Long time Formula One fans will remember the McLaren and Honda team that existed from 1988 to 1992, with motorsport legends Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost both piloting the teams cars. Honda made a brief return to F1 in 2000 to provide engines for BAR. The company was last seen in F1 in 2008.
“Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series,” says Honda president Takanobu Ito, “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.”
Formula One will be switching to 1.6-liter turbochaged V6 engines in the upcoming season, thanks to new engine regulations that are designed to emphasize fuel efficiency.
“I am very happy to hear about Honda’s important decision to return to Formula One with McLaren from 2015,” says FIA President John Todt. “The introduction of the new power train next year, in the form of a 1.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine with direct injection and energy recovery, is a very exciting challenge and demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport.”
Formula One CEO as well as Todt believe that Honda will certainly be a contender from the get-go.