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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2004
Predecessor:BAR 005 Honda
Successor:BAR 007 Honda
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionBAR Honda aimed to rattle the top three F1 teams with its 2004 contender - the BAR Honda 06 launched at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. The success of the 2003 car was the result of a dramatic improvement in engineering standards, which enabled the team to move up from eighth to fifth place in the Championship, marking them out as the season's most improved team. A significant evolution of the 05, the BAR Honda 06 is a further step forward in design and build quality and the product of a more challenging and innovative approach.

The chassis is stiffer and has a lower centre of gravity. It also features a smaller fuel capacity to reflect the revised qualifying rules and raised pit lane speeds. The biggest single development is the new gearbox. It features a full carbon-composite maincase, together with narrow, lightweight gear ratios which afford a very substantial weight reduction at the rear of the car. There are further weight-saving features throughout, with greater use of MMC (metal matrix composite), innovative upright design, simplified internal suspension components, and a refined and better integrated hydraulics system.

The engine and chassis allow a slightly shorter wheelbase, and the aerodynamic package has been optimised. BAR has used the results of track testing last year to identify a new strategy for aerodynamic development, and the new car has been developed in the wind tunnel using these new techniques. Although the change of aerodynamic regulations has slowed down the pace of improvement, the new car shows clear performance advantages in the tunnel over its predecessor.

For 2004, BAR has also forged a new partnership with French tyre supplier Michelin. The team has conducted an extensive programme of tyre development during winter testing in readiness for their debut season together, using nearly 1,000 tyres during 10,000 kilometres of testing.

Although BAR's pre season pace was right up there with the top teams, the team's race pace was still a surprise for most. Together with Renault, BAR was the team that challenged Ferrari and Michael Schumacher in the first rounds, filling the void left by the disapoint McLaren and Williams teams. After six races BAR's lead driver Jenson Button was 'best of the rest in championship', in third place behind Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.

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