If reports out of the Formula 1 circle are true, we may be seeing one of the greatest engine and chassis combos in F1 history return. Word has it that Honda will become the engine supplier for McLaren’s F1 team beginning in 2015. Neither party has confirmed the reports, but it seems F1’s move to turbo engines (which will be introduced in 2014) have Honda serious contemplating a return to the sport. Honda’s own F1 team was shut down in 2008, with the remnants of it turned into the championship-winning Brawn GP operation.
Honda has a rich history in F1, and there are many around the world who would love to see the company back in competition. What do you think about the idea of this legendary pairing making a comeback?
Source: BBC Sport
McLaren was having reliability issues last year but you can't deny that it started looking like they had the fastest car on the field by the end of 2012. So with or without Honda, I think McLaren has tapped into whatever it was missing before.
I think that would be incredible! I'm a huge fan of both Honda and Mclaren alone. Both of them paired up? I'm down for that =]
Dear Speedhunters and Electronic Arts Inc. , please never show a red and/or white car again. My 6 year old daughter could have accidentally seen this obnoxious race car livery and have suddenly been overcome with the uncontrollable desire to smoke some delicious, refreshing tobacco cigarettes. Sure... it didnt' SAY it on there but it made me think of it.
SHAME ON YOU MIKE GARRETT!
Wow really, if you checked the news at all not only are you late with this speculation by a day or so, mclaren have already denied it!
It'd be nice, and even tho it won't be like this I'm going to fantasise about the glory days of the Marlbro/Honda/McLaren turbo reign... *fantasises*
Honda should focus on building cars worth driving first. They already have the engine-thing down pat.
@carsonson His son, Bruno Senna, is.
@Gomez85 It would be possible, with Bruno Senna and Nicolas Prost...
@milkplus lol...or Lucky Strikes.
@FunctionFirst Maybe that's why F1 is so important. The now legendary early to mid '90s era Honda lineup featured a lot of trickle down effect from the NSX and what Honda was doing in F1. Or so I've read.
You mean '92-95 Civic and 90-93 Integra? What about '96-00 Civic and '94-01 Integra? I doubt any of those would exist if it weren't for the '88-91 Civic, on which they all are based on, literally.
"...featured a lot of trickle down effect from the NSX and what Honda was doing in F1."
Not necessarily, a lot of of F1-derived technology like the double-wishbone suspension, PGM-FI and VTEC could be found in older Hondas, years before it made to the NSX.
"Or so I've read."
Now you know.
Now that Hamilton isn"t racing for Mclaren next year.
@SaudQureshi It was more along the lines of F1-derived technology trickling down FROM older Hondas TO the NSX, and of course, directly from F1 (and then some, I'm not sure what exactly, might have trickled down to the newer Hondas)...similar thing happened with the S2000, it was a combination of Honda's know-how up to that point in time (a lot of it was borrowed from Honda's own FF models), which set stage for the K-series motors used in Honda's FF (and AWD) lineup.
@apex_DNA So at the end of the day it was F1 derived, if not a trickle down from the NSX.