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Honda could test F1 engine in Super Formula car



Honda could test F1 engine in Super Formula car

Honda could test F1 engine in Super Formula car

Honda could fit its much-criticised F1 engine to a ‘Super Formula’ open wheel car, the Italian magazine Autosprint reports.

In its latest edition, published earlier this week, Autosprint said the move could be a way for the embattled Japanese manufacturer to prove its 2015 ‘power unit’ is not as bad as many believe.

The news comes after the recent Italian grand prix, where insiders said an interview session featuring Honda’s under-fire Yasuhisa Arai was one of the most ‘brutal’ in recent F1 history.

McLaren and Honda appear increasingly divided, as despite Arai’s claims that the engine is better now than Renault’s, Fernando Alonso’s top speed at Monza was just 338kph — 16kph behind the leading Mercedes.

And Autosprint correspondent Cesare Maria Mannucci said Alonso’s 338 was only a few kph faster than the 331kph recorded by GP2 driver Robert Visoiu.

Honda, however, could now be set to fight back against the claim that it is entirely to blame for McLaren’s lack of pace.

The report said the Japanese are planning to install the turbo V6 unit to a chassis of Japan’s premier open-wheeler series, Super Formula, and test it at Suzuka.

Super Formula cars are powered by 4 cylinder, 2-litre turbo engines, but Autosprint said installation of Honda’s F1 unit would nonetheless be possible.

“The tests would be carried out in collaboration with the Mugen or Nakajima teams,” Cesare Maria Munnicci claimed, explaining that the outcome might finally answer the question of “who is to blame” for McLaren-Honda’s awful 2015. (GMM)


  • Warham Pendrich

    I saw one report last year where they were suspected of doing just that.

  • not me or is it?

    I’m willing to let them install it, in my 1979 Fiat Spider and I will test it for them. It’s motor was designed by Ferrari so they should be able to figure out a swap.

  • McSerb

    Well, the engine is about 70 hp down on Mercedes and this might help testing upgrades. However, the main problem is the energy recovery system not the internal combustion or engine as we simply refer to it and I do not think Super Formula has ERS, or does it ? The engine itself is not that bad but the layout makes harvesting of kinetic energy (MGU-K) difficult and insufficient and the MGU-H is inefficient because the compressor is so small. Anyway, they need to improve on everything to do with power supply and maybe this can at least help with the ICE.

  • walle200

    About time! Ferrari did a similar move with retrofitting their 2014 engine in a LaFerrari as a loophole, and allowed them to work issues out.

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