honda f1

Honda will be making a return to Formula 1 racing in 2015 as an engine supplier, marking its third sojourn as such. The automaker – which first started its participation in F1 in 1964 – was last involved in F1 with the Honda Racing F1 Team, exiting the sport at the end of 2008.

The Nikkei reported yesterday that Honda Motor president Takanobu Ito is likely to make an announcement of the involvement sometime soon. The daily said that Honda is expected to supply its engines to McLaren.

Next season will see the introduction of a revised engine formula, in which the current 2.4 litre V8 specification will be replaced by a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 configuration, replete with an energy recovery system.

The report states that Honda has been conducting research and development according to the upcoming revision, and the automaker says that it plans to apply the technology obtained through its F1 racing programme to its regular cars.