Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

The salt flats at Bonneville play host to a wide variety of machinery and their owners who arrive with one aim: to reach the highest speeds possible. Just as the Beetle LSR has done, Honda has posted its own record-breaking figures at the Bonneville Salt Flats – 421.59 km/h over a kilometre, and 421.45 km/h over a mile (1.6 km), thus gifting it the FIA world record for its class, Category-A Group-1 Class-4. This also makes it the fastest Honda-powered car yet.

The team behind the record car set out with a simple goal in mind: to set a world speed record with a 660 cc engine. Powered by a base engine from the Honda S660 roadster which produces 64 hp in standard guise, the powerplant was given an overhaul changes to the lower engine block to a steel construction. The pistons, crankshaft and valves have also been revised, culminating in an output of more than three times the standard engine according to Honda, which pegs it at approximately 200 hp.

Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

Prior to the record attempt at Bonneville, the Honda S-Dream had performed flawlessly during its test runs in Japan. However, a visibility issue surfaced when test driver Hikaru Miyagi conducted his first test run on the salt – the canopy was too narrow to properly see out of. The crew then took the car to Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, California, where the canopy and part of the upper body were restyled, just 10 days before the event.

The team and the vehicle didn’t manage to set a record during Bonneville Speed Week itself, however they got another chance at making further runs at Bonneville. The eventual record run surpassed the previous fastest Honda, which was a modified BAR Honda F1 car that set its record in 2006.