Racing improves the breed.

soichiro honda
An all-Honda racer

The Honda RA271 was the first Japanese car to race F1 – powered by a 1.5L V12 engine. We were one of only a few teams that built both power unit and chassis. It was purebred; Honda through and through.

The machine that helped us win it

The ‘65 season also saw us unveil the Honda RA272. Famous for its roaring 48-valve V12 water-cooled engine, it squeezed out 230bhp with rapid acceleration.

We will not be content with this victory alone. We will study why we won and aggressively apply those winning technologies to new cars.

Honda returns

After 15 years, F1’s technological evolution coaxed us back to the paddock. Our revival took the shape of the 1.5L V6 turbo RA163E, supplied to Williams and Spirit. It felt good to be back.

The birth of PGM-F1

F1 is constantly evolving. And ’83 was no different. Electronically-controlled fuel injection technology was introduced, so we engineered PGM-F1. The result was cleaner combustion and better fuel efficiency.

The start of something special

The grit of our RA166E V6 turbo engine ruled the track, and we took home the Constructors’ Championship. Despite missing the Drivers’ win by just two points, ‘86 marked the beginning of a golden era for Honda.

Honda: F1 champions

In ’87, our time had come. Powering both Lotus and Williams, we claimed the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships. The victory Soichiro Honda had always dreamt of.

A model of success

The Williams-Honda FW11 was considered one of the most powerful cars of the ’86 season. With our brand new RA166E V6 turbo engine, the car pushed out over a 1,000bhp.

Since I was a small child, one of my dreams has been to compete in motor vehicle races all over the world with a vehicle of my own making, and to win.


Senna sits in his car ready for the Canadian Grand Prix.

A McLaren-Honda one-two

In the season of ‘89, turbos were banned. We opted for a V10 while the competition chose V8s and V12s. Our strategy triumphed. The McLaren-Honda team bagged the Constructors’ Championship yet again – this time with Prost taking the Drivers’ title.

Silverware galore

In the ’89 season, Prost sealed his Championship with 11 podium finishes. Senna tailed him by just 16 points.

We stepped back to supply engines to independent racing teams from behind the scenes.

Honda and BAR

With the BAR-Honda team in its 4th season, we took 2nd place in the Constructors’ Championship. Jenson Button finished 3rd in the Drivers’ runnings, claiming 10 podium finishes for the team.

Button celebrates a 3rd place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix.