Report: Honda making ‘steady progress’ developing 2015 engine for McLaren

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Even though the new Formula One season hasn’t even started, Honda is well on its way in preparations for returning to the circuit in 2015.

According to Formula1.com, Honda officials are making “steady progress” on the new turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine the company plans on powering the McLaren team with next season.

The story goes on to say that Honda has already established a F1 base in the United Kingdom and plans to install a dyno and assembly facilities are on target to be completed by June.

It also recently opened a new Honda Motorsports base in Sakura City, Tochigi, Japan, which will further the company’s F1 development program.

Honda powered McLaren to four consecutive championships from 1988 through 1991, with three titles by Ayrton Senna and one by Alain Prost. It also won the 1987 championship with Williams, with Nelson Piquet behind the wheel.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.