Honda has announced plans to compete in the Daytona Prototype class of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Set to battle Nissan and Mazda, the car has a ARX-03b chassis and a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V6 engine that is based on the company's J35 V6. While most racing engines are relatively bespoke, Honda says key production-based components include the "block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, [and] fasteners." The company goes on to say the engine even uses a stock oil filter.
According to Honda Performance Development COO Steve Eriksen, "This is a great opportunity for HPD and our customer teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Adding a Daytona Prototype effort alongside the proven HPD-Honda chassis and engine combination in LMP2 provides Honda with a strong and balanced attack in the inaugural TUDOR Championship."
The car will enter competition later this month at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.