It is with great sadness we announce the passing of motorsports legend Mr. Hiroyuki Hasegawa, CEO and President of HKS Co., Ltd., on November 9th, 2016 at the age of 71.
Mr. Hasegawa was the force behind the development of the HKS 700E Light Aircraft Engine, which is one of the most successful engines ever developed for light aviation.
Mr. Hasegawa was a former engineer for Yamaha Motor Company, and in 1973, he and his partner, Goichi Kitagawa, started HKS in a dairy-farming shed at the foot of Mount Fuji, in Japan. In July of 1974, Mr. Hasegawa engineered and built the first commercialized turbocharger kits for passenger automobiles, and subsequently developed turbocharger upgrades and bolt-on turbocharger kits that became the foundation of HKS. From their humble beginnings, HKS grew into one of the world’s leading suppliers of aftermarket performance parts for both the racing and consumer markets.
Mr. Hasegawa’s presence will be greatly missed by all those that knew and worked him.
Greensky Adventures, Inc and Quicksilver Aircraft Northeast LLC have entered into an exclusive arrangement with HKS Co Ltd to become World-Wide distributors of the HKS 700E engines and accessories. Both will offer sales, service/support and parts supply for the engines. Mr. Hiroshi Kato, the engine's designer, will be the technical liaison to Greensky Adventures and Quicksilver N.E.
The HKS 700E is a 60HP, horizontally opposed two-cylinder, four-stroke engine, and meets ASTM Consensus Standards for Special Light Sport Aircraft installation. Its reputation for reliability and economy of operation is well noted in aviation community. The engine has a 1000 hour TBO and a fuel burn around 2 gph at cruise settings.
Jerry Olenik of Greensky, and Chris Hatin of Quicksilver N.E. have been HKS dealers since 2001 and 2004 respectively, and are both factory trained service providers.
"We are both excited to be working with HKS to distribute the 700E and plan to aggressively market the engines as a viable option to the two-stroke alternatives with OEMs and homebuilders. This opportunity to represent HKS Aviation is very exciting"
"HKS is glad to have them as exclusive HKS 700E engine worldwide distributors. We are glad to have these two companies supporting our engine all over the world. HKS appreciates your continuous support of the HKS brand and wishes you every success in the future."
For more information, contact us at info@HKSEngines.com
|The HKS 700E is a 60HP, horizontally opposed two cylinder four-stroke engine. The 700E uses a combination of technology and simplicity to achieve the twin goals of high power output and reliability. The 700E is a very high quality product. Every major component was designed for light aircraft use and is made from the best materials and techniques available.|