The Honda development team’s decision to return to F1 is part of the firm’s plan to develop more advanced road cars.
Dundee, Angus -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/25/2015 -- During a media interview with the Australian media,Yasuhira Arai, who is the Honda Motorsport boss told Drive that F1 is being used as a way to carry out long-term experiments. This is expected to help the firm to develop new technologies for use in their road cars. He pointed out that the firm's current hybrid road car engines were developed as a direct result of the technology used in F1.
The engine in the new F1 car already contains technology that is expected to be adapted and used in road cars at some point in the future. At the moment, the engine is proving problematic, but those problems will be solved quickly allowing Honda to compete effectively in 2015.
This year's Honda F1 engine is a 1.6-litre turbo V6. It is believed to be the most compact and lightweight engine in the field.
Once the issues have been solved, an engine like this could easily be fitted to the firm's road cars providing consumers with more space as well as further fuel savings. The ultra high-pressure injection system is also a feature of the F1 engine that could quickly find its way into road cars.
Naturally, the new Jazz, which Honda released at the Geneva Motor show in March, does not feature any of this new F1 tech, but it does feature new fuel technology that provides improved efficiency.
The new Jazz does not become available until the summer, but buyers have already shown a lot of interest. It is expected that many current Jazz owners will trade in their existing cars for the new model. This will have the knock on effect of making it far easier to buy a used Honda in Dundee and in other parts of the UK.
Currently, demand for used cars is coming close to outstripping availability. This is because British consumers once again have the confidence to make big purchases and are buying used cars in huge numbers. In the last quarter of 2014, there were records sales of used cars, with 1.92 million cars being sold. The last time used car sales reached those levels was 2006. The used car market needs new models to be released to generate trade ins, which in turn makes more used cars available to feed the market.
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