This is Honda's fourth consecutive win in the class.
Earlier this month, we shared one designer's idea of how to make a Honda Ridgeline look way better than a Tesla Cybertruck. Before that, we took you through what an electric version of the pickup might be like. But it seems that we needn't use our imagination to think of a Ridgeline as exciting. This past weekend, the Honda Ridgeline Baja race truck competed and dominated again, achieving its fourth consecutive win in the Baja 500's Class 7 and its fifth in the last six years. Class 7 is for unlimited V6-powered race trucks, and it seems that the Ridgeline has it mastered.
The truck was steered to victory by team owner/driver Jeff Proctor and his co-driver Pat Dailey, who finished the single-loop, 466-mile course ahead of 242 other entries that took part in this 25th running of the event that starts and ends in the coastal city of Ensenada.
Proctor was impressed with the team's efforts and paid tribute in a message: "This was a very fast, yet very technical Baja 500, demanding as always. It was extremely dusty, with many single-track lines that didn't really allow for passing. But the entire Honda Off-Road Racing Team was on fire today, thanks once again to everyone for all of their effort and hard work, it all paid off for us once again."
The Honda Ridgeline Baja race truck's 3.5-liter V6 has the same block and cylinder heads as the production vehicle but produces 550 horsepower here, thanks to the addition of custom parts including an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom ECU tuning.
The Honda Off-Road Racing Team is now headed for the desert of Nevada for the Vegas to Reno off-road race, now in its 25th year. It starts on August 11 in Las Vegas and runs north to Reno, where the checkered flag will be waved on August 15. Hopefully, next year's Baja 500 allows us to see more competitors try to take Honda's crown and we know exactly what should enter. All it needs is a V6.