May 16, 2013
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Honda is to make its return into Formula 1 after a 5-year absence, supplying engines to the McLaren team from 2015 onwards.
They last partnered McLaren from 1983 to 1992, resulting in several utterly dominant years with clearly superior turbocharged engines. The 2014 V6 formula has clearly piqued Honda’s interest, with president and CEO Takanobu Ito stating:
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.
“We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s decision to introduce these new regulations
that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue
environmental technologies and to Formula One Group, which has developed F1 into a
high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans.
Honda dropped out of F1 after 2008, after a second dreadful season in a row. Their last engine supplier deal was to Jordan and BAR in 2002, but it seems that the McLaren-Honda releationship is a match made in heaven.