Tequila Patron ESM had their first public outing in the all-new Honda Performance Development ARX-04b (HPD) in the 'Roar before the 24' test at Daytona International Speedway and each of their drivers came away beaming at the performance of their new car.

Six drivers took turns testing their brand-new closed-cockpit No. 2 car after the team only received the No. 1 machine this weekend. Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty will race the No. 2 car at the Rolex 24-hour Daytona race on the 24-25 January as well as the North American Endurance Cup in the TUDOR Championship.

They were joined by Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier-Hansson who will partner up to race in the No.1 Honda car. The Tequila Patron ESM team will be entering both cars into the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.

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All the drivers gave glowing reports about their initial experiences of the Honda machinery and were pleased with the developments made head of the 24-hour race later this month.

"We're still getting used to the new coupe, but we know what's needed to be ready for the Rolex 24 and the rest of the 2015 season," Ed Brown said. "We made some big strides in the No. 2 this weekend. These coupes are going to be good."

The team were also able to test the car's performance in wet conditions after light rain on Sunday morning moistened the track.

"We took the coupe out and waited until it rained, which is not usually the case," Johannes van Overbeek explained. "The car had never been in wet weather before, so we just did a few runs to see if there were any leaks, if it fogged and how the mirrors reacted in those conditions. We learned a lot in a few laps and achieved our objective."

Jon Fogarty said the 2015 coupe was easier to handle compared to last season's model, which was a Honda Performance Development car with an open-cockpit.

"The coupe feels more refined than last year's car," Fogarty said. "The faster you go the quieter and more stable this car is and that speaks to the aerodynamic work that Wirth Research has done on the design. It feels stable and great to drive. I'm really looking forward to this season in the new coupe."