Honda has decided to shift its focus from F1 racing to becoming even more eco-friendly. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it’s withdrawing from F1 racing at the end of the 2021 season to put its resources towards battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
“Honda needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery EV technologies, which will be the core of carbon-free technologies,” said the automaker in a press release.
Honda has the corporate goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050.
The carmaker still plans on remaining involved in motorsports, and won’t be leaving racing entirely. It confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program, and will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains starting in 2023. There’s also an expectation that the brand will come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.
The Honda F1 program has been on-again, off-again since the 1960s. It has worked as its own team and has also provided engines to other teams throughout the last 50 years or so. Honda-powered vehicles won three F1 races in 2019 and have won two so far in 2020.
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