Accord Safety Car to Pace Verizon IndyCar Series
Honda Accord is obviously perfect for pacing Indy, since it has been chosen for the safety car of the popular race. It is the first car at the Verizon IndyCar Series, which hasn't happened for almost ten years. That's right. The last time Honda utilized the Accord model for an Indy race was in 2006.
Now, the 2015 Honda Accord Safety Car can show what a huge mistake the Japanese company has made. The safety vehicle is based on the production coupe model, but it has a significant difference. It features performance enhancements created by Honda R&D Americas.
Under the hood, the car has the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It has been of course modified and now produces more than 400 horses. This was achieved with the help of high-flow fuel injectors which were mated to a single Borg-Warner turbocharger. Also contributing for the additional horsepower are the hand-crafted intake, intercooler and exhaust system.
In addition to this, the team has also added a crankshaft from the Acura RLX, which was then coupled with HPD competition pistons and connecting rods for maximum reliability of the new engine package. The tuned unit was then mated to a strengthened with high-intensity shot peening six-speed transmission. It also features a limited slip differential.
Chassis modifications feature HPD brake system. It includes competition rotors, racing pads and stainless steel brake lines. For optimum rigidity, the team reinforced and stiffened the other chassis components. Everything is taken onto the road via Firestone high-performance tires coupled with Enkei alloys.
There is also modification done to the interior and body of the safety car. It now includes Sparco seats, four-point racing harnesses and aerodynamic body kit, adding various lip spoilers. At last, the "Power of Dreams" graphics package is what really differentiates the car from its production siblings.