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2008 Geneva: The Honda Racing F1 Team’s RA108 and new-look livery

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2008 Geneva International Motor Show visitors to the stand’s competition zone will be treated to the first public viewing of the 2008 Honda RA108 F1 car. Joining the RA108 in the competition zone, is the Honda Civic Type R R3, which is designed to the new FIA Group R3 rally regulations. The eagerly awaited R3 is now available to rally drivers, after a year of intensive and successful testing and competition.


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.

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 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

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/pads Carbon/Carbon
Steering Honda power assisted Rack & Pinion
Steering wheel Honda carbon fibre construction
Electronics FIA standard ECU & FIA homologated electronic & electrical system

TRANSMISSION  
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  
Name Honda RA808E
Displacement 2.4 litres
Configuration V8 – naturally aspirated
Vee angle 90 degrees
Maximum power More than 700 ps
Maximum revs 19,000 rpm
Valve train 4 valves per cylinder – pneumatic valve system
Throttle system Electronic hydraulically-operated system
Spark Plugs NGK
Oil ENEOS


Source: Honda

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