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
|Construction||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Suspension||Wishbone & pushrod-activated torsion springs & rockers|
|Wheels||BBS forged magnesium|
|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|
|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|