Formula 1: How failure led to Honda’s F1 success with Red Bull

Red Bull made a series of requests of Honda for the engine that they believed would improve the overall performance of the car. Tanabe says the Honda engine has a thermal efficiency of “more than 50%”. Through a redesign of the hybrid system, Tanabe says Honda this year managed to “improve the power of the internal combustion engine without harming energy recovery. These changes enabled Honda to increase the power from both the engine and the hybrid system at the same time. In addition to Honda’s improved engine, the result is that Red Bull have supplanted Mercedes as F1’s pace-setters. Red Bull have struck a deal with Honda to buy the intellectual property rights to the engine and to continue using it.

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