Honda sells factory Talon engine for racing customers
The Honda Talon proved to be a capable UTV in the world of desert racing thanks to Honda factory off-road racing. Now competitors not affiliated with the team can use the engine for themselves as Honda Performance Development announced on October 27 that the Talon Crate Engine was sold for $8,499.99 (€8,434.97).
The 999cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine has a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is entirely original and strictly intended for racing use.
“At HPD, we are proud to be able to offer the Talon Crate engine,” said the commercial director of HPD John Whiteman. “Honda has a long history of success in off-road competition and the Talon Crate engine program is a great opportunity for racers to purchase a complete OEM replacement engine.”
Honda greenhouse fields in SCORE International and Best in the desert. Factory driver Zach Sizelove won the Pro UTV NA class at Baja 500 in Juneand he and his teammate Ethan Ebert finished 1–2 in said category at Mint 400 three months before. For the Baja 1000 from November 15 to 20, Honda will have the #1925 and #1920 Talons led by Sizelove and Elias Hanna.
The Talon also found success in rock crawling. In February, Bailey Cole won the Stock NA UTV class at king of hammers as one of thirty-four drivers to finish the race. KOH was the site of the Talon’s 2020 debut.