Video: Honda Teases its Return to Formula 1
Honda has one of the most storied racing histories in the world, especially when it comes to Formula One. All three of Ayrton Senna’s Driver’s championships were won with Honda engines, Alan Prost’s incredible season in 1989 was powered by Honda, and it was Honda power that propelled Nigel Mansel and his William’s car in the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Legendary team McLaren has won more Constructor’s Championships under Honda power than it has with any other engine supplier. Since its debut in F1 in 1964, Honda has been an engine supplier and even fielded its own team for a number of years, but in 2008 Honda officially left the sport and hasn’t returned.
That all changes next season. With the introduction of new, smaller, turbocharged, V-6 engines to the sport, Honda has declared that it will be returning to the Formula One grid in 2015. Naturally, McLaren is its first confirmed customer.
As it goes with all things Formula One, all the details of this new engine are very hush-hush outside of the regulation statistics of six-cylinders, one turbocharger, a hybrid power unit, and 1.6 liters of displacement. What we do have, is a nice teaser video from Honda that gives you just a taste of its illustrious history, followed by a small taste of what the new engine sounds like. Thankfully, it seems that Honda has found a way to make its new engine sound like a real engine, and less like a vacuum cleaner.
Press play and enjoy the sights and sounds of Honda F1, and start counting down the days until next season.