Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Conquers Baja 1000 with Class Victory

The new Honda Ridgeline is winning awards, and it’s not even on sale yet.

While the street-legal truck won’t be on sale for several months, the new Honda Ridgeline Baja race truck debuted with a victory at the Baja 1000.

Developed as a preview to the second-generation Honda Ridgeline, the Baja race truck scored a Class 2 victory in the 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 with drivers Jeff Proctor, Sage Marie and Jason LaFortune behind the wheel. The tube-frame Unlimited Class 2 off-road Ridgeline Baja race truck made its competition debut at the race, which featured an 821-mile loop that started and finished in Ensenada, Mexico.

Powering the race pickup is a twin-turbo V6 engine developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) while the body is designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio. According to Honda, key design cues from the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front end, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

As for the 3.5-liter HR35TT engine, it makes approximately 550 horsepower in race form and uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft that the production V6 engine will have.

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Less than half of the 239-competitor starting field finished this year’s Baja event. Honda however, was able to run its Ridgeline Baja race truck trouble-free, completing the event in 25 hours, nine minutes and 47 seconds.

“The course was extremely tough today, and it seemed like Baja threw everything it could at us, but the Ridgeline ran flawlessly all day,” said Proctor, driver and owner of Proctor Racing Group. “We couldn’t be happier with how it performed on its maiden voyage.”

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