Honda Picks Up a 2018 Baja 500 Class Win With Ridgeline

Honda Ridgeline Race Truck 1 II

By Brian Normile 

Honda's factory racing team picked up a Class 7 win in this year's 50th Baja 500 with a modified Ridgeline. The Ridgeline was driven by two teams of drivers and navigators: team owner Jeff Proctor drove with navigator Evan Weller before handing the truck over driver Patrick Daily and navigator Bill Barooky.

The Ridgeline, one of five competitors in its class, crossed the finish line more than two hours ahead of its nearest competitor for Honda's second class win in the last three years. A Ridgeline also won the 540-mile race in 2016, and another finished in — a relatively disappointing — third place last year. The Team Honda Racing Ridgeline completed the course in slightly more than 14 1/2 hours. The first vehicle to cross the finish line, Rob Mac Cachren's Ford Trophy Truck, did the race in 11 hours and 21 minutes — but that's like comparing apples to cocaine.

The grueling off-road race is divided into five classes for trucks, cars and buggies, motorcycles, quads and utility task vehicles, with several subclasses for various levels of driver experience and vehicle specifications.

The Ridgeline competes in Class 7, which is for six-cylinder trucks and SUVs that retain a production appearance (but as you might expect, are quite modified with advanced suspension technology and safety gear). Naturally aspirated engines are limited to 4.5 liters of displacement, while turbo- and supercharged engines typically max out at 3.5 liters. Vehicle and engine manufacturer must also be the same, so no ultra-wild body or engine combinations here.

If you're interested, you can find the rest of the results over at the official Baja 500 site. If you need me, I'll be figuring out how I can compete in or at least watch next year's race.

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@ James
I never said I wanted a ZR2 and you never had a point, your just blabbing cuz you don't like the ZR2. I brought up Black Bear because you thought it was something to talk about Imogene, which is an easy-to moderate trail...The ZR2 would go over Imogene without even using the lockers, so it was the flat land drivers not being confident in themselves, not the truck. Like I said I don't even want a ZR2. I agree with your last statement on stock trucks being gimmicks, but come on, this thing doesn't just have an off-road sticker on the side. You can't buy much that's more capable than the ZR2 off-road.

The producer has actually promoted it to be. However most of the time, for you to get a device that will supply performance.

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