Super Aguri SA05
|Designer(s)||Mark Preston, Mike Coughlan|
|Suspension (front)||Wishbones, pushrod-operated torsion bars and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar|
|Suspension (rear)||Wishbones, pushrod-operated torsion bars and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar|
|Engine||Honda RA806-E V8 naturally aspirated|
|Transmission||Arrows 7-speed hydraulic, longitudinal|
|Notable entrants||Super Aguri F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||22. Takuma Sato
23. Yuji Ide
23. Franck Montagny
|Debut||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
The Super Aguri SA05 was the car with which the Super Aguri team competed in the first half of the 2006 Formula One season. It originally was developed from the Arrows A23 designed in 2002 by Mike Coughlan.
The decision to use the A23 as the base chassis for the team's debut car was in part because the team was disallowed from using Honda's 2005 F1 car.
From the A23, the car used a new monocoque, new aerodynamic package and rear end engine parts.
The SA05 was driven by Takuma Sato, whose firing by the works Honda team had played a significant role in creating the team, and also was driven by inexperienced Japanese rookie Yuji Ide and long-term Renault test driver Franck Montagny.
The team was created at short notice, partly due to Honda's unwillingness to leave the popular Sato without an F1 drive. The team, led by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, was funded by Honda and used Honda engines. The chassis, however, was based on the Arrows A23 from 2002, which the team purchased from Paul Stoddart  (who had in turn bought these cars after the Arrows team collapsed and intended to use them for developing a new Minardi known as the "PS04"). The gearbox was also from Arrows.
The year was one of exploration and learning for the team. Although the car was slowest, it was not by a big margin, and Sato impressed by racing with faster cars. Ide, however, was out of his depth, and his Super Licence was taken away in part after a spectacular collision with Christijan Albers' Midland at the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix. He was subsequently replaced by Montagny, who was much closer to Sato's pace.
The team's increase in personnel and support from Honda allowed them to prepare the SA06, which was used from the German GP onwards. At that stage of the season, the team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
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