[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda Reports August 2017 Auto Sales
More.......................
Some Civic Type Rs are overheating on track
More.......................
Spied on the STREET! Next Gen RDX
More.......................
Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week
More.......................
Accord --> Re: C&D Test - Honda Accord 2.0T Touring 10AT
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2017 United States Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: CTR 2nd Gear Issue?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Kia Stinger - RWD
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Do you wrench on your own car?
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Station offline due to compressor issues
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Feelgood Article of year
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Proud new owner of...
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Got it!
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: updates on cracked windshield
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> TSA vs driving and stinky cheese.
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: Cheaper Type-R model on the way
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> You guys wanna hear a Joke?
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: Accord 2.0T vs Camry V6 - MT Oct 2017
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 5,000 deaths annually from dieselgate in Europe
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
Regarde le championship...a Clear and Present changer...


Albert Park, site of the Oz Grand Prix

Fast Forward to 2003...

Among these rules are the following:

1. Points awarded back to 8th place
1st - 10
2nd - 8
3rd - 6
4th - 5
5th - 4
6th - 3
7th - 2
8th - 1


2. Head And Neck restraint System (HANS) is now mandatory. This is becoming a worry bead for Jacques and others..they cannot seem to get comfortable and there's the question of driver pain/distraction raising a safety issue.

3. Changes to the weekend format. The FIA is making my head spin on this issue. We've all publicly heard about the major rules changes (Friday and Saturday Qualifying, Friday testing, one lap qualifying, cars to be locked down in parc ferme after Sat. Qualifying, electronics gone at Silverstone, no spare cars, etc.).

What we HAVEN'T seen or heard about is the ENORMOUS number of red-ink revisions to the sporting code that the FIA has been forcing through in the last two weeks. In order to make these new rules stick, they're having to rewrite nearly ALL of the regulations that cover and govern the sport!!! This will inevitably lead to foul ups and missteps in the course of the season. This does not bode well for the stability of the F1 rules this season.

4. Jordan have moved to Cosworth power. After two relatively fruitless seasons with Honda as a works engine supplier, Jordan and Honda have parted ways. I want to wish Jordan the best. I feel that they have some underrated personnel and a badly underrated driver in Fisichella.

What does all this mean for Honda's fans? Well, I do have a few thoughts.

With qualifying being a single lap now and the cars being locked away in parc ferme, race pace will be a major goal for the race team throughout the weekend. Also, with such limited practice and setup time, reliability will be key. In spite of what we saw at a few weekends last year, I think Honda should be all right with this.

The main question will be if the BAR will be reliable through the weekend. If electrical or gearbox or hydraulic problems begin to crop up, we could be in for a very long season. BAR has seemed to occasionally have these kinds of gremlins appear for a few races...this will be less tolerable now.


Jensen Button driving the BAR 005

On the upside (!), BAR's pace this year has looked very good in testing. Assuming that the times were generated in racing trim, BAR should be in good shape. The strategy for teams like BAR-Honda will undoubtedly be to qualify heavy on fuel and then use good racing pace and setup to win long-run over the light-qualify/early-pit crowd.

Honda's engine seems to be doing much better than a year ago, in terms of how on-target they've gotten. Despite comments to the contrary, Honda has been moving forward briskly with development...debuting new specs and modifications at each test to address the major concerns that crop up with such a young motor architecture.

BAR have found solutions to reliability woes that smote them early on in testing. They'll need to stay on top of it but, with G. Willis in charge, I think we can be comfortable that problems will not stay in place for long!

Speed Channel will be providing coverage this year, again! :) The time will be 9:30pm EST on March 8th. See you there and good luck to the team!!!



[Previous Page] [Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  All it will take is couple of races
Nino 0
Jump to:
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy