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Honda announces new tech center, USAC partnership in Indy

May 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Honda’s two North American arms has been in the news with two major announcements this week related to its IndyCar program.

On Wednesday, Honda Performance Development officially opened its Indiana Tech Center in Brownsburg, Ind. The facility features a full-scale DIL (Driver-in-the-Loop) Simulator. Construction began in 2012.

A DIL Simulator can save racing teams both time and money, as extensive test programs can be run through the simulator, with the team’s driver at the wheel and engineers monitoring “lap times”, prior to going to the expense and time-consuming process of actual on-track testing.

“Because [setup] changes can be done so quickly, the DIL Simulator allows you to run through many more [chassis geometry and track condition] changes than you could perform with an actual race car,” said Gil de Ferran, Indianapolis 500 winner, Indy car champion and now a consultant to HPD.  “It also allows you to perform experiments that would be completely impractical – or highly expensive – on an actual race car.”

Meanwhile on Thursday, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced a major USAC partnership program. It will include title sponsorship of several USAC racing series and a new role as Official Engine Supplier to the Ignite Midget Series.

More information on the tech center can be found here, and on the USAC partnership, here.

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