Honda RA272

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Honda RA272
2006 SAG - F1 Honda RA272 1965 -01.JPG
CategoryFormula One
Technical specifications
EngineHonda 1.5 L (92 cu in) V12 (60°). RA272E 1.5 V12
Transmission6 forward speeds + 1 reverse
Competition history
Notable drivers1. United States Ronnie Bucknum
2. United States Richie Ginther
Debut1965 Monaco Grand Prix

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]

The RA272 serves as the design influence for the B Dasher kart in Mario Kart DS.

Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Drivers Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1965 Honda R & D Company Honda V12 G RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX 11 6th
Richie Ginther Ret 6 Ret Ret 6 Ret 7 1
Ronnie Bucknum Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 5


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