Honda’s return to Formula One competition as a full works team was embodied in the RA106, which took to the track 38 years after the Japanese team’s last appearance. Honda was a proven engine supplier in the sport, having supplied Lucky Strike BAR Honda for the previous five years, and wished to increase its visibility and input by owning and running a team. Yasuhiro Wada, president of Honda Racing Development, said ‘the 2006 F1 season means a great deal to all of us at Honda as it marks the beginning of a new adventure and confirms an even greater commitment to F1’. 2006 marked a change in the Formula One engine regulations, with the three litre V10 units being replaced with 2.4 V8s; a very different direction in engine design. Honda already held some experience with V8 engines, building these for the Indy Racing League (IRL). Designed by Geoff Willis, the RA106 was slow to make its impact on track until the latter half of the season when performances become more consistent. Driven by Brit Jenson Button and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, the RA106 scored 86 points guiding Honda into fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
This is a perfect 1:8 scale replica of the Honda RA106 that Jenson Button drove as he claimed the final podium spot in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Button qualified second before going on to secure third position ahead of a McLaren-Mercedes and two Ferraris. It was Honda’s first podium as a competing team in Formula One since 1968.
The RA106 It has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Honda regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
The Malaysian Grand Prix edition of the Jenson Button’s RA106 is limited to only 50 pieces.
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We offer a tailor-made service, customising your 1:8 scale model to perfectly match the specification of a real car, enhancing the already stunning features of the limited edition model.