Honda RA301

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Honda RA301
Honda RA301 1968 Mexico Honda Collection Hall.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Honda R&D
Designer(s) Yoshio Nakamura (Honda),
Shoichi Sano (Honda),
Derrick White (Lola Cars)
Technical specifications
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Suspension (front) double-wishbone
Suspension (rear) double-wishbone
Engine Honda RA273E, 2991cc V12 naturally aspirated Mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Honda 5-speed manual
Fuel BP/Shell
Tyres Firestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Honda Racing
Notable drivers United Kingdom John Surtees
Debut 1968 Spanish Grand Prix,
Jarama.
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
11 0 1 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Honda RA301 was a Formula One racing car produced by Honda Racing for the 1968 Formula One season. It was introduced during the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix, the second round of the season. Like its predecessor (RA300), the car was co-developed by Lola Cars, and called "Lola T180" by Lola Cars.

The car was an update of the previous season's RA300, using the same RA273E engine. As Honda was also focused on developing the air-cooled RA302, the RA301's development suffered and Surtees only managed a best of second place in the France. Poor reliability saw him managing to finish just two other races.

The car was planned to be replaced by the RA302 at the 1968 French Grand Prix, but Surtees refused to drive the new car because of safety concerns. After the death of Jo Schlesser at that race, Surtees again refused to drive the RA302 at the 1968 Italian Grand Prix, and the RA301 was used until the end of the season.

With Honda's withdrawal from Formula One at the end of the season, the RA301 was the last F1 car raced by Honda until the 2006 Formula One season's Honda RA106.

Surtees driving the RA301 at the 1968 German Grand Prix


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points WCC
1968 Honda Racing Honda 3.0 V12 F RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 14 6th
John Surtees Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 5 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret
David Hobbs Ret
Anglo-Suisse Racing Team Honda 3.0 V12 F Jo Bonnier 5

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