|Designer(s)|| Shuhei Nakamoto
(Deputy MD [Technical])
(Deputy Technical Director)
(Head of Aerodynamics)
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbone with pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, Showa dampers|
|Engine||Honda RA808E 2.4L 90° V8, 19,000 RPM rev limited naturally aspirated, mid-mounted|
|Transmission||Honda Carbon composite maincase, 7-speed, Honda internals sequential semi-automatic hydraulic activation|
|Fuel||? (5.75% bio fuel)|
BBS Forged Magnesium Wheels
|Notable entrants||Honda Racing F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||16. Jenson Button
17. Rubens Barrichello
|Debut||2008 Australian Grand Prix|
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 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.
Complete Formula One results
|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|
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- "Honda presents RA108". GPUpdate.net. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Wurz: Brawn made Honda proposal interesting". GPUpdate.net. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "New Honda lacks driveability - Button". GPUpdate.net. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Brawn turns attention to 2009". GPUpdate.net. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Button positive after final week of testing". GPUpdate.net. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
- "Last gasp progress for Honda". GPUpdate.net. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Honda RA108.|
- http://www.hondaracingf1.com/loband/car_overview.php - Honda RA108 Overview
- http://www.f1technical.net/news/8129 - RA108 technical specifications
- http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/cars/176483/honda-ra108.html Launch story