HondaJet Elite
Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko stands in the foreground of Italian Formula One team Scuderia AlphaTauri's new HondaJet Elite. The Red Bull-sponsored F1 team now drives and flies with Honda. (Photo: Rheinland Air Service)

Italian Team Has A New Jet

With its recent acceptance of a HondaJet Elite, Italian Formula One team Scuderia AlphaTauri is now powered by Honda on the track and in the air. The Red Bull–sponsored F1 team has relied on engines and engineering from Honda Motor since its inception, so “it was only natural” for the team to fly on a Honda aircraft.

After the team's very light jet arrived at Honda Aircraft dealer Rheinland Air Service (RAS) in mid-August at Germany’s Mönchengladbach Airport, RAS provided HondaJet pilot base training. RAS is the exclusive European HondaJet dealer, as well as an EASA- and FAA-authorized service center.

Notably, turbine engineers from Honda Aircraft collaborated on turbocharger improvements in the latest Spec 3 engine upgrade to Red Bull’s F1 race car. The car and jet share other engineering similarities, including advanced aerodynamics and carbon composite construction

Scuderia AlphaTauri said the HondaJet is perfect for European routes such as London to Cannes, Geneva to Frankfurt, and Milan to Paris. “The HondaJet is ideal because it is particularly efficient on short- and medium-distance routes,” it added. “It will be used by Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri as part of our Formula 1 cooperation.”

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