Honda RA271

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Honda RA271
2006 SAG - F1 Honda RA271 1964 -02.JPG
Auto racing Formula One
Constructor Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Automotive design Yoshio Nakamura
Shoichi Sano
Technical Specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium Monocoque with tubular rear Subframe.
Suspension (front) Double wishbone suspension, with inboard Coilover spring/Shock absorber units.
Suspension (rear) As front.
Track-width F: 1300 mm (51 in)
R: 1350 mm (53 in)
Wheelbase 2300 mm (91 in)
Internal combustion engine Honda 1495 cc (91.2 cu in) 60° V12 engine, Naturally-aspirated. Transverse engine, RMR layout.
Transmission (mechanics) Honda 6-speed Manual transmission.
Weight 525 kg (1157 lb)
Fuel BP
Tire Dunlop Rubber
Competition History
Notable entrants Honda R&D Co.
Notable drivers Flag of the United States Ronnie Bucknum
Debut 1964 German Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Pole position     Fastest lap   
3 0 0 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Honda RA271 was Honda's second Formula One Racing car, and its first to actually enter a race.

The car was developed from the company's 1963 prototype, retrospectively designated Honda RA270. The RA271 made its race debut during the 1964 Formula One season, just one year after Honda started producing road cars, and was the first Japan-built car ever to enter a round of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile Formula One World Championship.

Although RA271s only contested three 1964 Grands Prix, driven on each occasion by United States Sports car racing-specialist Ronnie Bucknum, its innovative, Transverse engine, 1.5 L (≈92 cu in) V12 engine – sometimes cited as "the strongest engine of F1's 1.5-litre era"[2] – formed the basis of Honda's race-winning RA272 of 1965 Formula One season at the Mexican GP, driven by Richie Ginther (USA).

Engine dimensions of the 1965 48-valve V12 were 58.1 x 47.0 mm 1,495.28 cc. Convert/bhp @ 13,000 rpm was quoted. This was the most powerful F1 engine of 1965. The engine was safe to 14,000 rpm. Since the 1967 4-cylinder 498.57 cc engine (57.5 x 48.0mm) eventually gave almost Convert/bhp @ 12,600 rpm, the V12 had the potential of Convert/bhp with further development.


  1. "240 Landmarks of Japanese Automotive Technology - Honda RA271". Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan. Retrieved on 2008-04-11. 
  2. Figa, T (2000-11-18). "Honda: How It All Started". 8W. Retrieved on 2008-04-11. 

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