Super Aguri SA05

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Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA05 Bridgestone Today.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Super Aguri
Designer(s) Mark Preston, Mike Coughlan
Successor SA06
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque with honeycomb structure
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
Length 4,666 mm (184 in)
Width 1,800 mm (71 in)
Height 950 mm (37 in)
Axle track Front: 1,472 mm (58 in)
Rear: 1,422 mm (56 in)
Wheelbase 3,100 mm (122 in)
Engine Honda RA806-E 2.4 L (146 cu in) V8 naturally aspirated, 19000 rpm limited mid-mounted
Transmission SAF1 carbon composite material main case 7-speed semi-automatic paddle shift
Power 750 hp (559 kW) @ 17000 rpm
Weight 600 kg (1,323 lb) including driver
Lubricants Castrol
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Super Aguri F1 Team
Notable drivers 22. Japan Takuma Sato
23. Japan Yuji Ide
23. France Franck Montagny
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
11 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

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 BAR's 2005 F1 car (BAR being Honda's predecessor team).[1]

From the A23, the car used a new monocoque, new aerodynamic package and rear end engine parts.[2]

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[1] (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").[3] 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[4] in part after a spectacular collision with Christijan Albers' Midland at the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix.[5][6] 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.

The Super Aguri SA05 was the first non-Brackley Honda-powered F1 car since the Jordan EJ12.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Takuma Sato 18 14 12 Ret Ret 17 Ret 17 15 Ret Ret
Yuji Ide Ret Ret 13 Ret
Franck Montagny Ret Ret 16 18 Ret Ret 16


  1. ^ a b "2006 car won't be ready - Super Aguri". 2005-12-22. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "New Aguri planned for French GP". 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Minardi confirm back-to-back Arrows test". 2003-07-23. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Ide loses super license". 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Rookie Ide axed for European GP". 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  6. ^ "San Marino 2006: Schumacher's Imola role reversal". Autocourse. 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2007-05-19.