Supercar Sunday: McLaren and Honda Could Collaborate on Small Sports Car

By Jacob Brown | August 11, 2013
McLaren has long been a force to be reckoned with in Formula 1 racing, but it has only been recently that it's gone into making Ferrari-rivaling sports cars. First was the McLaren MP4-12C that came nearly 20 years after the 240-mph McLaren F1 road car first rolled off the line. Then at the Geneva Motor Show, we got our first look at the 2014 McLaren P1, a 903-horsepower hybrid supercar that will compete with the Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari.
Third up will be a Porsche 911 competitor called the P13, which we expect to come in well under the McLaren 12C's $230,000 starting price.
After that, the door is open for collaboration with Honda for another sports car. "It’s a pure Formula 1 contract, but we’ve already been looking at automotive technology and we’re sharing that very openly," said McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, according to U.K. Autocar magazine. "Our road car strategy at the moment has no other automotive partner and 
Honda would be a good place 
to collaborate." Under Honda's roof is the 2015 Acura NSX, a hybrid sports car that's being developed in Ohio. One of its benchmarks is said to be the McLaren MP4-12C. More than likely, the two companies will share technical expertise on their various projects. Arranged earlier this year, the McLaren-Honda tie-up helps Honda get back into Formula 1 as an engine supplier. It was seen as a natural fit for the two automakers since they've worked closely with one another in F1 and in some work on the original McLaren F1. It was McLaren driver Ayrton Senna who did many of the fast laps for Honda on the original NSX in the late-1980s. And Gordon Murray, then one of the heads of the McLaren F1's development, used the NSX as a benchmark for its practicality, ease of use, and comfort, which Murray stressed during his $1 million car's development. McLaren and Honda only look to share their racing expertise, which spans more than five decades apiece. But could they co-develop a car? Sure. What badge would it carry, though, Honda's or McLaren's? Source: Autocar