Honda Changes F1 Stance As Combustion Engine Are Set To See Another Day
Formula 1 is actively working to move towards a greener future by introducing major sustainable changes.
Formula 1: Formula 1 is actively working to move towards a greener future by introducing major sustainable changes. From changing the engines the evolving technological innovations, F1 has pioneered this cause over the decades. The F1 power units have paved the way for better and sustainable road cars due to lesser fuel consumption and more performance. Similarly, they have been working towards a carbon-free sport.
However, amidst all this, it seems there will be an extension to of use combustion engine than what many would have earlier predicted. Earlier, as the global geopolitics dictates, it seemed that we are heading towards an all-electric future. Right from the road cars to the motorsports, electric vehicles are being seen as the future instead of the combustion engines. This belief, however, isn’t whole.
Recently, Audi and Honda have committed to sustainably fueled turbo hybrid regulations from 2026. This goes way beyond F1 and the inter-team competition. The recent trend is derived by multiple international agendas and conferences. “To achieve 100 percent electrified vehicles in new passenger car sales by 2035; to promote associated infrastructure and sustainable carbon-neutral fuels including sustainable bio- and synthetic fuels,” read the G7 statement recently.
Christian Horner comments on Honda’s new F1 stance
Red Bull and Honda achieved something extraordinary together. The duo was able to keep Mercedes and their dominance at bay the turbo-hybrid era. Max Verstappen’s title in 2021 meant so much more when you look at the sheer pre-eminence of the Brackley team. Soon after that valued achievement, Honda decided to back out from their role in F1 to work towards the all-electric future.
Following the same, Red Bull to take their engine needs in their own hands, with Honda just for backend support. Now, Aston Martin recently got into an agreement with Honda to serve their engine needs. Clearly, this is a U-Turn on their earlier stance. Recently, Red Bull team boss opened up on the same.
“For me, it demonstrates that the combustion engine isn’t dead yet and that there’s still life in combustion. Obviously when they [Honda] withdrew, it was because of electrification. And I think perhaps with sustainable fuels and zero emissions, plus the route that Formula 1 is going for 2026, combustion became relevant to them again,” said Horner as reported by Motorsport.com.
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