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[EN] Rare finds: video footage of the RA270 F1 prototype

Well hidden but not forgotten, this old footage of the RA270 Prototype was discovered in a warehouse from Saitama Prefecture, Japan – this is known as the only footage of the prototyped vehicle. 

The RA270 is presented while tested on the Suzuka circuit, while the video is supposed to be dated around 18 February of that year. 

But the lovely part of this video is not the RA, nor than the fact that the prototype is tested by Yoshio Nakamura – later to be the first manager of Honda’s Formula 1 racing and soon after executive of the company, while Soichiro Honda can be observed in a corner,  watching closely the reaction of this machinery. No, the greatest thing is that this video represents a great moment in the history of the brand – this was the time when a line of legends was born.  I mean when the RA was born.

How was, in fact, the RA born? Well, Honda wasn’t actually planning in entering the Formula 1 directly, as the  RA270 prototype was originally a project meant to be sold to the British Team Lotus. The engines, nothing more. But at one point, the deal fell and Soichiro decided to have the RA270 transformed into reality and to put his foot into this world – the world of racing machines.  

“Whether that horsepower could be achieved was not the question. He just told us we must produce this much power in order to win. For example, the code name for the engine, RA270, was assigned by Mr. Honda, who probably wanted to remind us that the engine had to produce 270 horsepower.”

When Soichiro Honda was asked by Yoshiro Nakamura whether he wanted to enter the F1 circuit, he is said to have replied, “I don’t know if we can do it or not, but I sure as hell want to try!” 

But about the beautiful history of the Honda’s racing pedigree in another article.

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Soichiro Honda and the F-1 prototype car which was covered with a steel space frame like that of the Cooper Climax on which it was modeled

P.s. seems that the videotape was well hidden so that not even the Honda Co. personnel knew about it. The footage was discovered almost a month ago, and officially released by Honda.

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[EN] F1: McLaren & Honda, together again

At first only a rumor, but now a confirmation – Honda returns into the F1 Championship, this time in a strong collaboration with an “old pal” – the English builder McLaren.

Martin Whitmarsh, the CEO of McLaren’s group, stated for the press conference ” The names of McLaren and Honda are synonymous with success in Formula 1, and, for everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements together lies heavily on our shouldersIt’s fantastic news for everyone who loves Formula 1 to be able to welcome Honda back to Formula 1. Together, we’re about to embark on a new and extremely exciting chapter in McLaren’s history.

This partnership is not something new in the F1 world: between 1988 and ’92 McLaren and Honda won eight world championships and 44 grands prix, took 53 pole positions and set 30 fastest laps – all in just 80 grands prix. So we can say we have a recipe for success.

After more than 6 years of absence from the macadam, Honda returns on the track, preparing a 1.6 liters  turbo-charged engine – still under development in Tochigi, Japan factory, a setup that we will be able to see in action starting with 2015 F1 Championship.

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