|BAR 004 Honda|
B.A.R Honda launched their 2002 season challenger with a dramatic new line-up, but it was Honda's announcement of a long-term commitment to the team that really stole the show. Honda took this opportunity to announce that it has reached agreement for a new three-year partnership with the team. In practical terms that means Honda is stepping up its involvement in the chassis programme and clearly focusing its resources on Formula One to underline its determination to win the World Championship.
The team always said that 2002 would have to be a completely fresh start, and while the team have an all-new car in the shape of the Malcolm Oastler designed BAR 004, this is really only the tip of the iceberg. Honda have designed a completely new engine - the RA002E - with improvements in both power and packaging. The RA002E is lighter, more powerful and has a wider V angle than the 2001 engine, which means a lower centre of gravity. The structure for ongoing development work of the engine has been strengthened.
More news emerged in the form of an additional commitment from technical partner Bridgestone. The Japanese tyre giant announced that it has also laid the foundations for a long-term partnership with British American Racing.
Following the departure of Craig Pollock, the team revealed that David Richards will take over the reins as Team Principal Designate with immediate effect. He joined 200 of the staff members on stage to outline the many positive news stories emerging from the launch.
Once the dust settles on a brief period of upheaval, the team fully expects to see the re-emergence of the gritty determination and single-mindedness borne out of the 2001 reality check.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
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