The Honda-McLaren partnership that lead legendary F1 driver Aryton Senna to three Wold Championships is set to be revived from 2015. This deal was confirmed by both companies in May this year and now news has emerged that McLaren may extend the deal further for its road cars.
McLaren’s F1 team principal Martin Whitmarsh mentioned during an interview with Autocar that the company is open to collaborate with Honda as part of their road car strategy. This partnership though, will not be reflected on the current range of McLaren vehicles which include the MP4-12C, the P1 and the upcoming P13. McLaren presently source their engines from Ricardo and their transmissions from Graziano.
Technicalities of the deal have not been revealed yet, but the return of Honda into F1 after five years and the McLaren-Honda reunion are both feisty news and if the deal is a bilateral agreement, then the next generation of Honda race cars like the NSX may be influenced by McLaren technology.