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 NewsAlonso return to McLaren met with mixed reactionsAlonso rules out Le Mans foray in 2015McLaren: Kevin has definitely 100 per cent of our supportBoullier: In Alonso we gained the best driver in the worldDennis set to be McLaren majority shareholder againDennis: Painful decision to choose between Jenson and KevinButton: Being part of McLaren Honda project is not a one-year thingAlonso: I have unfinished business with McLarenButton: Fernando and I will work extremely well togetherAlonso: I will do everything in my power to deliver for McLaren matt I’m very happy to see honda coming back to f1! Hopefully it helps them inject more passion onto their road cars.