Honda to hitch forces with Aston Martin from 2026
Forward of the Monaco Grand Prix, Aston Martin has as we speak introduced that it is going to be coming into right into a works partnership with Honda from the 2026 F1 season onwards.
Honda returned to the game in 2018 when it began supplying powertrains to Toro Rosso (now Scuderia Alpha Tauri) in 2018 earlier than transferring up the ladder to provide engines to Purple Bull Racing in 2019.
The partnership culminated in a world championship in 2021 when Max Verstappen secured his first title within the Honda-powered Purple Bull Racing automotive with the success repeated final yr when the Milton Keynes-based squad clinched each the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
The announcement additionally implies that Aston Martin’s long-time partnership with Mercedes is ready to return to an finish. The Anglo-German producer has been the engine provider of the Silverstone-based staff since 2009 with the partnership set to proceed till the tip of the present energy unit period. It implies that Aston Martin will use the Mercedes-developed energy items, plus the gearbox and rear suspension till the tip of 2025.
“One of many key causes for our determination to take up the brand new problem in F1 is that the world’s pinnacle type of racing is striving to turn into a sustainable racing sequence, which is consistent with the course Honda is aiming towards carbon neutrality, and it’ll turn into a platform which can facilitate the event of our electrification applied sciences,” stated Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe.
“Honda is an organization that has a historical past of rising by taking up challenges and successful world-class races. With the brand new 2026 laws, the important thing for successful shall be a compact, light-weight, and high-power electrical motor with a high-performance battery able to dealing with excessive and swift energy output, in addition to the vitality administration know-how.
“We consider that the applied sciences and know-how gained from this new problem can doubtlessly be utilized on to our future mass manufacturing electrical autos, reminiscent of an electrical flagship sports activities mannequin, and electrification applied sciences in numerous areas, together with eVTOL which is presently below analysis and improvement.
“Honda and our new companion, the Aston Martin F1 Staff, share the identical honest perspective and dedication to win, so beginning with the 2026 season, we are going to work collectively and attempt for the Championship title as Aston Martin Aramco Honda.
AMF1 Staff has as we speak introduced it’s coming into right into a works partnership with Honda from 2026.The Japanese producer will provide energy items to the staff from the 2026 season.Discover out extra beneath.
— Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Staff (@AstonMartinF1) Might 24, 2023
Aston Martin proprietor Lawrence Stroll stated: “We share a mutual drive, dedication, and relentless ambition to succeed on monitor. Honda is a world titan and its success in motorsport is longstanding and extremely spectacular.”
Koji Watanabe, President of Honda Racing Company – the racing division of Honda which can run the challenge – added: “Within the midst of main modifications in our enterprise and the motorsports atmosphere main towards the transition to a carbon impartial society, we’ve got re-established HRC as an optimum platform to maintain and additional evolve motorsport actions as a Honda power. We’ll set up sustainable operational constructions for our racing actions and proceed to ship extra desires and pleasure for motorsports followers all around the globe.”
Group CEO of Aston Martin Efficiency Applied sciences Martin Whitmarsh added: “The brand new 2026 F1 energy unit laws are an enormous and essential change, however one which we’re assured we will navigate efficiently collectively. Collectively with our strategic companion Aramco, we will sit up for open collaboration in direction of a standard aim.
“Our future works partnership with Honda is among the final elements of the jigsaw puzzle slotting into place for Aston Martin’s bold plans in Formulation 1. Lastly, I wish to pay tribute to our present energy unit provider who we are going to proceed to companion with for the subsequent few seasons.”