Honda RA108

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Honda RA108
Jenson Button 2008 Britain.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Honda Racing F1
Designer(s) Flag of Japan Shuhei Nakamoto
(Deputy MD [Technical])
Flag of Germany Jörg Zander
(Deputy Technical Director)
Flag of France Loic Bigois
(Head of Aerodynamics)
Technical Specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers
Engine Honda RA808E 2.4L 90° V8, 19,000 RPM rev limited naturally aspirated, mid-mounted
Transmission Honda Carbon composite maincase, 7-speed, Honda internals sequential semi-automatic hydraulic activation
Fuel Elf (5.75% bio fuel)
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
BBS Forged Magnesium Wheels
Competition History
Notable entrants Honda Racing F1 Team
Notable drivers 16. Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button
17. Flag of Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Debut 2008 Australian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Poles     FLs   
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The Honda RA108 was the Formula One racing car with which Honda Racing F1 contested the 2008 Formula One season.

Launch

An RA108 driven by Rubens Barrichello at Valencia, January 23rd 2008.

The car was unveiled at a test in Valencia on 23 January 2008, a week before the car's official launch, driven by Rubens Barrichello.[1] The car was officially unveiled at the team's operational headquarters in Brackley, England.[2]

For the 2008 season, the Honda F1 team has named Ross Brawn as Team Principal and have a new Deputy Technical Director in the form of former BMW Sauber Chief Designer Jörg Zander.

For the 2008 season, the team has retained their drivers for the previous two seasons, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. Honda have also announced that Alexander Wurz has joined the team from Williams, although Wurz announced his retirement from competition in 2007, Wurz could not turn down the prospect of working alongside Ross Brawn.[3] Honda also confirmed that their young driver line up will include 2006 British Formula 3 Champion Mike Conway and Italian Luca Filippi.

2008 season

Testing

The RA108 has been a constant mid to rear end car in 2008 testing with Jenson Button saying the car lacks "driveability" as the drivers and team adapt the RA108 to new rules.[4] For the 2008 season, the FIA has implemented rules that require all teams to use one gearbox for four races and a standard McLaren Electronic Systems ECU that prevents the use of driving aids such as traction control and engine braking. Ross Brawn has already said the team has a better chance for the 2009 Formula One season as the regulations for 2009 will be totally new.[5]

Button has commented on how positively the team has developed the RA108.[6] At their final week of testing at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, the team added new aerodynamics, with most of the wings being revised. Head of Race and Test Engineering, Steve Clark, believes the car is a clear step forward.[7]

A close-up of the second revision "dumbo" wings, introduced in the Monaco Grand Prix.

In the testing in Paul Ricard before the Monaco Grand Prix, a second revision of the "dumbo" wings on the nose, first introduced in the Spanish Grand Prix, was introduced.

Gallery


Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2008 Honda Racing F1 Honda V8 B AUS MAL BHR ESP TUR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA 14 9th
Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13
Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15

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