Honda has revealed the first image of the hybrid V6 1.6-litre turbo power unit which it will use in its return to Formula One with McLaren in 2015.
“Working toward Honda’s F1 participation starting in the 2015 season, development of the power unit is entering its prime phase at our R&D facility in Sakura, where we transferred our automobile motor sports development earlier this year” said senior managing officer of Honda research and development Yasuhisa Arai.
“In addition to conducting simulations, we have moved onto the next stage where we conduct full-fledged bench tests of the engine while connecting the turbocharger and energy recovery systems.
“In the meantime, our racing operation base in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, has become fully operational. At this time, we are unveiling an image of our power unit that is under development. The whole team is concentrating on this development, getting ready for the forthcoming start of F1 participation in six months.”
Honda have also launched a new website giving further details about their engine and will demonstrate a video revealing the sound of the engine at Suzuka during the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.
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