HONDA: A STORY ON FOUR WHEELS

Not everyone knows that Honda, which was officially born as a motorcycle manufacturer in 1948, started producing cars only fifty years ago. Let's discover together the history of this innovative four-wheel product from the Japanese company.

HONDA: A STORY ON FOUR WHEELS

Honda's adventure in the automotive world began early in the year, when the Japanese brand, which had become the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer, decided to expand its business.

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The Japanese government did not want its country to have too many four-wheel-drive car manufacturers, and in 1961 enacted a law that only approved couples that had been in effect for some time. Founder Soichiro Honda was absent and quick to react, presenting two entirely new models at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1962: the small van T360 and the sportsman S360... And that's not all: in one interview, he announced his desire to debut in F1 .

F1 DEBUT

La Honda he made his Formula 1 debut in 1964 at the German Grand Prix with a pilot from the United States. Ronnie Bucknum but the results began to be interesting in the following years: in 1965 came the first victory - in Mexico with the Yankees. Richie Gunther - while in 1967 Britain's John Surtez rose to the highest step of the podium in Italy. The first adventure of the Japanese company in Circus ended in 1968, when a transalpine driver was killed in France while driving a Japanese car. Joe Schlesser.

MASS PRODUCTION

The success of the sport allowed the Japanese brand to make a name for itself even in the automotive arena: in 1967 the N360 city car and in 1970, when the company's small business produced one million units, Honda also began exporting its cars to Italy.

CONQUER THE UNITED STATES

La Honda conquered the US market mainly because of the CVCC technology introduced in the Civic in 1972 and built to comply with the strict US pollution control regulations in effect since 1975. In addition, the system is licensed to other manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford e Isuzu.

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND BACK TO SPORTS

The first cooperation agreement signed by a Japanese company dates back to 1979, when Honda signed a partnership with the British giant. British Leyland (to which the Austin brand, Pirates e Triumph) belongs. The first fruit of this "friendship" was a sedan. Ballads - cousins of cheers - were introduced in 1986, when the first models were equipped with four-wheel steering.

in 1983 Honda instead returned to F1but only as a supplier of engines to the Serbian Spirit (with whom he achieved his first success in the United States the following year thanks to a Finnish driver Keke Rosberg).

The Japanese brand's palm tree as an engineer from 1983 to 1992 was simply outstanding: eleven world championships - five pilots (three with Brazilian players). Ayrton Senna and one with Brazil's Nelson Piquet and Frenchman Alain Prost) and six constructors (four with McLaren and two with ) - and 69 wins.

NINE TENS

In the early nineties of the last century Honda presented its most iconic models: in 1990 it was the turn of the NSX super car, in 1991 it was the fifth (prettiest) generation of the compact Civic and in 1992 the third series of sports cars was presented. CRX, characterized by the ability to remove metal roofs.

In the period from 1996 to 2001, the engine of the Japanese brand won five titles in the American series. Champ Car (two with us Alex Zanardi) and in 1998 - to commemorate half a century of the brand's life - the S2000 spider was equipped with a naturally aspirated 2,000 engine with a capacity of 240 hp.

PRESENT

In the xnumx century Honda paid special attention to the environment and launched many hybrid models: two generations of the Civil Insight (first, actually, born in 1999) and the CR-Z coupe... Not forgetting the little jazz designed to make dual-fuel vehicles available for the general public.

However, the world of sport has not been forgotten: in 2000, the Japanese company returned as a supplier of engines in F1 for BAR but the best result was achieved when in 2006 - the year of his return as a manufacturer - England's Jenson Button won in Hungary.

In the American Honda race he did better – from 2004 to 2013 he was the machine himself won nine IndyCar titles and nine Indianapolis 500s – and this year he stood out at the world constructors' championship. WTCC was conquered by Civilians.

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