Honda Cements Return to Formula One with European Racing Base in UK

     Honda Cements Return to Formula One with European Racing Base in UK

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, July 11, 2013

LONDON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it will base its European racing
operation in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, in preparation for participation
in the FIA*1 Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season.

As announced on May 16, 2013, Honda will participate in F1, under a joint
project with McLaren, as a supplier of the power unit including the engine and
energy recovery system from the 2015 season.

The new facility will be the European frontline operation for Honda's F1
participation and will rebuild and maintain the power units developed at Honda
R&D centre in Tochigi, Japan. Honda will also base its trackside support
operations from this new European office.

This office will be located in the new engine research and development centre
of MUGEN EURO Co., Ltd.*2, where Honda plans to start operations from June of

Whilst the development and manufacture of Honda's F1 power units will take
place at the R&D centre in Tochigi, Japan, it was important for Honda to
establish a European facility to support its racing operation. The U.K. is an
ideal location; it is the home of McLaren, many F1 suppliers are U.K. based
and with 7 of the 19 races taking place in Europe (2013), the U.K. acts as a
global hub for the transportation of parts as well as team personnel.

Facility overview

Address: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom Within the facility of

Office operations: F1 European frontline operations including rebuilding and
maintenance of power units, and trackside support. Engineer office for WTCC

Yasuhisa Arai, Senior Managing Officer and Director, Chief Officer of
Motorsports, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. said: "With the confirmation of a new F1
operation base in U.K., our preparation to join F1 has become more specific
and concrete. To meet and exceed the expectations of our fans, we will
accelerate our development to bring back the unique Honda engine sound onto
the track."


Notes to Editors

*1 FIA = Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile

*2 MUGEN EURO Co., Ltd. is a U.K. subsidiary of M-TEC Co. Ltd. (Japan)

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