McLaren and Honda may expand their alliance beyond the world of Formula 1, according a report from the UK's Autocar, which quotes McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh.

Citing the multi-year deal, Whitmarsh remarked at last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, "It's a pure Formula 1 contract, but we've already been looking at automotive technology and we're sharing that very openly. Our road car strategy at the moment has no other automotive partner and Honda would be a good place to collaborate."

Still, we wouldn't count on seeing a McLaren-Honda road car in the near future. According to Autocar, McLaren's road-car division is already tied up working on a rival for the Porsche 911, called the P13.

Whitmarsh's rhetoric was echoed by a joint statement from the two manufacturers:

"On 16 May 2013, Honda announced its decision to participate in Formula 1 from the 2015 season, under a joint project with McLaren. This has led to a full, open and productive working relationship with McLaren. As Martin Whitmarsh has stated, many ideas have been discussed between McLaren and Honda colleagues.

However, we both know how challenging it is to win in Formula 1, and we need to be 100 per cent committed to that task. Therefore, at this stage, all our focus is towards the development of the 2015 Formula 1 car and powertrain, and there are no plans for collaboration on other projects at this moment."



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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to it
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      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Mclaren is going to benefit more from this agreement more than honda, been Mclaren is not as advance technically as williams, it does not exactly build alot of engines and KERS , but where honda will benefit is Aerodynamics and platform development.
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          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          Audi and porsche are not the only cars williams develop, Williams develop other system for other automakers, still questioning williams road car development?
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          I hope Aaron N , aaront _mt and other can see that the great Mc laren you refer to is tuned by wiiliams, read the williams solution page and you see that williams develop system for Mc laren. http://www.williamsf1.com/Advanced-Engineering/Vehicle-Solutions/
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N, you have no clue about williams, williams make the porsche hybrid system, the system audi uses and beat the other racing cars , and the system audi is using and beating other cars, take a look at the Audi S4, and are more advance in engine development for williams. http://www.williamsf1.com/Advanced-Engineering/
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          aaronmt_mt you are an ass***le, before you open your mouth know what williams does and what Mclaren does.
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bobby_Sards Are you serious? Jordan.
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          Bobby_Sards
          • 1 Year Ago
          Formula 1 cars are slightly more advanced than road cars. Arguing who is more advanced is like arguing Lebron vs. Jordan
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please, Honda, do something. Your road cars have very lost their appeal.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      let me see now, we have honda/ mclaren and nissan/ williams, who is next in line? http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/nissan-and-williams-f1-co-develop-road-cars
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        If only these partnerships resulted in more entertaining road cars...
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think McLaren is also needing something other than their 3.8 V-8 if they want to expand their product line the way they seem to want to.
      smithr603b
      • 1 Year Ago
      The CEO that brings boring and dullness to the company and the least he nearly kills the Acura Brand. *Applauds*
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