Honda denies plans for bespoke F1 test car ahead of 2015 return 16 July, 2013 Honda has denied reports it will build a bespoke Formula 1 test car in order to get track running of their V6 turbo engine off to an early start, ahead of it being bolted on to what should be the McLaren MP4-30. We reported last month that work on a Honda test car could start this year, long before the Japanese marque is bound by Formula 1’s regulations governing its 2015 foray. “This (report) is untrue,” McLaren spokesman told us at the time. Honda has now issued the same denial. “We will not build such a vehicle,” Speed Week correspondent Rob La Salle quoted Honda chief Yasuhisa Arai as saying. “The first track testing will happen during the winter testing ahead of the 2015 season,” he announced. Arai said Honda’s test benches in Tochigi, Japan, are so good that building a bespoke test car is not necessary. “I’ve heard the rumours,” he admitted, “but we have no such plans.” (GMM) Tweet Related NewsHonda-McLaren project already on the back foot?Button: Suzuka will be a tricky one for usSilly Season: Alonso to McLaren looks a done dealSilly Season: Alonso to McLaren looking likelyMcLaren: Red Bull sent coded messages to RicciardoMagnussen: It was the hardest point I’ve ever earnedMcLaren denies losing Johnnie Walker backingMcLaren: A disappointing race for the entire teamHonda plan Alonso charm offensive at SuzukaMcLaren: We’re far from satisfied matt I’m very happy to see honda coming back to f1! Hopefully it helps them inject more passion onto their road cars.