Honda Ridgeline Wins Class at Baja 1000

Honda Ridgeline Baja II

The first Honda Ridgeline to compete in the Unlimited Open Wheel class of the Baja 1000 endurance race took first place in that class over the weekend.

The Ridgeline race truck, a joint venture between Honda Performance Development and the Proctor Racing Group, finished the grueling high-speed desert race in exactly 25 hours, 9 minutes and 47 seconds, averaging an impressive 32.64 mph. The overall first-place finisher for the 48th Baja 1000 was Rob MacCachren in the Unlimited Trophy Truck category, finishing in just less than 16 hours.

We first saw this race rig at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, where we got a chance to do a quick walk-around video of the custom high-performance desert runner.

The HPD Ridgeline is power by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 550 horsepower and shares many of its design cues with the coming production 2016 Honda Ridgeline. To date we've seen only spy photos of the new, more traditional-looking midsize pickup, but we expect to get behind the wheel later this spring. Whether this Baja class win bodes well for the new Honda Ridgeline remains to be seen.

The three drivers who took the new Honda to the end of the 821-mile looping course (starting and finishing in Ensenada, Mexico), were Jeff Proctor, Jason LaFortune and Honda product specialist Sage Marie. We've included some of their pre-race testing photos (sans body panels) as well. 

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My Honda Foreman is more Ridgeline than that thing .

Honda running a Ford 3.5 ecoboost engine. LOL


Ridgeline my @$$! That is a Ridgeline in name only and probably shared nothing with the original just like NASCAR cars or fully modified DAKAR rally vehicles share nothing with their production version. Show me a vehicle utilising 99% of its stock parts like the Raptor was when it raced DAKAR and the BAJA 1000 and then I would be impressed.

Hey JEFF ,that is the way Ford won with the Raptor last year and also the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro in the stock class , they had no competition . Ha HA

The Toyota Tundra TRD PRO had no competition?

"The TRD Pro team finished first among four teams with a time of 35:40:40.581 according to SCORE, the sanctioning body of the race. The Toyota Land Cruiser (200 series) team came in second with a time of 36:30:06.529. The other two teams driving a Ford F-150 Raptor SVT and a Hummer H1 didn't finish."

"During the first day, the TRD Pro team was able to open a small lead over the other Toyota team. Both the Hummer and Ford teams quickly fell behind. Both of those vehicles eventually developed mechanical issues that forced them to drop out of the race. The only issue the TRD Pro team had was one tire change."

10 hours behind the F150 trophy truck.


Thanks for the old article.

"Honda running a Ford 3.5 ecoboost engine. LOL"


It's a Honda HR35TT V6 engine.

"Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD's 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the production V6 engine that will power the all-new Ridgeline."

It's only called a Ridgeline for marketing purposes.

I wonder if Honda is actually testing the durability of any components to be fitted into the next Ridgeline? I hope so.

I'd like to know what the rear end is from.

Good to see Honda supporting off road racing.

Yes, this vehicle is a molded shell on a tube frame, similar to other competition vehicles. But even if it was made from actual consumer parts, it would not get respect. How do I know? Because the vehicle that won the Stock mini class in the 2008 Baja 1000 was mostly stock consumer Ridgeline, and people riddled it too. Win as a consumer truck and get smack talk. Win as a modified truck and get smack talk. The Rodney Dangerfield of pickups.

Honda is good and Raptor should worry about it. I read that article and I am specifically proud owner of RAM.

"Skilton got stuck in silt up to the Ridgeline's doors just after the FJ's wipeout. This gave Hall a chance to gain lost ground, until Mopar driver Kent Kroeker and his Stock full-size #862 Dodge Ram pulled the #779 Ridgeline out of the sand. Skilton flew from there to victory."

That's ,what we do. We help people. We don't drag them across Canada for no reason.

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