Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it will base its European racing operation in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, in preparation for participation in the 2015 season of the FIA Formula One World Championship
As previously announced, Honda will participate in F1, under a joint project with McLaren, as a supplier of the power unit including the engine and energy recovery system from the 2015 season.
The new facility will be the European frontline operation for Honda’s F1 participation and will rebuild and maintain the power units developed at Honda R&D centre in Tochigi, Japan. Honda will also base its trackside support operations from this new European office. The office will be located in the new engine research and development center of Mugen Euro Co., Ltd., where Honda plans to start operations from June of 2014.
Whilst the development and manufacture of Honda’s F1 power units will take place at the R&D center in Tochigi, Japan, it was important for Honda to establish a European facility to support its racing operation. The U.K. is an ideal location, it is the home of McLaren, many F1 suppliers are U.K. based and with 7 of the 19 races taking place in Europe (2013), the U.K. acts as a global hub for the transportation of parts as well as team personnel.
“With the confirmation of a new F1 operation base in U.K., our preparation to join F1 has become more specific and concrete. To meet and exceed the expectations of our fans, we will accelerate our development to bring back the unique Honda engine sound onto the track.” said Yasuhisa Arai, Senior Managing Officer and Director, Chief Officer of Motorsports, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.