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Honda launches crate engine and controls package

Turbocharged K20C1 engine program designed for motorsports and off-highway usage

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We tend to think of “crate” engines as powerful V8s used in custom cars and resto-mods. But crate engines also can be used for motorsports and off-highway applications, Honda Performance Development points out as it announces a limited-edition crate engine and controls package. 

The HPD-developed controls package and K20C1 crate engine will be available May 1, according to the news release. The K20C1 is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerplant.

“For years, Honda racing enthusiasts and fans have watched as the turbocharged K20C1 engine served as a staple in the HPD lineup of racing vehicles; powering HPD’s Type R TC and Type R TCR race cars as well as the successful F4 U.S. Championship and FR Americas Championship series,” the news release reports.

“In previous years, HPD’s K20C1 engine was made exclusively available to Honda Racing Line members and race teams. Now, for the first time, any driver who dreams of victory can experience the adrenaline and belonging that powers Honda on the track with their very own HPD Crate Engine Package, specifically designed for easy, affordable and reliable swap applications.”

Honda Performance Development says each of the crate engines comes with “an engine long block, alternator, turbocharger, and starter motor. Included within the Controls Package will be an HPD-developed ECU, engine swap harness, and accelerator pedal. Developed with ease-of-use in mind, the HPD ECU will be pre-tuned for convenient installation into a wide range of vehicles designated for off-highway applications, providing customers with HPD’s proven reliability and enhanced performance in their own racing vehicles.”

“We at HPD are proud to offer Honda power in an affordable and versatile package,” John Whiteman, manager of HPD Commercial Motorsports, is quoted. 

“Our K20C1 engines have won many races in club and professional series and is now available for a wide range of applications. The new limited-edition crate engine package is part of HPD’s strategy to leverage our pinnacle expertise for the benefit of Honda fans of all ages and motorsports categories.”

The turbo

The news release says the new packages will be available from HPD dealers, who also will offer technical support for custom installations:

* United Speed Racing

* Science of Speed

* Mountune USA

* 4Piston Racing

HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Company and provides parts and support for racing from go-karts to Indy cars.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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