BAR launches 007 in Barcelona

BAR launches 007 in Barcelona

BAR revealed the BAR Honda 007 at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on January 16th, a smaller, lighter car than its predecessor. The front wing curves down under the nose cone and the aerodynamic regulations for 2005 have given the chassis a ...

BAR revealed the BAR Honda 007 at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on January 16th, a smaller, lighter car than its predecessor. The front wing curves down under the nose cone and the aerodynamic regulations for 2005 have given the chassis a different appearance to last year's car. The gearbox is a development of BAR's award winning design of 2004 and is also lighter.

The new BAR Honda 007.
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The new Honda engine is a revised design to meet the requirements of the 2005 two-race life span, a smaller lighter unit with a lower centre of gravity. BAR finished second overall in the constructors' championship in 2004 without winning a race. For 2005, claiming that maiden victory is the first goal.

"Our performance in 2004 was very pleasing and second in the Championship was a credit to the effort and teamwork of each person at B.A.R Honda. However, we were all disappointed not to win a race and that has to be the first step in our three year plan to win the World Championship," said new chief executive Nick Fry.

"The B.A.R Honda 007 is another step forward, not only in its design and performance but also because the design and build process went very smoothly. This confirms that the organisational and process changes implemented at B.A.R Honda over the last three years are robust and provide a strong core which enables development of our car through the year and from year to year in pursuit of our goals."

"The B.A.R Honda 007 also marks a new era in the integration of resources and skills between B.A.R, British American Tobacco and Honda following Honda's purchase of 45 per cent of our team. We believe that this really represents a winning formula."

Technical director Geoff Willis, who is delighted with the new car, explained that the 007 is a refinement of last year's car with a number of significant new developments. "With the stability of the technical team and the increasingly close relationship with Honda, we have been able to build a much better integrated installation of engine, chassis and transmission," he said.

"In addition, following a very successful first year with Michelin, we have been able to design the 007 specifically around their tyre characteristics as well as being able to drive the development programme for the demands of the new regulations."

"The most challenging elements of the new technical regulations are in the areas of aerodynamics and engine. In both cases we have undertaken an extremely intensive development programme and extensive testing with the '05 Concept car."

"At the same time, the underlying objective was to produce a car that can close the gap to Ferrari and deliver B.A.R Honda its first race win. We are encouraged by what we have seen of our performance step so far but, as is always the case, we look forward to our real measure of success - the Australian Grand Prix in seven weeks' time."

Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato with the new BAR Honda 007.
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BAR's line up of race drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato and third driver Anthony Davidson remains unchanged from last year. "I am very much looking forward to the start of the season and getting back to racing," said Button. "2005 will be a very important year for B.A.R Honda as a team, to prove that 2004 wasn't just a one-off. We need to show that we are a consistent top team and again can challenge McLaren and Ferrari for podiums."

"Winter testing has been very encouraging and I have done more mileage in this testing period than ever before. The car has shown good reliability, as has the engine, which is very important considering the new engine regulations whereby one engine must last for two races."

"Michelin is also doing a great job. We have been working very closely with them and the progress we have made with the tyres will make a big difference when we kick off the season in Melbourne. I am hoping, as are the team, that our first win is just around the corner."

Sato commented: "2005 looks like it will be a very exciting season. The regulation changes will make it very interesting and a big challenge for all the teams, not only from a technical point of view, but also because of the rule changes. B.A.R Honda had such a great season last year and are very fortunate to be carrying that momentum through to this season and I think that this will definitely help in our challenge for the 2005 Championship."

"I am going into my second season here with more experience, confidence and team stability. Obviously I want to push myself even harder to try and improve on my podium finish last year and my ultimate goal must be to challenge for more podiums and eventually to achieve my first win. This is a great feeling to have going into the new season and I am really looking forward to it!"

BAR has recently been at work on the test track and Davidson thinks this season will be a tough one. "We have completed a lot of mileage with the 2005 regulations set-up," he said. "Testing has been physically more demanding as we have had to complete more laps due to this year's engine regulation. It will definitely be a fun and more challenging year!"

"The B.A.R Honda 007 looks amazing and the new Honda engine feels good and has been reliable so far. Everyone in the team is highly motivated and although I am not racing this year I am in a very good position. To be testing for the second best team in the world is an opportunity that many drivers dream about."

Takeo Kiuchi, Honda's F1 project leader, said of the meeting the new engine requirements: "This year we have concentrated on three areas. We have made the engine more compact and lowered the centre of gravity to improve the performance of the overall package. We have increased mid- to low-speed torque to improve acceleration at the start and exiting corners. Finally -- this is our biggest challenge -- we are aiming to maintain top power despite the new regulations."

The new BAR Honda 007.
Photo by LAT Photographic.

BAR Honda 007 technical specifications

Construction: Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure, surpasses FIA regulations
Front suspension: Wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, mechanical anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: Wishbone and pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, mechanical anti-roll bar
Dampers: Showa

Wheels: BBS forged magnesium
Front: 312mm wide
Rear: 340mm wide
Tyres: Michelin
Brakes: Alcon, Front - 2 x6 piston callipers Rear - 2 x6 piston callipers
Brakes discs/pads: Carbon/carbon

Steering: BAR power assisted Rack and Pinion
Steering Wheel: BAR carbon fibre construction
Drivers seat: Anatomically formed carbon composition
Seat Belts: Six point harness (75mm shoulder strap with HANS system)
Fuel Cell: ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Fuel capacity: 150 litre
Battery: 3 Ah lead acid
Instrumentation: BAR steering wheel dash display

Gearbox: BAR maincase - 7-speed unit, Honda and XTrac internals
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch: Carbon Plate

Front track: 1460mm
Rear track: 1420mm
Wheel base: 3140mm
Overall length: 4675mm
Overall height: 950mm
Overall width: 1800mm

Name: Honda RA005E
Displacement: 3.0 litres
Vee Angle: 90 degrees
Maximum power: Over 900 ps
Maximum revs: Over 18,500 rpm
Valve train: 4 valves per cylinder, pneumatic valve system
Injection system: Honda PGM-FI
Throttle system: Electronic hydraulically-operated system
Ignition system: Honda PGM-IG

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Anthony Davidson , Geoff Willis , Takeo Kiuchi , Nick Fry
Teams Ferrari , McLaren