It would be bloody fantastic to see and hear two of the most famous names in F1 brought back, come on Hirotoshi, do it for your Father and F1 fans!
he's in jail atm
, due to tax evasion case in circa 2003. he admitted he sort of approved tax saving scheme done by then auditor but pleaded not guilty. i have an impression that the case wasnt processed thoroughly and eventually closed without revealing much of what was really going on.
I wouldnt say Hirotoshi is completely innocent but, Hirotoshi, who the courts admitted had very limited knowledge about accounting, had to serve for 2 years in jail, while the auditor, whom the courts declared as the primal offender who's responsible for the most part of the crime, got sentence of "only" 3 years in jail?
He should be released soon, altho i'm not sure he'll be able to come back to mugen. Also he's over 70 now. Shame he had to waste his 60s, prime age for overseeing a company and raising and directing young engineers and successors.
The company continued on well without him, proving indirectly that his management had been excellent.
I would imagine that they would want to do much of the R&D back in Japan but the fabrication, assembly and supply/maintenance to the teams would be effectively served from a UK operation.
It's certainly possible that this time around Honda do engine R&D at home and commission mugen or cosworth or whatever outside its actual operation. That way they can save money and avoid repeat of 00s, and can secure long term commitment in the sport. (long term commitment shud be the main concern and the key factor to consider for Macca if they were to part company with Merc, as it'd be a dicision for their next decade or more.)
one thing tho is that mugen and honda has no capital relationship, at least in Japan. They may have in the past but for most part of their history they've been independent. Maybe Mugen-Honda is closer to Mecachrome-Renault, if the latter combo is not in capital relationship either. Relation b/w Honda and Mugen is sort of interesting, Mugen is no doubt Honda appliance supplier and racing operation arm, but oftentimes they operate freely, independent of Honda. Nissan has NISMO and Toyota has TRD etc but they are all 100% subsidiary of parent company, but Mugen is not. heck, even Honda has official appliance company that's 100% owned by Honda.