Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicle will be leading the racers around the track for the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 25-27.
As the pace car for the opening race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar season, the Honda FCX Clarity will lead a competitive field through the challenging 1.8-mile waterfront circuit located in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Honda FCX Clarity is a sleekly styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan currently available on a limited retail basis in Southern California. The vehicle is a key part of Honda’s efforts to successfully develop, certify and market zero-emissions vehicles. Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in a fuel cell, the FCX Clarity’s only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a similar-sized gasoline-powered automobile.
Customers in Southern California pay $600 per month for three years to lease the FCX Clarity from Honda, which covers maintenance costs. This lease program is the world’s first large-scale retail initiative for fuel cell electric vehicle technology. Refueling the FCX Clarity takes less then 5 minutes.
The FCX Clarity’s performance and acceleration are comparable to a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine with an EPA certified range of 240 miles. The compact and powerful Honda V Flow Fuel Cell Stack allows for unprecedented spaciousness and a futuristically stylish, low-slung design and spacious interior.
The FCX Clarity will perform pace car duties at several races throughout the weekend including the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights events and Acura Sports Car Challenge. Additionally, the FCX Clarity will lead the IZOD IndyCar series cars at the annual Festival of States Parade taking place on Thursday, March 24 in downtown St. Petersburg. The Honda FCX Clarity previously served as the official pace car for the 2008 Indy Japan event held at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi, Japan, on April 17, 2008.