Honda announced the new technical partnership with their existing turbocharger supplier for their V6 F1 engines that will help them to reduce the power gap to leading F1 engine manufacturers.
Honda replaced McLaren with Toro Rosso in 2018 and their work convinced Red Bull that they are a better long-term possibility than continuing to work with Renault who has their own factory team.
Red Bull has openly said that next year they expect to be able to fight for the championship if Honda at least reduces their gap to leaders while Japanese manufacturer have confirmed that they have signed a new contract with IHI, rotary machines specialist.
The contract was signed for two years and the first results of the new cooperation will be seen on the 2019 Honda F1 engine that will be in Red Bull RB15 and Toro Rosso STR14.
“Through this new technical partnership, our goal is to deliver Honda’s best possible performance, accelerating the development of turbocharger,” said Yoshinori Kawasaki from IHI.
“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.”
Honda won six consecutive titles as the engine manufacturer from 1986 to 1991 – two with Williams and four with McLaren, and drivers used their engines to win five consecutive titles from 1987 to 1991.