Honda RA272

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Honda RA272
2006 SAG - F1 Honda RA272 1965 -01.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor Honda
Predecessor Honda RA271
Successor Honda RA273
Technical specifications
Engine 1.5 L (92 cu in) V12 (60°).
Transmission 6 forward speeds + 1 reverse
Competition history
Notable drivers 1. United States Ronnie Bucknum
2. United States Richie Ginther

The Honda RA272 was a Formula One racing car used by the Honda team in the 1965 Formula One season.

A successor to the Honda RA271, the RA272 was noticeable mainly for its technically advanced (though rather wide and heavy) 48-valve 1,495.28 cc V12 engine (58.1 x 47.0 mm), a water-cooled, transversely mounted unit which reportedly gave 230 bhp (170 kW) at 13,000 rpm.[1] The engine was safe to 14,000 rpm, which was unusually high for a 1960s engine design. The Honda V12 had staggering acceleration and often led the race into the opening lap after leaving the stationary starting grid. It led the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix from start to finish, driven by Richie Ginther, making it the first Japanese car to win a Formula One Grand Prix.

The RA272 can be seen in the Honda marketing film "The Impossible Dream".[1]


  1. ^ Franchitti, Dario (April 2012). "1965 RA 272". Road & Track 63 (8): 76–79. Retrieved April 5, 2012.