The ASIMO project also marked an instinctive Honda philosophy – to explore our dreams through a passion for engineering. It’s this thinking that inspired our Idea Contest, an annual Honda event where employees presented their most radical designs.
This engineering spirit has led to a host of technologies that address real-world problems. For example, our RC213V-S road going superbike is home to state of the art position-detection technology – developed through the ASIMO project. And our High-Access Survey Robot used ASIMO’s limb control technologies to work in areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant considered too dangerous for humans. There are plenty more inventions still to come – all inspired by wild engineering dreams.
Since then, we’ve built machine after machine – sent to battle it out on the toughest racetracks of the world. Shoulder to shoulder. Wheel to wheel. There have been glorious wins and devastating failures. But at the end of each race, we’ve brought home as many invaluable lessons as we have trophies.
We responded with the Honda HR-V – a sleek, agile, and versatile little number with bags of room. It was made possible by cleverly configuring its design with a central fuel tank, which ensures it has the efficiency of a saloon with the comfort of a car twice its size. Quite remarkable, really.
Coupled with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the new NSX’s sport hybrid power unit incorporates three electric motors.
Two help power each front wheel for instantaneous torque. The third electric motor sits between the engine and gearbox, and boosts acceleration, braking and transmission performance.
Since then, we aimed to redefine the business jet from the ground up. Over the last 20 years, we established a HondaJet research facility, then went on to make countless test flights of engine and fuselage designs. Then in 2014, the production spec HondaJet took to the skies with its very first flight.
After tasting success in motorcycle racing, Mr Honda’s ambition turned to Formula One™: the fastest motorsport on four wheels. It demands not just speed, but intuitive engineering that keeps pace with the sport’s ever-changing demands.
Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, we relished one of our most triumphant periods of F1™ success. We not only claimed four Drivers’ Championships, 44 Grand Prix wins, 53 pole positions, and 30 fastest laps with McLaren, but with the help of Williams, Honda won six consecutive Constructors’ titles, too. It was the result of engineering superiority and the talents of now legendary racing drivers.