Honda wants to get back in Formula 1

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2012

There are speculations that Honda may go back to Formula One in the future. Yoshiharu Yamamoto, the head of Honda R&D, hinted to Autocar that the marque may go back to the race. This fuels rumors that Honda is studying the new 1.6-litre turbo rules that will be implemented starting in 2014. Yamamoto told Autocar that he loves racing but taking part in the F1 requires a huge commitment.

He thinks that if the rules change and they’re attractive enough, there could be a chance that it will return. Honda made headlines recently when it announced its participation in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), where the team will bring in a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

Because of this, the next Honda Civic Type-R road car that’s likely to have a 2015 launch is believed to feature a turbocharged engine. Honda president Takanobu Ito told Autocar magazine earlier this week that the company is developing other turbocharged engines for sale in Europe, indicating a shift from high-revving naturally-aspirated units.

The change may be in line with a revived interest in Formula 1’s revised regulations. But then, Yamamoto admitted that the company has to reach other targets before it could even think about going back to F1 for the first time since 2008. He said that the first thing that Honda has to do is win the WTCC before it could consider anything else.

Topics: honda, formula 1

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