vantage87 wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:13 pm
Honda will bring the 4th specification of its engine to Belgium
http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... &sandbox=1
"Specification 2 was introduced in Barcelona, we were already working on Specification 3. At that time, we knew we were working on some good things but were not ready at the moment, so we needed a few more months for them," he said. Honda's chief Jusuke Hasegawa.
Implementation of the second and third specifications separated 6 weeks, the fourth specification will be deployed 9 weeks after the third - before it was originally expected. Its performance is initially only slightly higher (up to 15 hp), but Honda hopes it will provide the potential for a larger increase before the Fifth Specification.
This is potentially very big news not for this season but with regards to the gains next season and making that step towards competitive respectability.
Spec 3 has yielded some more promising reliability and if step 4 continues that they can keep chipping away at the horsepower.
Andy Cowell got it bang on when he said he felt Honda had gone in the wrong direction when they first returned and his recent comments suggesting he feels they will now be likely to get it right sooner rather than later suggests he knows they've turned a corner, long term at least. (Especially given that there's been some Merc guidance apparantly)
As always though, it is about delivering it on track.