Honda Returning to F1 in 2015 as McLaren Engine Supplier

Today is definitely an important day for Formula One, as Honda announced its return to the F1 world from the 2015 season, when the Japanese carmaker will become an engine supplier for McLaren.
Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited 1 photo
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The two will form the McLaren Honda team, with the British company will handle the chassis development, as well as the management operations.

Starting from the 2014 season, the F1 cars will use 1.6-liter direct-injected, turbocharged V6 units together with energy recovery systems. Honda will also take care of the later, which means that the company will benefit from the ultimate R&D for developing such systems.

As every carmaker that plays the F1 game, Honda will translate this hybrid propulsion technology to its street cars, making a new effort to improve efficiency.

We’ll remind you that Honda had exited the F1 scene after the 2008 season, when it competed as a standalone team. You’ll find the official statements from Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited and FIA President Jean Todt, in the PDF file below.

PS: We can’t help but notice that this piece of hybridization news comes shortly after Porsche said that it will offer such a powertrain for every vehicle in its class.
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