Super Aguri SA06
Active: 19-07-2006 - 2006
Team: Super Aguri F1
Designer: Mike CoughlanDrivers: Takuma Sato (21), Sakon Yamamoto (22)
The new SA06 is in fact an updated SA05 still based on the same Arrows A23 chassis. However, the aerodynamics in the rear have dramatically changed and built with similarity to that at the Honda works team. The widely known twin keel design that was introduced by Mike Coughlan at Arrows therefore remains unchanged.
Obviously, as Honda's B-team, Super Aguri have with their new car still the same Honda powerplant at their disposition. Although that engine was very good at the beginning of the season, Honda have suffered to develop it while reliability has also become a problem during the first half of 2006. Surprisingly though, Super Aguri have developed an aluminium cased gearbox instead of Honda's carbon fibre box which was also used in the Super Aguri SA05.
Official Car Name: SA06
Chassis construction: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite construction incorporating front and side composite impact structures. Integral roll protection structures. Fully enclosed fuel cell.
Bodywork construction: Composite one piece side pod and engine cover, separate carbon floor section, structural composite nose box and composite wings.
Front suspension: Wishbones, pushrod operated torsion bars and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar.
Rear suspension: Wishbones, pushrod operated coil springs and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar.
Brakes: AP Racing Calipers, Hitco material
Steering: SAF1 power assisted
Steering wheel: SAF1 specification and composite construction
Drivers seat: Driver specific carbon composite
Seat belts: TAKATA
Fuel cell: ATL Kelvar reinforced to SAF1 specification
Battery: 2.5 Ah lead acid
Instrumentation: SAF1 specification
Transmission: SAF1 aluminium maincase, 7 speed semi automatic electro hydraulically controlled
- Wheelbase: 3100mm
- Front track: 1472mm
- Rear track: 1422mm
- Overall length: 4666mm
- Overall height: 950mm
- Overall width: 1800mm
- Overall weight: 600kg including driver and camera
Maximum power: Over 700 bhp
Maximum revs: Over 19,000 rpm
Valve train: Valve train 4 valves per cylinder, pneumatic valve system
Injection system: Honda PGM-FI
Throttle system: Electro hydraulically-operated system
Ignition system: Honda PGM-IG
Spark Plugs: NGK Image courtesy of Super Aguri F1 / Sutton Images