plant Tour
We recently had an opportunity to visit Honda of South Carolina and explore
almost every nook and cranny of the impressive facility.
The full story -
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Kumamoto, Watch the VFR1200F being assembled
Birthplace of the VFR 1200F
Kumamoto The mother ship of Honda motorcycle factories
One of the most modern and environmentally factories in Japan.
Watch the VFR1200 being assembled
Production line is 130 meters long producing one motorcycle every 90
NASA HPD Honda Challenge Buttonwillow Driver: Jeremy Croiset
Driver: Jeremy Croiset Car: Honda CRX Class: H2
Crew: Felix Jimenez, Jorge Garcia, Frankie Ho, and Robert Bawdon.
Second NASA Socal HPD Honda Challenge Event of 2011 season at Buttonwillow
Raceway. Some fantastic racing with Edik.
Sat, April 9, 2011
2013 Honda - 1.6 i-DTEC Engine Production Line
Honda Adds High Performance, Low Emission, Small Diesel Engine to the Civic
The new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is the first engine from Honda's
Earth Dreams Technology series to be launched in Europe. The engine will be
introduced on the Civic at the beginning of 2013. Combining competitive
power (120 PS) and class-leading torque (300 Nm @ 2000 rpm) with CO2
emissions of just 94 g/km the new Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC offers impressive
fuel economy and performance.
"The key focus of our Earth Dreams Technology philosophy is to balance
environmental efficiency with the dynamic performance expected of a Honda,"
says Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for all Civic models in Europe
including the 1.6-litre i-DTEC. "It is important that our cars are fun to
"This is a new approach from the ground up," Tetsuya Miyake, Project Leader
for the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine. "There were no benchmarks for us because
those targets would have been too low. We were determined to establish a
benchmark of our own that our competitors would have to follow."
"Developing this engine has been all about smart, pure engineering," says
Suehiro Hasshi. "Our motivation has been to make many small detail
improvements that, together, make a major difference. That is the challenge
and the beauty of the Earth Dreams Technology philosophy."
The new 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine has been specifically designed for the
European market, to meet growing customer demand for low emission diesel
engines. The new engine will be uniquely built for the European market at
Honda's European manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK. Demonstrating the
importance of this new diesel engine to Honda's sales plans in Europe, a
new purpose built diesel engine production line has been installed at Honda
of the UK Manufacturing (HUM). This new line is capable of producing up to
500 diesel engines in one day. Operating on a two shift pattern this
equates to 1 engine every 138 seconds. The new line will produce both the
new 1.6-litre i-DTEC and the existing 2.2-litre i-DTEC engines.
The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine will also be applied to the new CR-V
(also built at HUM) later in 2013, and the Earth Dreams Technology
philosophy will be applied to all of Honda's power trains in the future.
The New Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC: The Engine in Detail
Lightest Diesel Engine in its class
Honda's new 1.6-litre i-DTEC is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head
joined to an open deck aluminium block. It is the lightest diesel engine in
its class, weighing 47kg less than Honda's 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine.
All the individual components have been redesigned to minimise their weight
and size and advanced production techniques have helped reduce weight even
The thickness of the cylinder walls has been reduced to 8mm, compared with
9mm for the 2.2-litre i-DTEC. This is an exceptional achievement for a
diesel engine. In addition, lighter pistons and connection rods have been
utilised in the 1.6-litre i-DTEC.
Reduced Mechanical Friction
The key target for Honda's development engineers was to reduce the
mechanical friction of the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine to the level equivalent
of a petrol engine. "All the rotating parts have been carefully optimised
to reduce their friction," says Tetsuya Miyake. For example, a shorter and
thinner piston skirt has been used. At 1500rpm, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC has
around 40% less mechanical friction than the 2.2-litre i-DTEC.
"This not only reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency; it also
improves the engine's response, both on and off the throttle, making the
car more fun to drive. We have reduced the mechanical friction of the
engine to the level equivalent of an existing petrol engine, which is an
The 4th generation Garrett turbocharger
used on the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine features an efficient variable-nozzle
design and its rotational speed is precisely controlled by the car's
electronics, minimising turbo lag and
providing an optimal combination of low- to mid-range pull and high-speed
performance. The turbo has a maximum Boost pressure of 1.5bar.
Efficient Fuel Injection System and Air Flow
Honda's 1.6 i-DTEC uses a Bosch solenoid injection system which is capable
of operating at a high pressure of 1800bar. A high fuel pressure means that
the fuel is injected at a faster
rate and the finer the atomization of the fuel spray. This improves the
fuel mixing with the air resulting in a cleaner and more efficient
combustion helping to achieve the low emissions and fuel consumption.
Honda's engineers have also worked to improve the volumetric efficiency of
the cylinders, employing a high intake flow and a high swirl head port
precisely controlling the combustion process to reduce hot spots that
create unwanted emissions. The engine air flow is managed by using an EGR
(Exhaust gas recirculation) system
that operates at high and low pressure to reduce NOx emissions.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing New Civic 2012
Honda celebrates the start of New Civic Production and announces 500 new
jobs as Swindon plant doubles production volume
Honda today starts the mass production of the New Civic as normal
production resumes at its Swindon car plant, Honda of the UK Manufacturing
Ltd (HUM), announcing the creation of 500 new jobs to meet a forecasted
production increase in 2012.
Honda Motor Europe President Manabu Nishimae speaking at the ceremony said
Honda remained totally committed to building cars and engines in Europe
with Swindon at the heart of Honda's European manufacturing activities and
this is further demonstrated today with the launch of the New Civic. He
added that Honda in Europe had turned a corner with a significant
production increase expected in 2012.
Announcing 500 new jobs, HUM Director, Andy Piatek said that Car Plant 2
would return to a two shift operation in the late Spring of next year
creating a need for the new jobs in addition to the current 3,000
Associates. Recruitment will start immediately through HUM's dedicated
During his speech to Honda Associates, Honda Motor Europe President Mr
Nishimae acknowledged the workforces' resilience, "The last three years
have been extremely difficult for all of Honda's European operations. We
have faced many challenges beginning with the economic downturn through to
the two natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Throughout this period
Associates have remained committed and I am extremely proud of how they
have responded to these challenges. We will build upon our new found
strength and remain confident of our ability to achieve and succeed in the
Commenting on Honda's announcement, Prime Minister David Cameron said,
"This is great news and a tremendous Boost to the workforce, the car industry and
UK manufacturing. Honda is contributing to a real renaissance in the UK
automotive industry, we have a highly skilled workforce and we continue to
be at the forefront of new technology and development. Its success is of
great importance to our economy and we are committed to do all that we can
to see this vital industry grow and thrive."
Business Minister Mark Prisk added, "Today's announcement of the creation
of 500 new jobs on the day that production started on the next generation
of the Civic hatchback is a clear demonstration of Honda's continued
commitment to the UK.
"It is a huge vote of confidence in the skills of the Swindon workforce and
the current strength of the automotive sector. The decision reinforces the
message that the UK remains a great place to manufacture high quality
Adding to the new Civic and the already successful Jazz, next year will see
the mass production launch of the new European CR-V along with the
production introduction of a small diesel engine also to be produced at
Swindon. Production volume of cars for 2012 is forecast to double to
Honda S2000 - The Last Run
This clip was put together to show some of the steps in the S2000
production process. The editing is meant to emphasize the amount of hand
craftsmanship required to manufacture this vehicle. Seeing the gentleman
work methodically on perfecting the shape of the hardtop really puts the
price into perspective.
Apologies for the low resolution of this video. The quality is the same as
the source files. I hope you all enjoy!
Orbital - Belfast (1995 single release)
(Phil Hartnoll & Paul Hartnoll)