McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh with his Honda counterpart CEO Takanobu Ito, as they announced their new F1 partnership.
They’ve already announced a formidable alliance on the track, but according to new reports Honda and McLaren just might have some aspirations for the street, as well.
The two new Formula One partners have been sending some mixed signals, but McLaren’s CEO broaded hinted last weekend that it might be interest in an opportunity to “collaborate” with Honda on what would likely be a very high-performance vehicle.
Honda already has one coming in the form of its Acura NSX supercar which is expected to return to production by late 2014. Notably, the reborn NSX will rely on a new, three-motor hybrid drivetrain. McLaren, in turn, adopted a hybrid system for its latest entry, the million-dollar P1 ultra-car.
The Last Word!
It was barely three months ago that the two makers agreed to pair up on a “full, open and productive” Formula 1 program that will be ready to run by the 2015 season. In a joint statement issued on May 16th, they cautioned, “all our focus is towards the development of the 2015 Formula 1 car and powertrain, and there are no plans for collaboration on other projects at this moment.”
Of course, anyone who follows the auto industry knows better than to take “no” for an answer, especially in an age when collaborative efforts are the norm, rather than the exception.