Honda RA108

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Honda RA108
Jenson Button 2008 Britain.jpg
Auto racing Formula One
Constructor Honda Racing F1
Automotive design Flag of Japan Shuhei Nakamoto
(Deputy MD [Technical])
Flag of Germany Jörg Zander
(Deputy Technical Director)
Flag of France Loic Bigois
(Head of Aerodynamics)
Technical Specifications
Chassis Moulded Carbon fibre and honeycomb Composite materials Monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone suspension with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa Corporation Shock absorber
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone suspension with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa Corporation Shock absorber
Internal combustion engine Honda RA808E 2.4L 90° V8, 19,000 RPM rev limited Naturally aspirated, Mid engine
Transmission (mechanics) Honda Carbon composite maincase, 7-speed, Honda internals Sequential gearbox Semi-automatic transmission hydraulic activation
Fuel Elf Aquitaine (5.75% bio fuel)
Tire Bridgestone Potenza
BBS Forged Magnesium Wheels
Competition History
Notable entrants Honda Racing F1 Team
Notable drivers 16. Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button
17. Flag of Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Debut 2008 Australian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Pole position     Fastest lap   
18 0 0 0

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



An RA108 driven by Rubens Barrichello at Valencia, January 23rd 2008.

The car was unveiled at a test in Valencia, Spain on 23 January 2008, a week before the car's official launch, driven by Rubens Barrichello.[1] The car was officially unveiled at the team's operational headquarters in Brackley, England.[2]

For the 2008 season, the Honda F1 team has named Ross Brawn as Team Principal and have a new Deputy Technical Director in the form of former BMW Sauber Chief Designer Jörg Zander.

For the 2008 season, the team has retained their drivers for the previous two seasons, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. Honda have also announced that Alexander Wurz has joined the team from WilliamsF1, although Wurz announced his retirement from competition in 2007, Wurz could not turn down the prospect of working alongside Ross Brawn.[3] Honda also confirmed that their young driver line up will include 2006 British Formula 3 Champion Mike Conway and Italian Luca Filippi.

2008 season


The RA108 has been a constant mid to rear end car in 2008 testing with Jenson Button saying the car lacks "driveability" as the drivers and team adapt the RA108 to new rules.[4] For the 2008 season, the FIA has implemented rules that require 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 has already said the team has a better chance for the 2009 Formula One season as the regulations for 2009 will be totally new.[5]

Button has commented on how positively the team has developed the RA108.[6] At their final week of testing at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez in Spain, the team added new aerodynamics, with most of the wings being revised. Head of Race and Test Engineering, Steve Clark, believes the car is a clear step forward.[7]

A close-up of the second revision "dumbo" wings, introduced in the Monaco Grand Prix.

In the testing in Paul Ricard before the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, a second revision of the "dumbo" wings on the nose, first introduced in the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix, was introduced.


Complete Formula One results


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 Formula One season Honda Racing F1 Honda V8 engine Bridgestone 2008 Australian Grand Prix 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 2008 Spanish Grand Prix 2008 Turkish Grand Prix 2008 Monaco Grand Prix 2008 Canadian Grand Prix 2008 French Grand Prix 2008 British Grand Prix 2008 German Grand Prix 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix 2008 European Grand Prix 2008 Belgian Grand Prix 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2008 Singapore Grand Prix 2008 Japanese Grand Prix 2008 Chinese Grand Prix 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix 14 9th
Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13
Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15


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