The future for Jordan looks bright after the team announced on Thursday an important liaison with Honda for the supply of works engines. The link with a major manufacturer is vitally important in the battle to get on terms with the top teams in...
The future for Jordan looks bright after the team announced on Thursday an important liaison with Honda for the supply of works engines. The link with a major manufacturer is vitally important in the battle to get on terms with the top teams in F1. Honda will supply equal specification engines to both Jordan and BAR next season.
"This is a massive breakthrough for Benson & Hedges Jordan," said Eddie Jordan. "To have the support and commitment of Honda gives renewed credibility to our ambitions to win the World Championship. I believe that Jordan-Honda now represents the most exciting technical package for the years ahead.
"This is without doubt the biggest ever deal for Jordan Grand Prix and a tribute to the hard work put in by everyone at the factory over the years. We know we've got to work harder still to fulfil the potential. There can be no excuses though, everything is in place to win championships.
"I would like to thank Mr Hirotoshi Honda and Mugen for their great support during the past three years and their encouragement in creating this platform for the future."
Honda has an impressive pedigree in F1. This is the Japanese company's third era of participation in Grand Prix racing, having run their own team in the mid-Sixties and then returned in 1983, winning six consecutive Constructors' Championships and five drivers' titles as engine supplier to Williams and McLaren before withdrawing at the end of 1992. Honda began this latest exciting phase in 2000 with BAR.
Takeo Fukui, Senior Managing and Representative Director in charge of Motor Sport Activities, Honda Motor Co Ltd, commented. "Along with our joint development of chassis technology with BAR, the supply of works engines to Jordan represents a new challenge in Honda's third period of participation in F1. Through these efforts we will continue to do our utmost to meet the expectations of motor sport fans. In addition we will continue our challenge in the American CART series and Motorcycle Championship races at the same level of commitment as the present.'