Honda Powered Racing Cars
Honda has had a colorful Formula 1 history as both a constructor and an engine supplier. They started by supplying engines to the official works team from 1964 until 1968 and returned in 1983 as an engine supplier until 1992. In 1983 they supplied engines for Spirit until 1992 and even worked with Lotus, McLaren, Tyrrell and Williams during that time. Honda engines were considered the ticket to Grand Prix glory due to their power, reliability, and winning track record. Honda supplied its engines to six constructor champions, as well as five driver championships before dropping out of the sport again. From 1993 to 1998, Honda's only presence in F1 was as an engine supplier through Mugen Motorsports. Honda returned again in 2000, providing engines for BAR and Jordan Grand Prix for 2001 and 2002. In 2006, alongside running their own team, Honda began to supply the Japanese Super Aguri F1 team. Super Aguri withdrew from the sport after 4 races in the 2008 season due to financial difficulties. Honda itself exited the sport at the end of the season. The self-exile ended in 2015 when the carmaker returned as works power unit supplier to McLaren. The partnership lasted only three years but by then Toro Rosso F1 racing outfit had become interested, replacing McLaren and agreeing to use Honda engines in its F1 cars. Red Bull joined in 2019 and that partnership yielded Honda its first ever hybrid-era win at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. Several more wins would follow, culminating in Red Bull driver Max Verstappen winning the 2021 World Championship. It marked the end of the Honda-Redbull program and Honda has yet again ended most of its involvement in Formula One (they will continue to support Red Bull power trains till 2025), deciding to focus instead on carbon-neutral processes and technologies.