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Honda Ridgeline Baja racing truck at SEMA 2015 previews 2017 model

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck and team principle/driver Jeff Proctor.

The design of the race truck would be carried forward to the next iteration of the production model.

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.

Honda Ridgeline Baja 1000 race truck SEMA 2015 rear

The race truck packs an impressive 550 PS.

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.

This year’s edition of SEMA, an annual festival of tuning that takes places in Las Vegas, is packed myriad of custom concepts from Ford, Chevrolet and Mopar (Fiat Chrysler).

Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at SEMA 2015

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