The Japanese manufacturer Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has previewed its power unit to be used in McLaren's car in the 2015 F1 season. The engine maker revealed a video showing the first looks of this new engine. According to the Honda, the company in 2015 will leave its glorious past behind to make a new beginning. The video starts by saying since 1964, Honda has earned its place in racing circuits around the world.
Yasuhisa Arai, Senior Managing Officer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., who is heading the F1 Project said, "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.”
The last time when Honda and McLaren paired up between 1988 and 1992, they won 44 grand prix races and eight world championships. The engine falls in line with new FIA regulations that were put in place for the 2014 season which means the engine is 1.6-litre V6 turbo.
Mr Arai also added, “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 6 months. Please stay tuned for further updates."
Source : CarDekho