Date: 12th July 2013 at 10:03am
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Honda will return to Formula One in 2015 and have announced that they will be opening a new UK base.

In May McLaren announced that they would be severing ties with Mercedes in 2015 and switching back to Honda who they enjoyed great success with during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The engine changes in Formula One that come into play in 2014 have led to Honda’s return, the 2.4-litre V8-engine’s which have been in place in Formula One since 2006 will be making way for new turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s.

The new turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s are boosted by better energy recovery systems. Giving Formula One a more environmentally friendly feel.

The current V8-engine’s produce 750hp and whilst the new power units will produce the same figure, more of it will come from the new Energy Recovery Systems.

In Formula One over the past couple of seasons spectators have become used to the use of kinetic energy recovery system [KERS], the current system producing 80hp and limited to just 6.7 seconds of anyone lap. With limited use it is generally used as a device to try and defend or attack for race position.

The new Energy Recovery System however will provide over double the horse power with 161hp and will be in use for 33.3 seconds per lap.

Many in Formula One believe the change in regulations will see a power shift in F1 with the manufacturers such as Ferrari and Mercedes holding an advantage over customer teams such as Red Bull and McLaren.

So a shift in partners could be beneficial for McLaren who have struggled this season since the improvement to Mercedes own team.

With McLaren partnering Honda they could see a recovery on the track.

Honda appear to be concentrating their efforts on McLaren and will be opening up a new European base in Milton Keynes.

A Honda statement on Sky Sports said: ‘the new facility will be the European frontline operation for Honda’s F1 participation and will rebuild and maintain the power units developed at Honda R&D center in Tochigi, Japan. Honda will also base its trackside support operations from this new European office’.

Honda intend to use the facility from next year onwards and it shouldn’t take them long to get up to speed with the MK base already being used by Honda associates Mugen.