It’s easy to make claims with respect to motorsport dominance. Porsche, for example, likes to talk about it having over 30,000 motorsport wins and thus being the most dominant manufacturer to go racing. If you’re counting spec series and club racer stuff, that’s probably true. Though I bet Mazda would like to chime in on that figure. In terms of overall motorsport domination though, I think the true victor is Honda.
Think about the different forms of racing that Honda takes on, and then remember you forgot about side-by-sides. Or boats. And trucks. There are dirt bikes and motorcycles. Racing at the highest level, and winning there too is something Honda does and has done for decades.
Take a look at one of the premier racing events on the calendar, the Indy 500. A Honda-powered vehicle has won that 14 times. Want to go more global? A Honda vehicle has 88 Formula 1 victories and six championships. Back to the dirt? The Honda Ridgeline has 10 class wins while a Honda bike has won the Baja 1000 30 times. Oh, and Honda bikes have bested the best at Dakar for nine wins.
Honda has won at the prototype level in IMSA, the Michelin Endurance Cup, American Le Mans, and it has two wins at the Daytona 24 Hours. If you prefer sports cars, the British Touring Car Championship has seen a Honda constructors victory five times, and the automaker has 186 wins in that series.
Let’s jump over to two wheels again though, because Honda obviously has an insane history there. A Honda bike has won a GP championship 72 times, across the different classes. That’s championships, not race wins, mind you. If we focus solely on the Senior TT class at the Isle of Man TT, you’ll find Honda holds the top spot 23 times.
Honda wins on two wheels or four. It wins at the sports car level all the way up to Formula 1. Honda wins in the dirt and on the tarmac. There are a number of series and races that I haven’t even touched on, as well. I truly believe that Honda deserves recognition as one of the all-time greats in the world of motorsport.
Hell, take a closer look at all the RVs/Trailers in a motorsport paddock, and then take a good look at the generators powering those trailers. Honda’s presence in motorsport is everywhere.