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ASIMO Drops In At TT Centenary

Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO

Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO made the pilgrimage to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy recently, to take part in the centenary celebrations of the historic and world famous British time trial event.

ASIMO was the special guest at the two-week racing festival's Honda Day, held on June 3, where Honda celebrated the important place the Isle of Man TT takes in the company's history. Honda's founder Soichiro Honda identified racing success as key to his fledgling company's growth, and in 1954 he vowed he would take his products to the Isle of Man.

Five years later he did just that, the party of four riders and five engineers claiming the Manufacturer' title with a sixth, a seventh, an eighth and a tenth. Two years later Honda claimed its first TT win, with the legendary Mike Hailwood winning the 1961 Ultra Lightweight class.

ASIMO, a showcase for Honda's robotics division that has been steadily refined since its 'birth' 1986, also put on several shows throughout the TT for Manx schoolkids, and on Honda Day came face to face with a living Honda legend, John McGuinness (pictured). McGuinness holds the current outright lap record for the Mountain TT course, with an average of 129.451mph, which he set aboard his HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in 2006.

ASIMO eagerly devoured the riding tips McGuinness divulged, but politely declined the offer of a lap around the 37-mile street circuit as pillion. Smart machine.

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