The head of Motorsport division, Honda Yusuke Hasegawa acknowledged that the transition to the new concept of the engine in 2017 is not without risk.
After a disastrous return in the 2015 season the Japanese engineers have made some progress in the past year, but nevertheless remained behind its competitors from Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault.
In an attempt to reduce the gap in Honda decided to take the risk in developing a new motor.
“The engine concept has completely changed – Hasegawa said in an interview with AUTOSPORT. – The risk is very high because we still have much to learn about this new concept.
We know that this will give an advantage in efficiency, but there is a risk that implementation capacity in the course of the season.
We need to focus on the internal combustion engine. If we improve the engine and thus increase exhaust energy, it will be necessary to increase the efficiency of the turbine, otherwise you will not be able to achieve the desired power level.
We still have to run some tests, including trial and error.
I hope we understand correctly, in the right direction and what you need to work. But it will be difficult to simultaneously improve the individual elements and the internal combustion engine as a whole.”
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