The ongoing SEMA 2015 is hosting the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck that is prepped to take on the SCORE Baja 1000 race. To be driven by Jeff Proctor, the racing pickup marks Honda Performance Division’s (HPD) re-entry into truck racing.
Apart from showcasing HPD’s capabilities, the Ridgeline Baja truck also serves as a design study for the next gen production model which is due for 2017. The front fascia, roofline and the load bed of the production model would derive heavy inspiration from the racing truck, says Honda.
The truck is powered by a pumped up 3.5-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine which is expected to pack in at least 550 PS of power! One can safely expect the motor to make it to the production model albeit without the turbos.
While the racer gets a tubular chassis, the road-legal version will be underpinned by a unibody. The Ridgeline Baja truck sports a raised suspension, purposeful tyres, LED spotlights on the grille, top of front windshield and on rear view mirror caps, roll cage, Sparco racing bucket seats and a red-white livery.