Model kit based on the version of the Honda RA301 that raced in the 1968 French Grand Prix at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit, where it finished in second place.
Additional details for the Honda RA301
car scale model kit:
- Manufactured by Model Factory Hiro in 1/12 scale with reference MFH-K827 (also listed as K827).
- Belongs to the Honda Racing Team.
- Raced at the French Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1968.
- Includes photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions.
- Package measures 264 mm x 352 mm x 95 mm (width x depth x height), weighting 1472 g.
- Featured in newsletters 580 and 583.
The Honda RA301 was the single seater used by Honda in its participation in the 1968 F1 World Championship. The RA301 was based on the 1967 Honda RA300, which won a race, although logically the RA301 presented several changes compared to its predecessor, such as a new exhaust design, a lower weight and, for the second half of the season, the incorporation of a rear spoiler.
Without a doubt, the RA301 improved in many aspects to the RA300, but it failed to stand out from the rest of the teams on the grid and only achieved two podiums (France and the United States) with John Surtees. Without a doubt, the appearance of the Cosworth DFV engine was largely to blame for Honda's lack of results. It probably didn't help matters that while the RA301 was being developed in Britain, Honda was also developing the RA302, which featured an air-cooled engine, in Japan. The RA302 debuted at the French GP, although unfortunately the existing unit was destroyed in a tragic accident. For this reason, Honda would complete the 1968 season with the RA301, also marking the end of Honda's first era in Formula One, as Honda withdrew for the following season.
To see Honda again in Formula 1 we had to wait until the 1980s with the appearance of turbo engines.
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