General Christmas road test – HondaJet

Discussion in 'Lounge & Gossip' started by exec, Tuesday 17th Feb, 2015.

  1. exec Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom London
    Interesting article this, the beginning highlights what Honda is all about. :GiveRose:
    The reason we and other car enthusiasts have a soft spot for Honda is not because it makes the Accord or ordinary versions of the Civic. At its most appealing, Honda is the kind of company that gave us the NSX and has the passion to go racing at the Isle of Man TT.
    It’s the Honda that, when other car makers were fitting catalytic converters but still couldn’t meet US Clean Air Act rules, made an engine so clean that it passed the tests without an exhaust catalyst. It’s the Honda that has even grown a shorter, hardier grain of rice, whose harvest is less affected by bad weather.
    Honda at its best is innovative and thoughtful. It tasks small teams of talented and often young engineers to think radically and wilfully differently, in order to create something that hasn’t been created before.
    Because it’s the sixth-largest car maker in the world, things can’t always be like that – it also needs to make boring cars that sell - but the HondaJet, the light private jet you see here, is true to Honda’s roots. Its story epitomises the spirit of the company’s maverick founder, Soichiro Honda, to the core.
    Honda puts a lot of stock in future R&D. It first looked into small aircraft and engines in 1986, and its first prototype light jet, the MH-02, was constructed in 1993. Honda’s first turbofan engine, the HFX-01, had 70 hours of testing in 1996.
    It wasn’t until the turn of the century, however, that Honda began testing a new small turbofan engine and established a research facility in the United States, from where the first prototype HondaJet took its maiden flight in 2003.
    Even then, though, production was by no means a certainty. In fact, Honda and GE Aviation announced they were to commercialise just the engine in 2004, and it wasn’t until after the HondaJet’s first public outing, at Oshkosh air show in 2005, where its reception was overwhelming and customers tried to place orders on the spot, that Honda’s board gave the green light for sales.
    Five legislation-conforming aircraft have been completed since then, with the first production aircraft being certified now, ready for delivery in 2015.

    Christmas road test – HondaJet | Autocar

    I'll have the yellow painted HondaJet :smoke:
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    The history, the pedigree is all there but its being frittered away by HUK. I am long term Honda customer, fan,enthusiast but at this moment in time I am equally concerned and worried what happening in Europe.

    They are on a slipper slope to doom, they can have the best product out there but HUK entire set up from top to bottom is flawed and will fail.