Honda returns to Formula 1 in McLaren JV

Posted on May 17, 2013 by
The 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix

will return to in 2015, albeit as a partner and engine supplier rather than a fully-fledged team in its own right.

In a joint venture with McLaren, Honda will develop and supply the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will build the chassis and take care of the day to day management of the new team, McLaren Honda.

From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. This it seems, is an opportunity Honda feels it cannot afford to miss given the scope to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing.

Honda has a long history in F1 and a Honda powered McLaren is seen here at the 1989 Australian Grand Prix

Honda has a long history in F1 and a Honda powered McLaren is seen here at the 1989 Australian Grand Prix

Honda says that throughout its history the company has pursued improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems. Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will, it says, encourage even further technological progress in both these areas.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said: “The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1. These new regulations are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies.

“Together with McLaren, one of the most distinguished F1 constructors, Honda will mark a new beginning in our challenges in F1.”

Through Formula 1, Ayrton Senna had a close association with Honda and is seen here at the 1990 Mexico Grand Prix

Through Formula 1, Ayrton Senna had a close association with Honda and is seen here at the 1990 Mexico Grand Prix

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited added: “The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula One, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shoulders. But it’s a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that we want once again to take McLaren Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula 1 success.”

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