Honda has confirmed that it will return to Formula One racing after a six-year hiatus, and announced its intention to reignite its relationship with engine supplier McLaren in an effort to create an all-new super engine. Now, we’ve seen images of the newly-developed Honda Formula One engine especially for the FIA World Championship.
The new engine has officially been labeled a ‘power unit,’ since the F1 engines are now comprised of an internal combustion unit and energy recovery system with two electric motor generators. The unit will be put through a rigorous testing phase.
“Working toward Honda’s F1 participation starting in the 2015 season, development of the power unit is entering its prime phase at our R&D facility in Sakura [Tochigi, Japan], where we transferred our automobile motor sports development earlier this year,” said Yasuhisa Arai, the Senior Managing Officer of Honda R&D.
“In addition to conducting simulations, we have moved onto the next stage where we conduct full-fledged bench tests of the engine while connecting the turbocharger and energy recovery systems,” added Arai, who is heading the F1 project. “In the meantime, our racing operation base in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, has become fully operational. At this time, we are unveiling an image of our power unit that is under development. The whole team is concentrating on this development, getting ready for the forthcoming start of F1 participation in 6 months.”
Honda first entered Formula 1 in 1964, then pulled out after the death of driver Jo Schlesser in 1968. Honda returned in the ‘80s and ‘90s as an engine supplier – with some of the most powerful and reliable engines in F1. In 2006, Honda made a come-back with their own team, and again called it quits after the 2008 season in the midst of the global financial crisis.
Here at Basney Honda, we hope that Honda will be back for good, and we are looking forward to following their success this season!