I like Honda. I’ve owned a Honda. I currently own a Honda lawn mower (actually two of them). I cheered for Honda to do well in Formula 1 under the watchful eye of Ross Brawn and the persnickety driving talents of Jenson Button. I was gutted (didn’t cry) when they left Formula 1. I called them names for leaving F1.
The good news is they are coming back…sort of. They will show their cheerful face in Formula 1 by being clamped down in the back of a sexy McLaren MP4…something or other in 2015 as an engine supplier. Truth is, they’re ready to go in 2014 and this new video proves it:
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Today Honda has released a recording of its new F1 engine, which was recently fired for the first time. The engine is being developed for the 2015 season where Honda will participate under a joint project with McLaren.
Now color me reactionary but I’ll be honest, that sounds a lot like a Honda weed whacker to me. Just a thought…what happens if all the cars show up on the grid in 2014 and it sounds like a nest of bees or a MotoGP grid? That will be embarrassing. Not that MotoGP is embarrassing, that’s to be expected because they are motorcycles but F1 cars sounding like a Toro Leaf Blower? I’m not so sure.
You see I grew up in a time when toys were real and you could buy a Cox gas-powered car. It was a small engine with real fuel and having watched my older brother tear up our local grade school parking lot with his Cox dragster for hours on end, I have that sound seared into my brain. Tragically it was the first thing I thought of when I heard Honda’s new V6 Turbo for F1. Don’t believe me? Watch this:
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You see? If Cox were still around, I see no reason they couldn’t have entered F1 as an engine supplier for Marussia or Caterham.