HondaJet Elite delivered to Red Bull F1 Team
September 14, 2020 By Wings Staff
Honda Aircraft Company delivered a HondaJet Elite to the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team Scuderia AlphaTauri, which began using the aircraft earlier this month during the Italian Grand Prix. Red Bull AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly won the Italian race on September 6.
The aircraft delivery speaks to a growing partnership between the two companies, after AlphaTauri back in 2018 made the bold move to replace its power-unit partner, Renault, with Honda and its new RA620H engine.
AlphaTauri will primarily operate its new HondaJet Elite aircraft in Europe for a range of purposes, including transporting drivers, other athletes and officers, and previewing racing circuits.
“Formula 1 Racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, and we are pleased to be able to offer the Red Bull team a competitive edge through our aircraft’s unrivaled efficiency, performance and comfort,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO, Honda Aircraft. “With an industry-leading dispatch reliability, the HondaJet Elite is perfect for professional athletes, who need safe, reliable and quick travel from city to city.”
Fujino also noted Honda Aircraft is expanding its services in Europe with the construction a new flight training centre in the United Kingdom. Honda Aircraft’s sales and service footprint spans North America, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, India and Japan.
The HondaJet fleet is currently comprised of more than 155 aircraft worldwide and it has been the most delivered light jet in its class in 2017, 2018, and 2019.