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)