Hear the Engine Rev on a 500-HP… Minivan?

June 5th, 2013 by

2013 Honda OdysseyIf you thought that the only vehicles that broke a few hundred horsepower were pony cars and heavy-duty pickups, you thought wrong. Honda engineers have recently revamped their famed Odyssey minivan with a powertrain that’s geared for mountain climbing, rated at over 500 hp. Now, why would anyone do that?

Well, to climb a mountain, clearly.

Pikes Peak is a Unique Race

Honda has a long and storied history in the racing world, whether it’s in traditional motorsports, the hothatch craze of the 90s, or the current rumors that they will return as an IndyCar engine supplier. At the same time, you don’t often hear of racing minivans, but the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a race of a different kind.

As it may sound like from the name, the vehicles will be competing up the steep Pikes Peak to show just what it is that these autos are capable of. The Honda Odyssey may not be the first vehicle you’d expect to see in a race such as this, but many Honda vehicles are taking part, as Honda is helping to sponsor the event.

So what’s going on under the hood of this Odyssey? The standard 3.5L V6 that powers the average Odyssey has been fitted with a Garrett GT35R turbocharger, more than doubling the vehicle’s power up to 532 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. While you surely won’t need that kind of oomph if you’re carting the kids to soccer practice, racing up Pikes Peak is a different beast.

The racing Odyssey will also be equipped with Brembo brakes, RPF1 wheels, competition springs, and more, with driving duties falling to Simon Pagenaud, who pointed out that the power driving this minivan is on par with what his normal racecar produces on a given weekend.

To learn more about the Pikes Peak event and Honda’s involvement in it – or to take an Odyssey for a test drive – contact Middletown Honda today. Better yet, just drop on by our dealership here at 520 Route 211 East. We can’t wait to see you.