The Honda Odyssey, a superlative six-passenger minivan, is capable of performing a variety of functions. For instance, it’s an excellent choice during family vacations, for transporting your kids to and from school or practice and it’s even been used for New York City’s taxi service. Surprisingly, it can now add auto racing as an additional capability.
This past weekend, Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud posted a second-place finish in the Exhibition Class of the 91st edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – and he did so while driving a specially designed Honda Odyssey. Pagenaud, who described his achievement as a win for all the ‘soccer moms,’ completed the climb up the 14,110-foot mountain in under 13 minutes, according to Motorsport.com.
Here’s what the former Champ Car Atlantic champion had to say:
“Honda prepared a great car. Really ‘unique,’ I have to say. I have to thank my [Indy car] team and everyone at Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports for allowing me to do this, and thank Honda for the huge effort they made for this year’s event. With more than 500 horsepower, the conditions [rain, cold and fog] were tricky and kept me busy … very busy!”
This wasn’t just any Honda Odyssey that Pagenaud drove during the 12.4-mile trek to the summit of Pikes Peak, a mountain in El Paso County, Colo. The minivan, which was modified by a racing team from an Alabama Honda factory, came equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine capable of generating more than 500 horsepower.
While we don’t recommend mountain racing at home, we do recommend buying a Honda Odyssey of your own. Check out some of the latest models by calling or visiting our Massachusetts Honda dealership today.