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Honda F1 to use Merc-linked turbos

2014-07-11 09:23

WAY BACK WHEN: Jenson Button (left) and Reubens Barrichello with the Honda entrant for the team's last racing season in 2008. Image: AFP

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Honda will make its return to F1 in 2015 with the help of a Mercedes-linked company, it has emerged.

From the start of F1's new V6 era in 2014 engine-builders Renault and Ferrari turned to external suppliers for the design of the turbocharger. Renault works with the Austrian company APC Pankl, Ferrari with Honeywell Turbo.

Dominant Mercedes, however, designed and assembled its own turbocharger. Honda, returning to F1 in 2015 to supply its works V6 engine to McLaren, will follow the Renault and Ferrari model.

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Germany's Speed Week, as well as Italian media sources, have reported that the Japanese automaker will have its turbo made by a Tokyo-based company called IHI, formerly Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries.

The company has solid links to Mercedes parent Daimler, having set up a joint venture in Germany some years ago to design and assemble turbochargers.

Daimler and IHI split in 2013.
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