Jordan and British American Racing will use variations of the new Honda engine next season, as the Japanese giant practically ruled out running its own team.

Under the terms of the agreement announced early this morning [Friday], Jordan's engines will be supplied by Honda through its subsidiary Mugen, and be of equal specification to the BAR units, which will come direct from Honda.

The latter will be run under the title of British American Racing - Honda, and both parties have signalled their intention to work together in developing next year's car. Honda will assume responsibility for the development of new technology, including chassis management systems, and will also send engineers from its R&D offshoot to assist the Brackley-based team.

Although his team will appear to be indirectly supplied by the Japanese company, Eddie Jordan expressed his delight to have secured an extended two-year deal with Honda.

"This is great news," he said, "The combined support of Honda and Mugen, with an equal status engine supply until the end of 2001, gives the team the stability it requires to mount an even stronger world championship challenge."



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