Honda Racing: the new RA108 

Written by David on January 29th, 2008 at 2:17 pmLast Update: January 29th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

The new Honda RA108The official presentation of the Honda Racing F1 Team’s 2008 challenger took place today at the team’s operational headquarters in Brackley, UK. The launch followed an initial shakedown period with the all-new RA108 in Valencia last week, in which the team’s race driver line-up of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button put evaluation mileage on the car in preparation for the start of its pre-season testing programme later this week…

 The role of unveiling the RA108 in the team’s 2008 livery today was assigned to new Test and Reserve Driver Alex Wurz. At the wheel of the car for the very first time, Alex drove the RA108 through the pitlane themed auditorium in front of the assembled crowd of 300 international media and guests.

Honda laid out its plans for 2008 and the longer-term, reaffirming its commitment to the sport and underlining the determination of a revitalised team to realise its ambitions. The team’s 2008 challenge sees a substantial evolution in three key areas, the most fundamental of which is a directional step change in the car design philosophy. The entire process from concept to launch has been re-evaluated. The new car is a considered response to the challenges of 2007, benefiting from the combined resources of the Honda Racing F1 Team’s three bases in Brackley and Bracknell in the UK and the Honda R&D centre at Tochigi in Japan.

The new Honda RA108

The RA108 is also the product of a strengthened engineering team, combining the depth of experience of the existing resource with new and wide-ranging expertise in key areas under the leadership of new Team Principal Ross Brawn. In turn the team will benefit from the continuity provided by the race driver pairing of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello for a third successive season. Combined with the development talents of Test and Reserve Driver Alex Wurz, Honda will field the most experienced driver line-up on the Formula One grid.


RA108 Front View 


The launch of the RA108 and its livery also saw the introduction of the team’s earthdreams programme. earthdreams is the evolution of the award winning myearthdream concept launched in 2007 and represents the next stage of Honda’s long term commitment to harnessing the passion of Formula One and its partners to provide support and investment for good causes through a unique cause related marketing initiative.


 RA108 Side view


Moving the focus from raising environmental awareness to action, the Honda Racing F1 Team and its partners have committed $1.2 million, with $700,000 already allocated. The first of the earthdreams supported projects was also announced today. The team paid particular tribute to its partner Seiko who have been generous supporters of the earthdreams initiative.

Honda Racing RA108 Technical Specifications:

  • Chassis Construction: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Suspension: Wishbone & pushrod-activated torsion springs & rockers
  • Dampers: Showa
  • Wheels: BBS forged magnesium
  • Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
  • Brakes: Alcon calipers
  • Brake discs: Carbon
  • Steering: Honda power assisted Rack & Pinion
  • Steering wheel: Honda carbon fibre construction
  • Electronics: FIA standard ECU & FIA homologated electronic & electrical system
  • Gearbox: Carbon composite maincase: 7-speed unit, Honda internals
  • Gear: selection Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
  • Clutch: Carbon plate
  • Overall length: 4700mm
  • Overall height: 950mm
  • Overall width: 1800mm
  • Engine: Honda RA808E
  • Displacement: 2.4 litres
  • Configuration: V8 – naturally aspirated
  • Vee angle: 90 degrees
  • Maximum power: More than 700 ps
  • Maximum revs: 19000 rpm
  • Valve train: 4 valves per cylinder – pneumatic valve system
  • Throttle system: Electronic hydraulically-operated system
  • Spark Plugs: NGK
  • Oil: ENEOS

Source: Honda Racing F1

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