Honda has confirmed that they have re designed the engine configuration for their 2017 Formula One engine.
The Japanese manufacturer has decided to make the major overhaul with the new for 2017 regulations giving the teams a chance to gain ground on the front running Mercedes outfit. When Honda returned to F1 in 2015 they came back with a ‘size zero’ design that seen the engine tightly packed and the turbo and compressor split. The rest of the grid had the now tried and tested route done by Mercedes originally with the turbo at one end and the compressor at the other, which has worked so well they have been near unbeatable since the introduction of the hybrid systems in 2014.
The other reason for the change now is that the engine development token scheme has been scrapped. Perviously teams had a set number of token per season for engine development and this limited the amount of changes that could be made in one go. With this no longer the case technical director Tim Goss is expecting to have a better engine available to better fit the McLaren’s design.
“For 2017, the Honda engine architecture and layout have been altered to serve both for performance and packaging needs. The new power unit takes much of the learning from the past two seasons but has been specifically redesigned for this season.”
It will be interesting to see if the change makes a dramatic improvement to the fortunes and performance of the team for the coming season. Many would think that a good season is needed to retain Fernando Alonso after this season when his three year deal runs its course. Can the former constructors champions get back to former glory with Honda and replicate some of the success they had from the late 80’s? Winter testing will provide some answer when it begins in Barcelona on February 27th.