By officially returning to Formula 1 in 2026 with the Aston Martin team, Honda reveals that it wants to transfer electric technology into a sports car.
Last week, we were covering the rumor of a potential Honda electric sports car. Originally, Autocar had a fine nose since the Japanese manufacturer announced its return as an F1 engine manufacturer with Aston Martin.
But what relationship will you tell me? The new regulations arriving in 2026 have changed the game. The FIA will require single-seaters to integrate a hybrid unit into the electric block three times more powerful than at present. And it is this component that seems to interest Honda, this one having started like (almost) all the other automotive groups its electric transition.
The firm will therefore supply Aston Martin with a hybrid engine, with combustion fueled by synthetic fuel, and therefore electric via the “ERS” energy recovery system. More than racing, Honda will transfer technology “in production electric cars, like a flagship sports model”.
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Honda therefore confirms the rumor of a new sports car, the details of which are however unknown. Will it be of the caliber of an S2000 type roadster, or of the NSX supercar? Development has only just begun, so this sports model should arrive at best in 2026.
And Honda will not limit the transfer of F1 to rolling stock. The Japanese group will employ “electrification technologies in many sectors, such as eVTOL”. Soon electric flying machines thanks to F1?
At the same time, Aston Martin did not specify to take advantage of this opportunity. However, the Honda CEO replied that future road cars developed with Aston Martin were “a possibility”. After all, the English brand has integrated V8 engines from its F1 partner Mercedes (and 9.7% investor), and designed its Valkyrie with the Red Bull Racing team.
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