Formula 1: Honda unveils RA106

Honda Racing F1 Team took the wraps off their 2006 racecar today in Spain. Unlike other teams who have unveiled a single car at launch, while construction continues on the rest of the fleet, Honda fielded two RA106s at Jerez for Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

After failing to live up to its promise last year, the Honda team is completely focused on performance this year, with team CEO Nick Fry bluntly saying, "Our target in 2006 is to challenge for race wins and we will do our utmost to achieve that objective."

Lots more after the jump...
The RA106 is the first all-Honda F1 racecar since 1968, and now, more than ever, the reputation of the automaker is on the line.

As always in F1, aerodynamics has been a major focus in the new Honda's development. As team technical director Geoffrey Willis points out, in the V8 era aerodynamic efficiency is critical to get the most speed out of the less-powerful engine, while the smaller powerplant and the smaller radiators that it requires offer aero opportunities at the rear and sides of the car.

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