Honda to base their F1 effort in Milton Keynes


Honda have revealed their European race operations will be based in Milton Keynes.

The Japanese manufacturer, who won consecutive F1 championships between 1987 and 1991, are returning to the sport in 2015, providing engines for McLaren.

While the engines will be built in at their research and development centre in Tochigi, Japan, the manufacturer felt it was important to establish a European facility to support its racing operation.

Honda plans to begin operations in Milton Keynes in June 2014, with the facility - already being used by Honda associates Mugen - providing a base for their trackside support operations, as well as a suitable location to rebuild and maintain engines.

Yasuhisa Arai, Honda’s chief officer of motorsports, said: “With the confirmation of a new F1 operation base in UK, 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.”

Mugen Euro Vice President Hiro Toyoda announced the reason for the change of location.

He said: “As our business at Mugen Euro progresses towards expansion of our current and future engine customer support and development programmes we envisaged the need for significantly larger and better-equipped premises in order to accommodate them. We are also taking advantage of the latest available technologies in installing the most up-to-date dynamometers and control equipment, as well as markedly improving the facilities for our staff and visitors”.