Honda RA107

Honda RA107 imageActive: 2007
Team: Honda Racing F1

Designer: Shuhei Nakamoto (TD) Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (11), Jenson Button (12)

Honda's aim to return to the forefront of racing since their challenges in the 1960's do not come without trouble. After mid-season problems with the RA106, the team presented their RA107 on 25 January 2007. It clearly features a tighter nose and rear end, including an exhaust system that differs visibly from the other teams. The launch itself wasn't a great success as Jenson Button was unable to complete a single lap in the shakedown that same day.

Later on, in March, Honda launched their intention to make cars cleaner by starting a green campaign, named myearthdream. After having tested their car with a black testing livery, the car was painted with a map from the earth without sponsorship. Anyone wishing to put their names on the car was allowed to add theirs through the campaign's website.

Specifications

Construction: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure that surpasses latest FIA impact and strength regulations
Front suspension: Wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, mechanical anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, mechanical anti-roll bar
Dampers: Showa
Wheels: BBS forged magnesium (Front: 312mm wide, Rear: 340mm wide)
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
Brakes: Alcon, 6-piston calipers
Brake discs/pads: Carbon/Carbon
Steering: Honda F1 power assisted rack and pinion
Steering wheel: Honda F1 carbon fibre construction
Driver’s seat: Anatomically formed carbon composite
Seat belts: Takata six-point harness (75mm shoulder straps with HANS system)
Fuel cell: ATL kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Fuel capacity: 150 litre
Battery: 3Ah lead acid
Instrumentation: Honda F1 steering wheel dash display
Gearbox: Carbon composite maincase: 7-speed unit, Honda internals
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch: Carbon plate
Dimensions

  • Overall length: 4700mm
  • Overall height: 950mm
  • Overall width: 1800mm

Engine specifications

Designation: Honda RA807E
Displacement: 2.4 litres
Configuration: V8, naturally aspirated
Vee angle: 90 degrees
Maximum power: More than 700 hp
Maximum revs: 19,000 rpm (as limited by regulations)
Valve train: 4 valves per cylinder; pneumatic valve system
Injection system: Honda PGM-FI
Throttle system: Electronic hydraulically-operated system
Ignition system: Honda PGM-IG