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Honda RA108
Honda RA108
Constructor Honda Rcaing F1
Designer(s) Shuhei Nakamoto

(Deputy MD [Technical]) Jörg Zander (Deputy Technical Director) Loic Bigois (Head of Aerodynamics)

Predecessor RA107
Successor BGP 001
Formula One World Championship
Years Active 2008
Constructors Honda Rcaing F1
Drivers 16. Jenson Button

17. Rubens Barrichello

Debut 2008 Australian Grand Prix
Races 18
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Honda RA108 was the Formula One racing car with which Honda Racing F1 contested the 2008 Formula One season.

Racing HistoryEdit

2008 SeasonEdit

The car was unveiled at a test in Valencia on 23 January 2008, a week before the car's official launch, driven by Rubens Barrichello. The car was officially unveiled at the team's operational headquarters in Brackley, England.

For the 2008 season, the Honda F1 team named Ross Brawn as team principal and also announced a new deputy technical director in the form of former BMW Sauber chief designer Jörg Zander.

For the 2008 season, the team retained their drivers from the previous two seasons, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. Honda also recruited Alexander Wurz from Williams, although the veteran Austrian had announced his retirement from race driving in 2007, but Wurz could not turn down the prospect of working alongside Ross Brawn. Honda also confirmed that their young driver line up will include 2006 British Formula 3 Champion Mike Conway and Italian Luca Filippi.

The RA108 had been a constant mid to rear end car in 2008 testing with Jenson Button saying the car lacked "driveability" as the drivers and team adapted the RA108 to new rules. For the 2008 season, the FIA implemented rules that required all teams to use one gearbox for four races and a standard McLaren Electronic Systems ECU that prevents the use of driving aids such as traction control and engine braking. Ross Brawn had already said the team had a better chance for the 2009 Formula One season as the regulations for 2009 would be totally new.

Button commented on how positively the team developed the RA108. At their final week of testing at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, the team added new aerodynamics, with most of the wings being revised. Head of Race and Test Engineering, Steve Clark, believed the car was a clear step forward.

In the testing in Paul Ricard before the Monaco Grand Prix, a second revision of the "dumbo" wings on the nose, first introduced in the Spanish Grand Prix, was introduced.

Technical specificationsEdit

Component Specification
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Front suspension Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers
Rear suspension Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Weight
Engine Honda RA808E 2.4L 90° V8, 19,000 RPM rev limited naturally aspirated, mid-mounted
Gearbox Honda Carbon composite maincase, 7-speed, Honda internals sequential semi-automatic hydraulic activation
Gears Seven forward and one reverse
Fuel ? (5.75% bio fuel)

GalleryEdit

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2008 Honda Racing F1 Honda V8 B AUS MAL BHR ESP TUR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA 14 9th
Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13
Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15

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