Honda RA106 RA806E (2006)
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Number of cylinders: 8
Configuration: 90°s, naturally aspirated
RPM: Over 18500
Power: Over 700 bhp
In 2005, the Bar 007 with Honda's RA005E engine, was one of the most powerful of the season. Honda in 2006 was now a fully independent team and fully HONDA under the new team name of Honda Racing F1. The RA106 was decked out in its traditional and original colours of Honda Racing White, a colour which has been synonymous with the Honda motor-
That seemed to have changed with their 2006 V8 RA806E, which displayed a lacklustre performance early in the season, highlighted by a definite lack of torque and acceleration. However, However, Honda was used to developing the engine constantly throughout the season, with each race helping to provide valuable feedback and stats. Although the RA806E may not have been as light as the Toyota block, the RA806E was still believed to weigh in at under 94 kg.
Despite impressive winter testing, Honda were unable to challenge for the world championship. The car was impressive in qualifying, but not so in the races. The performance slump experienced in mid-
Matters improved from the German Grand Prix onwards, leading to Button's first F1 win, in Hungary. Button was by far the superior driver throughout the season, and it was universally agreed that he deserved to be Honda's first pole winner in ther F1 return.
Honda continued their good run culminating in a third place finish for Button at the final race in Brazil. Honda also successfully introduced their 2007 spec engine before the end of the season.