Honda’s beautifully designed light-weight aircraft has recently set two separate speed records – and it’s incredibly fuel efficient too. So after Honda’s last 2 seasons as engine supplier to McLaren, this might help remind the F1 team that Honda can make things quick…

Called the HondaJet, the aircraft was first released in December 2015 and Honda has been touting the jet as the fastest in its class. It has recently broken an existing record for its flight between New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport with a flight time of two hours and 51 minutes. It also set a record between Boston’s New Bedford Regional Airport and Palm Beach International Airport with a flight time of two hours and 58 minutes. That’s a maximum ground speed of 478 mph and 486 mph respectively. The engines are situated over the wings, which reduces the aircraft’s noise emission.

As with all vehicle design, fuel efficiency is key and The HondaJet is rated the most efficient in its class, requiring just over 160 gallons of fuel for 600 nautical miles long range cruise. Other jets in its class require between 185 to 200 gallons for the same distance.

Inside there is room for seating four passengers comfortably, with the option to include a side-facing fifth seat, although at $4.85 million, that’s just under $1million per chair (if you forget about the pilots). Maybe they should give one to Jenson Button for his F1 retirement gift – to say sorry for the last couple of seasons in F1…

Article via Business Insider

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