The BAR 007 powered by the RA005E was clearly a large step forward from the very successful BAR 006 - Honda RA004E, which in 2004 took the team to runner-up position in the 2004 season, second to the Ferrari. Designed by Geoff Willis, the team managed to save a significant weight compared to the 2003 season’s BAR 006 car and built a car that was much tighter in design and smaller that the BAR 006, and all this under new safety rules and regulations.

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-Honda cars were disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix once it was discovered that the cars could run below the minimum weight as stipulated by the FIA regulations of 605 kg. BAR-Honda of course disagreed with the report and claimed that the cars could not run with less than 6 kg of fuel on board, which would take them over the regulation minimum weight. BAR-Honda also stated that they believed the weight rules applied during race and not in post-race scrutinising. The FIA disagreed and decided to punish the team, banning them from two races, which included the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. BAR-Honda decided against contesting the ban.

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.

HONDA  RA005E


BAR006 Honda RA005E (2005)

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BAR 007 HONDA RA005E

Type: RA005E

Year: 2005

Number of cylinders: 10

Configuration: 90° vee, naturally aspirated, 4 valves per cylinder, pneumatic valve system

Capacity: 2997

RPM: Over 18500

Power: Over 900 bhp

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