McLaren-Honda tie-up could be extended from Formula 1 to road cars

Article by Christian A., on July 31, 2013

As you may know already, earlier this year Honda announced that it will return in 2015 to F1 only as an engine supplier to McLaren Racing. McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh described the deal as a multi-year one, suggesting that there could be deeper co-operation that will involve McLaren’s automotive division.

In an interview last Sunday at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, Whitmarsh said that the partnership between Honda and McLaren is a pure Formula 1 contract, but the two companies are already looking at automotive technology and are sharing that very openly. He also added that for the moment, McLaren’s road car strategy doesn’t involve any other automotive partner but Honda would be a good place to collaborate.

Still, don’t expect to see any results of Honda’s involvement in future McLaren road cars as it will take some years before that. Currently, McLaren is working on its third model, a vehicle that will take on the Porsche 911 which is dubbed P13.

The other models from the British manufacturer are the P1 hypercar and the McLaren MP4-12C. Honda is currently working on the NSX supercar and there are reports that the Japanese manufacturer is using a McLaren 12C in its benchmarking tests for the new model.

The general opinion that form follows function is foundational to Honda design. This belief is interconnected in the core of NSX, which is why our exterior concept is called ‘Interwoven Dynamic’,” exterior design project leader Michelle Christensen said.

He also described the NSX as a graphic portrayal of aesthetically-pleasing design and performance both operating as one, impacting every single choice we made – “every surface, every millimetre, every single design element” of the all-new NSX is foundational to intensify performance.

The exterior design of the brand-new NSX mirrors the fusion of supercar exquisiteness and superb supercar performance. The ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ dominating the design theme for the exterior layout best exemplifies the concept of form following function, as every crease, character line, or body panel shape, air flow inlet and outlet, including the car’s total size have been meticulously built to generate a New Sports eXperience. Each facet of the NSX’s exterior design has been duly enhanced to assist the dynamic capabilities of the NSX while propelling Honda design into the future.

Every single element of the NSX’s exterior carries out a specific role, one that has been precisely measured through thousands of hours of complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD), along with a comprehensive wind tunnel testing of 40 percent-scale and full-size models in the company’s state-of-the-art testing facilities both in the United States and in Japan.

Topics: mclaren, honda

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