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Honda F1 V6: Listen to it howl

2013-10-19 08:38

MAKING SOUND CHANGES: Jenson Button and his 2013 McLaren (front). From 2014 the team will be powered by Honda. Image: AFP

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2013 Renault V6 F1 engine

2013-06-24 07:44

Formula 1 will enter a new era in in 2014 as the sport replaces current V8 powerplants for V6 units. Watch as Renault unveils its new 1.6 V6 engine! VIDEO

Quiet? No excitement? Here's proof that 2014's V6 F1 engines are anything but quiet. Take a first  listen to Honda's...

Honda has released a recording of its new F1 engine which was recently fired up for the first time. It kind of silences the critics.

The engine is being developed for the 2015 season in which Honda will participate under a joint project with McLaren.

Manabu Nishimae, president of Honda Motor Europe, said: "It is exciting to hear the cry of our new-born Formula 1 engine for the first time. Our engineers are working hard to develop it and we are all looking forward to the start of the 2015 season."

Listen to the new engine howl

Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the engine, including the required energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.

From 2014, F1 regulations dictate the introduction of a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing was central to Honda's decision to participate in F1.

Throughout its history, Honda says, it has passionately pursued improvements to the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and, in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems.

"Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas," the automaker says. "Furthermore, a new generation of Honda engineers can experience the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport."

Honda will base its European racing operation in Milton Keynes, England, from June 2014.
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