Honda had a lot of catching up to do when it rejoined Formula 1 a year after the new power unit regulations had kicked in, but they’re quickly getting the McLaren-Honda team back in shape and in the midst of competition. Though the team struggled early in the season, it managed a 5th place result at the last Grand Prix in Hungary and continues to improve.
Now, Honda says it will introduce an updated F1 engine at the Belgian Grand Prix that will match the power output of Ferrari—one of the top teams this year—which should make the car significantly more competitive.
“Mk 3 [will be introduced] in Spa [and] we have already started development on next season’s power unit,” said Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai. “Mk 4 will be on the same level as Mercedes, that is the target; Mk 3 will be on a level similar to Ferrari, which is what we’re aiming for. It’s a big step.”
The new power unit will include a revised internal combustion engine with changes to the combustion chamber, intake, gear-train system, and exhaust layout. Avery Greene Honda looks forward to seeing how the team handles the famous Eau Rouge corner at the Belgian Grand Prix!