F1 » Honda 'set to announce F1 return'

Japanese media reports suggest that Honda could be poised to confirm a return to F1 as an engine supplier in the near future - and possibly before the end of the week...

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May 15, 2013 7:19 PM

Until it's officially announced it will still be speculation.
It is wrong from all expects to compare the past turbo era engine to the new for 2014 turbo engine.
With the new FIA mandated specifications for the 2014 turbo engine the term/word freeze will not feature.
Honda's past F1 engine performance is no guarantee for feature F1 engine projects, the FIA rules/specifications makes sure of that.
The engine power output usage situation will be exactly like the tyres usage at present and if anybody wants an explanation about the tyres usage should go ask RBR and Mercedes.


May 15, 2013 7:46 PM

The Honda transverse V12 was a very interesting project at the time.
The 1965 engine was the RA272E, I.5L V12 WITH A VEE ANGLE OF 60 DEGREE, IT HAD A BORE OF 58.1MM and a STROKE OF 47MM, it was RED LINED AT 14K RPM, the drive to the camshafts and to the clutch was from the centre of the crankshaft, fuel injection was used.
That was the time that was, sadly it will not return.


May 15, 2013 9:21 PM

one potential customer for honda would be RBR, they already use mclarren alternators instead of the magneti renault usually uses, and RBR seems not really happy with the mappings renault did for lotus in 2013 ...


LJ - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 9:35 PM

CJD, I can't see RBR switching to Honda anytime soon. They are title sponsored by Infiniti who are Japanese based car manufacturer owned by Renault. RBR is essentially the #1 manufacturer for Renault and it wouldn't surprise me if RBR have had a say in the 2014+ engines.


May 15, 2013 10:04 PM

RBR was one of the first along with FERRARI against the original specification of a four cylinder, this was because a four cylinder doesn't land itself well as a structural member of the car when it comes to bolting it to the bulkhead without the use of a complicated and bulky sub frame.

JJ - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 10:24 PM

While I love Honda till death, I am weary of them coming back in. We are all nostalgic of when Mcl-Honda dominated, but that was then. Different rules, different engineers, just totally different. I want nothing but success with Honda. For this to work both Honda and McL will have to get their act together or else, we'll see a repeat of BAR/Honda adventure.


May 15, 2013 10:32 PM

The Japanese threads support this story. If so, good news for F1 if they return for the long run. I think both Honda and Toyota were foolish to attempt to be full manufacturers and being an engine supplier to multiple teams makes the most sense.

hrc2627 - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 11:09 PM

Normally not my place to comment on f1dont care for the racing cause it really aint racing but gp is a considerably less competitive championship anyway. However Honda kicks ass at building engine.
HRC will be out to prove a point of how superior their engine tech is, just a display of engineering prowess.

Angelina - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 11:46 PM

Okay, so mclaren will be powered by Honda engines from 2015. But what about 2014?

Is Mclaren going to try being an engine manufacturer for 2014?

I don't think they will choose Honda for 2015 w/o good reasons to do so. They might just to be an engine manufacturer's works team.

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