Honda RA106

Honda RA106 image

Active: 2006
Team: Honda Racing F1

Designer: Geoff WillisDrivers: Rubens Barrichello (11), Jenson Button (12)

The first all Honda since 1964 marks the return of the largest engine maker in the world. This car louds the departure over the single keel concept for Honda that was used in previous years by the team, from 1999 to 2005 named B.A.R Honda F1. As of geometrical reasons, this car is the only one of the 2006 F1 cars that has a seperate track rod in the front suspension that is not hidden in the streamline of a wishbone. Just as all the other cars of 2006, development was mainly focused on the rear end of the car because of the new V8 engine regulations. Tighter packaging in the rear was accompanied with exhausts that are close to the center of the car.


Chassis identification: RA106 Technical Specification
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: Michelin
Brakes: Alcon
Front: 2 x 6-piston calipers
Back: 2 x 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: Six-point harness (75mm shoulder straps with HANS system)
Fuel cell: ATL kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Fuel capacity: 150 l
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

  • Wheelbase: 3140mm
  • Overall length: 4675mm
  • Overall height: 950mm
  • Overall width: 1800mm
  • Font track: 1460mm
  • Rear track: 1420
Engine name: Honda RA806E
Displacement: 2.4 litres
Configuration: V8, naturally aspirated
Vee angle: 90 degrees
Maximum power: Over 700 ps
Maximum revs: Over 18,500 rpm
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