The World Motor Council has now approved suggested the changes to the F1 engines. The new changes will require all cars to shift from the current 2.4 litre V engines to smaller 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Coincidentally, this is the same engine that Honda developed couple of months ago to compete in WTCC.
This has fuelled rumors that Honda might be just more than interested in running in WTCC with the new engine. The new engine has also made its way in the upcoming Civic Type R. According to a report from the Autocar based on Honda’s R&D head, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, about the possible use of this engine suggests the Honda being keen in participating in 2014 season.
Yamamoto didn’t directly confirm that Honda is planning for the return to F1, but said that on personal level he love racing and in case of F1 there is much more at stake. F1 is the top of the racing and it requires much more than just a car, it requires team work and large commitment. He also added that Honda is not just looking at these races but is also hoping to take part in it someday.
He further added that personally he don’t think that they can go directly back, but there is some chances of the changes of rules that could give Honda’s an opportunity to get back on tracks.
He then concentrated more on the topic and cleared Honda’s intentions by saying that the new 1.6 litre Turbocharged engine has performed quite well on WTCC and he was hoping that there could be some chance that will allow Honda to create the same engine for other racing events as well. And it is assumed that one of the racing events surely should be the F1.
But for now we are more in ‘may be’ condition about Honda getting back on the tracks but the fact that F1 passed the rule about 1.6 litre turbocharged engine and Honda released the same engine seems more than just a mere coincidence.