This past weekend the Honda Ridgeline Baja Truck competed in the SCORE Baja 1000 and came away with a Class 2 victory.
Earlier this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Honda revealed the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck that was not only a preview of the new 2017 Ridgeline, but it was also a heavily modified race truck that was going to compete in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000. This past weekend the Ridgeline Baja Truck competed in the race and came away with a Class 2 victory.
The Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body that takes inspiration from the next-generation Honda Ridgeline. Key design cues drawn from the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile. The truck is powered by a twin-turbocharged 550 horsepower, 3.5-liter HR35TT engine that uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the V6 engine that will power the 2017 Ridgeline.
Built jointly by Honda Performance Development, the North American motorsports arm of American Honda, and the Proctor Racing Group, the tube-frame Unlimited Class 2 off-road Ridgeline Baja Race Truck competed in the grueling 821-mile loop that started and finished in Ensenada, Mexico. Less than half of the 239-competitor starting field finished this year’s Baja event, but the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck ran trouble-free, completing the event in 25 hours, nine minutes and 47 seconds. The driving trio consisted of Jeff Proctor, Sage Marie and Jason LaFortune.
“The course was extremely tough today, and it seemed like Baja threw everything it could at us, but the Ridgeline ran flawlessly all day,” said Proctor, driver and owner of Proctor Racing Group. “We couldn’t be happier with how it performed on its maiden voyage.”