Honda plan­ning a rad­i­cal en­gine re­design af­ter F1 to­ken sys­tem is scrapped

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Honda will al­ter the con­fig­u­ra­tion of its For­mula 1 en­gine for this year, fol­low­ing the scrap­ping of the FIA’S re­stric­tive devel­op­ment to­ken sys­tem.

Honda has pi­o­neered a ‘size zero’ con­cept since its re­turn to the sport in 2015, but had fought a con­stant bat­tle to make up ground to pack leader Mercedes amid a string of per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues.

Honda’s orig­i­nal de­sign ran a split turbo and com­pres­sor within the con­fines of its V-bank V6 en­gine. In con­trast Mercedes’ de­sign has its com­pres­sor at one end of the en­gine and tur­bine at the other. Honda is said to favour this style of de­sign.

Mclaren tech­ni­cal direc­tor Tim Goss con­firmed that the Honda en­gine the team will use this year will be very dif­fer­ent as the firm has been given the free­dom to heav­ily al­ter the de­sign.

“The to­ken sys­tem that was ap­plied to en­gine devel­op­ment has been dis­con­tin­ued, so for 2017 the Honda en­gine ar­chi­tec­ture and lay­out have been al­tered to serve for both per­for­mance and pack­ag­ing needs,” said Goss.

“The new power unit takes much of the learn­ing from the past two sea­sons, but has been specif­i­cally re­designed for this year.”

Mclaren will have a new en­gine

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