Honda fires up new Formula 1 engine
18 October 2013 – Honda has released a recording of its new turbocharged V6 Formula 1 engine, which was recently fired up for the first time. The Japanese brand is returning to the sport in 2015, with its McLaren partnership being announced earlier this year.
Formula 1 will undergo major technical changes next season, spearheaded by the new drivetrain technology. In place of V8 engines, 1.6-litre V6 units will be introduced, aiming to give the sport a greener image and provide more relevance to the road.
Similar to the dyno soundbites published by Renault and Mercedes in recent weeks, Honda's upcoming powerplant features a higher pitch than the current crop of units, although upshift and downshift noises were not present in its initial audio preview.
Formula 1's first turbo era began in 1977, and concluded 11 seasons later in 1988.
Honda's new Formula 1 engine