Honda Cements Return to Formula One with European Racing Base in UK
LONDON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it will base its European racing operation
in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, in preparation for participation in the FIA*1 Formula
One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season.
As announced on May 16, 2013, 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
This office will be located in the new engine research and development centre of MUGEN
EURO Co., Ltd.*2, 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 centre 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
Address: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom Within the facility of MUGEN EURO Co., Ltd.
Office operations: F1 European frontline operations including rebuilding and
maintenance of power units, and trackside support. Engineer office for WTCC activities.
Yasuhisa Arai, Senior Managing Officer and Director, Chief Officer of Motorsports,
Honda R&D Co., Ltd. said: “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.”
Notes to Editors
*1 FIA = Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
*2 MUGEN EURO Co., Ltd. is a U.K. subsidiary of M-TEC Co. Ltd. (Japan)
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