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Honda to Participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship

May 16, 2013

LONDON, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its decision to participate in the FIA[1]
Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with
McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation.

Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit,
including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the
development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team,
McLaren Honda.

From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection
turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop
these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to Honda’s
decision to participate in F1. Throughout its history, Honda has passionately pursued
improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years,
the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems.
Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will encourage even further
technological progress in both these areas. Furthermore, a new generation of Honda
engineers can experience the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of
motorsport.

Commenting on this exciting development, Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. said:

“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on
challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing
our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The
new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater
development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in
F1. We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s[1] decision to introduce these new
regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that
pursue environmental technologies and to Formula One Group[2], which has developed F1 into
a high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans. We would like to
express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Jean Todt, the President of FIA[1] and to Mr. Bernie
Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group[2] who showed great understanding and cooperation
to help realise our participation in F1 racing. The corporate slogan of Honda is “The
Power of Dreams”. This slogan represents our strong desire to pursue and realise our
dreams together with our customers and fans. Together with McLaren, one of the most
distinguished F1 constructors, Honda will mark a new beginning in our challenges in F1.”

Also, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Group Limited said:

“The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula One, and, for
everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies
heavily on our shoulders. But it’s a mark of the ambition and resolve we both share that
we want once again to take McLaren Honda to the very pinnacle of Formula One success.
Together we have a great legacy – and we’re utterly committed to maintaining it.”

Jean Todt, President of FIA said;

“I am very happy to hear about Honda’s important decision to return to Formula One
with McLaren from 2015. The introduction of the new power train next year, in the form of
a 1.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine with direct injection and energy recovery, is a very
exciting challenge and demonstrates a vision for the future of the sport. I am sure that
Honda will become a strong contender in the years to come.”

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Group said;

“It is a great pleasure to see Honda back in Formula One. Their engine technology and
passion for motor sports make them a natural Formula One contender.”

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Notes to Editors

1 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile

2 Formula One Group is the collective name for the multiple companies within the
organization that manages the overall operation of Formula One racing, including Formula
One Administration (FOA) that manages commercial rights and Formula One Management (FOM)
that manages promotional and marketing activities.

History of Honda Participation in F1 Racing:
1964 – 1968: Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis
1983 – 1992: Participated as an engine supplier (Won both the driver’s and constructors’
championship titles for four consecutive years from 1988 through 1991) 2000-2005:
Participated as an engine supplier and joint developer of the chassis 2006-2008:
Participated as an “all Honda” team including both the engine and chassis

        Contact

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        Ellie Ostinelli
        Honda (UK)
        Office:  +44(0)1753-590193
        Mobile:  +44(0)7872-103205
        Email:  ellie.ostinelli@honda-eu.com
        Kate Saxton
        Honda (UK)
        Office:  +44(0)1753-590768
        Email:  kate.saxton@honda-eu.com

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