The Honda mother ship in Japan revealed its motorsports ambitions for the upcoming season, and not surprisingly the brand that started by living the axiom “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” will have a number of entries across several series, both at home and abroad.
Five NSX Concept-GT teams will campaign the GT500 class in Super GT: Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, Drago Modulo Honda Racing, Keihin Real Racing, Epson Nakajima Racing, and Team Kunimitsu. Two-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engines will once again power the cars, which has been the spec since the 2014 season, and at this point there appears to be no GT300 Honda running, although that could change between now and the start of the season in April.
Teams in the homegrown Super Formula open-wheel championship (formerly Formula Nippon) will also rock 2.0L turbos in 2016. Among them will be the Team Mugen squad.
Moving outside of Japan, Honda’s highest profile will be in Formula One, where it will continue to be the engine supplier for McLaren-Honda. The internal combustion part of the spec hybrid power plant will again be a 1.6L V-6 turbo, but the pressure is really on now after Honda returned to the championship in 2015 after a seven-year hiatus only to have McLaren’s drivers – world champions Fernando Alonso and Jensen Button – finish the season in back-marker territory.
In the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Honda will continue providing to the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team the Civic WTCC, equipped with a 1.6-liter direct injection turbo engine. Finally, in the IndyCar Series in North America, Honda Performance Development (HPD), will supply HI16TT, 2.2-liter V6 twin turbo engines for the 11 machines raced by 6 teams.