Honda has announced plans to leave the Formula One World Championship in pursuit of environmental initiatives and research on carbon-free technologies.
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer says it will end its participation in the international sports event as a power unit supplier at the end of the 2021 season.
The firm says it intends to focus on developing technologies that could help it reach its 2050 carbon-neutral goal – these technologies include power units for fuel cell vehicles and battery electric vehicles.
In April of this year, Honda created a new centre called Innovative Research Excellence, Power Unit and Energy.
Honda to Conclude Participation in FIA Formula One World Championship.
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The firm added: “As the automobile industry undergoes a once-in-one-hundred-years period of great transformation, Honda has decided to strive for the ‘realisation of carbon-neutrality by 2050.
“This goal will be pursued as part of Honda’s environmental initiatives which is one of the top priorities of Honda as a mobility manufacturer.”