Honda is making its return as a Formula 1 supplier for next year. The Japanese company will begin by supplying power-plants to the McLaren team for the 2015 season, but will foreseeably make offerings to other teams as the seasons roll on.
We have known this for quite sometime, however, Honda has just now revealed the details of their new engine, as well as the above image.
The chief of Honda’s R&D division, who has been leading the charge for the development of the new engine, commented on the engine’s readiness by stating,
“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,”
“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.
“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 six months.”
McLaren is under contract with Mercedes to use their engines for the remainder of this year. However, they have received permission to begin testing the Honda power-plant in their cars before the close of the 2014 season. McLaren may begin testing the engine as soon as next month.
McLaren team principle Eric Boullier stated with regard to the engine,
“We have not exactly defined when and where we will test first, to be clear about some discussions and rumors. There is a lot of work going through and, to be honest, as per the original schedule, everything is fine so far.”