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Honda target to return to Formula 1

Honda hints that, they are looking a return to Formula 1 in the future, and they are added return will not occur in the immediate and also new F1 regulations right form of chance for Honda.

The Japanese car manufactures exit from the sport at the end of 2008 season, following 2008 worldwide economic descend consequence affected their and they can’t invest more money for Formula 1.

Recently a Honda CEO has admitted that there are grounds for it to think about Formula One return.

“I cannot speak for Honda, but on a personal level I love racing, but there is a lot involved when you are in F1,” Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Honda CEO of R&D said in an exclusive interview with Autocar.

“It is the very top of auto racing and that requires a large commitment. But it is true that we do look up at those races and hope that one day we can take part again.

“I do not personally think we can just go straight back immediately, but there is potential for the rules to change and attract us. I follow the rules, certainly, and if they present an opportunity then it would be nice to go back.”

“The first thing we must do is win in the WTCC, and then perhaps we can look further afield,” he said.

The 2013 engine rules

The current generation of 2.4 litre V8 engine is set to be replaced by small capacity 1.6 litre turbo engines. It is hoped that these will be far more relevant to road car companies who are trying to find ways to improve fuel efficiency in light of ever increasing fuel prices. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has stated that 75% of the French firm’s road cars will be powered by small capacity turbo engines by 2015 due to the fuel savings possible with such engines.

Although these new engines will only produce 600bhp, the cars will gain an additional 150bhp from an increased capacity KERS device. This takes heat energy from the brakes and turns it into power for the engine. The FIA believes that by forcing F1 engineers to focus on this device, the weight and efficiency of energy recovery systems will be improved, with these technological advances likely to provide car manufacturers involved in the sport with a competitive advantage in the hybrid road car market.

However, the one unknown variable at the moment is costs. Renault and Cosworth have advocated that the FIA introduce a cost cap onto the new engine programme for each manufacturer in order to avoid a situation where wealth companies such as Ferrari gain a competitive advantage over their competitors by utilising exotic and expensive materials, as happened in the early part of the new millennium.

Honda’s withdrawal from the sport at the end of 2008 was due to high costs and a lack of road relevance. With the road relevance issue addressed it is believes that the Japanese company are now waiting on a ruling over the cost cap before finalising their plans.


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