Two engineers from Honda’s Ohio-based North American Auto Development Center will campaign a 2021 Honda HPD Ridgeline in this year’s Rebelle Rally. Liz Long and Tash Krug will compete in the eight-day all women’s navigational Rally which starts Thursday.
This Honda’s third year participating in the event. The Ridgeline is entered in the X-Cross class. Krug and Long will test it’s handling and capability throughout the event. They are expected to drive 10-12 hours in off-road conditions. Long is a chassis test engineer and focuses on subframe and suspension components on Honda’s vehicles. Krug works on Honda’s engine systems.
The Honda HPD Ridgeline has been outfitted with roof rails, crossbars, cargo dividers and other accessories from Honda Genuine parts. The HPD version already comes with aggressive Bronze wheels, black fender flares and a unique grille treatment. Honda added a lift kit, front recovery points, all terrain tires, a custom fuel tank and skid plates to add to the Ridgeline’s off-road capability.