Super Aguri SA06

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Super Aguri SA06
Takuma Sato 2006 Brazil.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorSuper Aguri
Designer(s)Mark Preston
PredecessorSA05
SuccessorSA07
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
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
EngineHonda RA806-E V8 naturally aspirated
TransmissionSuper Aguri 7-speed hydraulic, longitudinal
FuelENEOS
LubricantsCastrol
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsSuper Aguri F1 Team
Notable drivers22. Japan Takuma Sato
23. Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Debut2006 German Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
7000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Super Aguri SA06 was the car with which the Super Aguri team competed in the latter part of the 2006 Formula One season. It was driven by Takuma Sato, who drove for the team throughout the year, and rookie campatriot Sakon Yamamoto, whose début at the German GP coincided with that of the new car.

Sato chasing Vitantonio Liuzzi at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, the last race of the season. At the race, he recorded best result of the season for the car and team with 10th position.

The car was a development of the SA05, which in turn was a development of the Arrows A23 chassis from 2002. It featured revised aerodynamics, suspension and a new quick-shift gearbox, and proved a worthwhile improvement in performance. A new livery with more red was also used. This culminated with a fine display at the Brazilian GP, where Sato finished 10th out of 16 finishers, and he and Yamamoto set ninth- and seventh-fastest laps of the race respectively.

Despite this effort, the team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points. The car was followed by the SA07. However, the SA06 would still be used: on January 15, 2007, retired F1 drivers Aguri Suzuki (the team owner), Martin Brundle and Christian Danner all drove the car at Silverstone.[1]

Following Super Aguri's financial collapse and withdrawal from F1 in 2008, an SA06 chassis was sold to a Japanese buyer for £85,600 in an auction held by the team's liquidators.[2]

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
2006 Super Aguri Honda V8 B BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 0 NC
Takuma Sato Ret 13 NC 16 DSQ 15 10
Sakon Yamamoto Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 16

References[edit]

  • Henry, Alan (ed.) (2006). AUTOCOURSE 2006-2007. Crash Media Group. pp. 84–85. ISBN 1-905334-15-X.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  1. ^ "A day out for the old boys". Grandprix.com. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  2. ^ "Super Aguri car sold for £85,000". autosport.com. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-04.