The BAR 007 powered by the RA005E was clearly a large step forward from the very successful BAR 006 -
The designer and engineers did not merely tweak various aspects of the car, it seems they took a holistic view and went into every detail with a view to improve. The engine and gearbox were not excluded either. Under new rules for the 2005 season, engines had to last for 2 races. Honda created a totally new V10 unit, which was more compact than its predecessor, being smaller and lighter with an improved centre of gravity.
Controversy raised its head when both Bar-
Jenson Button acted as a commentator for ITV F1 during the Monaco Grand Prix whilst the ban was in place.
Max Mosley had proposed banning the team from the entire 2005 season.
The car was driven by Jenson Button and Takuma Sato, with Anthony Davidson driving in place of Sato at the Malaysian Grand Prix when he had the flu. Enrique Bernoldi joined Davidson as a test driver for the team.
Beyond the controversy over the car weight, the team failed to score any points until the French Grand Prix. This would be a turning point in the team’s fortunes with Button scoring points in all of the last 10 races, including two podium finishes. Sato would only score a single point in the whole 2005 season, he would subsequently be sacked from the team.
BAR006 Honda RA005E (2005)
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Number of cylinders: 10
Configuration: 90° vee, naturally aspirated, 4 valves per cylinder, pneumatic valve system
RPM: Over 18500
Power: Over 900 bhp