Even Formula 1 is buying into the downsizing club, moving from the the current 2.4 litre V8s to 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines next year. You’ve heard the 2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG V6 F1 Power Unit in action and read about Renault’s Energy F1 system, now cock your ears for Honda’s 2015 F1 power unit. Honda is pairing up with McLaren starting from 2015, when the British team will migrate from Merc.
Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in responsible of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.
“It’s exciting to hear the cry of our new born Formula 1 engine for the first time. Our engineers are working hard to develop the engine and we are all looking forward to the start of the 2015 season,” said Manabu Nishimae, president of Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
Honda says that the opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to its decision to rejoin F1. Participation under the new F1 regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas. Plus, a new generation of Honda engineers can experience the challenges and thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Honda will base its European racing operations in Milton Keynes from June 2014. Like what you hear?