Date published: November 13 2018
Honda have announced that they have agreed a technology partnership with Japanese company IHI.
They have revealed plans to accelerate the development of their turbo, by enhancing the deal with IHI, who they have worked with since their return to the sport in 2015.
The deal between Honda and IHI will last for two years, and the first components from the new partnership will arrive for the start of the 2019 season.
Honda are now fully integrated with the Red Bull programme, and will be providing power units to both the senior team, and Toro Rosso, for 2019 onwards.
Katsuhide Moriyama, the chief officer of brand and communications at Honda was delighted with the announcement.
“We expect this partnership to produce a notable step up in performance. Together, we will keep pushing to fight for wins,” Moriyama said.
Yoshinori Kawasaki, from the IHI company, said that they were hoping to take Honda back to their successful days.
“Through this new technical partnership, our aim is for the Honda PU to deliver the best possible performance, by accelerating development of the turbocharger,” Kawasaki said.
“We hope that as from the 2019 season, Honda’s power unit, using the IHI turbocharger, will deliver the sort of performance that thrilled motorsport fans back in the 80s and 90s.”