Honda F1 operation to be based near Red Bull headquarters in UK 11 July, 2013 Honda has announced that it will base its European racing operation in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (close to the Red Bull F1 headquarters) in preparation for participation in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from the 2015 season. As announced on 16 May, 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 center in Tochigi, Japan. Honda will also base its trackside support operations from this new European office. This office will be located in the new engine research and development center of Mugen Euro, 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 (in 2013), the U.K. acts as a global hub for the transportation of parts as well as team personnel. 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.” (Honda) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related News2014 showed the good, the bad and the ugly of Formula 1German bank sues Ecclestone for €345 millionFormula 1 set for another engine revolution in 2016Jock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariEcclestone takes swipe at trial outcome with Christmas cardCVC backs Ecclestone and appoints Montezemolo to F1 boardHorner happy to have Illien working with RenaultLopez: We opened the door to FernandoHamashima leavesas Ferrari continue to wield the axeWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and Nico McLarenfan Honda are determined to do what they are good at making the power unit to win their mistake with the Earth Dream should be a distant memory and the glory years should return! jeff This is great for F1. Very happy to see them return. I am sure it will take a bit of time to get to form, but they are Honda and wish them well.