Honda turbo built with help of Mercedes linked company

Honda will be back in F1 next year

Honda will be back in F1 next year

Honda will make its return to Formula 1 next year with McLaren. The Japanese company has sought the help of a Mercedes-linked company, it has emerged.

For the start of Formula 1’s new V6 turbo era this year, engine manufacturers Renault and Ferrari turned to the help of external suppliers for the design of the actual turbocharger unit. Renault works with the Austrian company APC Pankl, and Ferrari’s is a bespoke Honeywell turbo.

The dominant and relatively problem free Mercedes unit, on the other hand, is designed and built ‘in-house’.

Although Honda will follow the Renault and Ferrari model of out sourcing, Speed Week and Italian media sources, report that the Japanese manufacturer will have its turbo made by a Tokyo-based company IHI.

IHI, formerly Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, has solid links to Mercedes parent Daimler, having set up a joint venture in Germany some years ago to design and manufacture turbo units. Daimler and IHI split only last year. (GMM)