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Honda: Why the engine update is 3.6 and not 4

Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Sports

25. August 2017 – 7:30 pm

Still no "dream": McLaren boss Brown and Honda man Hasegawa

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(cafetheology.org) – The McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have received a revised drive unit from Honda for the Grand Prix of Belgium of Formula 1 at Spa-Francorchamps. However, already the unusual names of the new version make sure that the current update is not a big throw. At Alonso, the engine used in Hungary has been modified and is now called the "3.5" version, and Vandoorne has a new drive unit with the version number 3.6 "We wanted to get a 4-speed version, but we have not succeeded in doing so", says Honda Motorschef Yusuke Hasegawa admit. "We could not keep up with the schedule and have only made a half upgrade, so we called it 3.5 and 3.6, which is a decent move, but we are still struggling for improvements." Configuration was not completely round. In his first round Alonso complained about loss of performance on Friday, then there were no longer any more difficulties. However, a clear performance plus was not visible when looking at the results. Alonso finished on Friday 11th, Vandoorne landed on position 14. "Looking at the data, we are seeing good progress," Hasegawa said. "But we must make further progress if we want to convince McLaren." This is also necessary because McLaren is still flagging with a change to Renault, as confirmed on Friday officially. "Neither we nor Hasegawa are satisfied with the development", ZL Brown says. "In Spa, we have seen some progress but not at the level we had hoped for." In order to reach this level, Honda has been using the help of Swiss "Motorenpapstes" Mario Illien and his company Ilmor back for quite some time , One step that McLaren is doing well. "I can say that Ilmor is a company that McLaren has already worked with and that was very good and successful," says Brown. In the late 1990s, Ilmor was responsible for the Mercedes engines with which McLaren became Formula One World Champion by Mika Hkkinen in 1998 and 1999.


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