10-7-2012 - Watkins Glen, NY: Fenton Wins Two Events at Watkins Glen
Keene driver Bill Fenton and his team, Bill Fenton Motorsports, cleaned up at Watkins Glen this weekend in two Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events. On Saturday, in a 35-car field, Fenton won overall in the thirty-minute sprint race, driving a Honda Civic SI. Sunday featured a four-hour endurance race with 50 race entries. The Bill Fenton Motorsports team, with drivers Bill Fenton, Bod Beede of Northampton, Massachusetts, and Chad Gilsinger of Columbus, Ohio won the event overall by twenty seconds over the BMW team of Eric Curran of Holyoke, Massachusetts and Ian Prout of Hartford, Connecticut. Also competing was a Honda factory-backed team from Marysville, Ohio. Fenton crew chief Steve Wheeler of Geneva, New York made excellent pit calls, with a final of three stops for a splash-and-go with fifteen minutes left in the event.
8-15-12 - New 2013 Honda Accord boasts styling updates, fuel economy gains
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Months ago at the Detroit auto show, Honda introduced its Accord coupe concept, previewing the upcoming production cars. Here, we see the real details, with a more sculpted body and available LED daytime running lights, headlamp accents, and taillights. The exterior length is said to be shortened, while the interior space is slightly increased over the outgoing model.
Visibility, according to Honda, was supposed to be a design priority. Beyond traditional driver line-of-sight, the Accord will offer several related safety technologies, such as camera-based forward-collision warning and lane departure warning systems. The Accord will include a backup camera, and it will offer "LaneWatch"?a blind-spot display. Collectively, Honda presents these technologies as providing 360-degrees of coverage.
The infotainment technology also marks a step forward with standard Bluetooth hands-free calling and text messaging. Plus, the HondaLink stereo will interface with Pandora Internet radio, Aha, and other services using voice recognition.
This Accord is also being introduced with strong fuel economy boasts. To challenge the lead position in this tough segment (remember: an all-new Ford Fusion is coming and the redesigned Nissan Altima is already out), Honda will offer improved four- and six-cylinder engines. The four-cylinder is an all-new 2.4-liter direct-injected, double-overhead cam unit producing 181 hp; the V6 is a revised 3.5-liter single-cam i-VTEC design. Automatic-transmission versions of the new four-cylinder get a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) to boost fuel economy; the V6 uses a conventional six-speed automatic. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, although only the automatic-equipped V6 includes Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant using two electric motors and an electronic CVT. A 120-kW electric motor will be capable of powering the car alone for 10 to 15 miles, fed by a 6-kWh lithium-ion battery. Honda says the battery can be recharged from a standard wall outlet in less than four hours, or by a 240-volt charger in an hour and a half. The electric powertrain will be teamed with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a CVT.
Thrifty engines will combine with overall weight savings to raise fuel economy. We'll find if the car makes good on the promises when we buy examples to test.
The Accord goes on sale this fall, with the plug-in hybrid following in the winter.