By the 1960s Honda had developed themself as a to a great degree compelling cruiser maker and now expected to endeavor their fortunes on four wheels. The essential auto, the S500, was introduced at the 1962 Tokyo Motorshow. In any case it depended brilliant on bicycle development with a 500 cc overhead camshaft engine.
The Kume sketched out engine was not suited for the Cooper edge so Honda decided to gathered their own body. The auto Honda manufactured was more radical than the Cooper-Climax it had bought to focus on. Instead of the turned tube layout with the 4-chamber engine in-line at the back, the little Honda had a 60-degree V12 engine mounted transversely behind the driver.
In 1964, V8s from BRM and Coventry-Climax were readied campaigners. The V6s, V8s, and level 12s from Ferrari, and Porsche with its air-cooled level 8 were accomplishing improvement. The Honda was a radical little V12, with needle roller crankshaft introduction, revving to 11,500rpm, in a semi-monocoque body with tubular back sub-plots and inboard springs.
After lenghty tests on the Japanese Suzuka and Dutch Zandvoort tracks, the Honda bunch showed up the RA271 in the 1964 German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring. Being the most troublesome track on the calender, it was not the most sound spot to show up an absolutely new auto. American Ronnie Bucknum fought his way up from 22nd to eleventh before his controlling failed.
The trial auto was used for another two races that season and over the winter an extensive segment of the lessons academic were put to incredible use in arranging the RA272 for 1965. After a couple point finishes new driver Richie Ginther finished the season off at a high with a win in the Mexico Grand Prix. Wide standard changes inferred Honda could backtrack to the arranging stages to diagram an absolutely new auto for 1966.
|Location||Mid, transversely mounted|
|Displacement||1,495 cc / 91.2 cu in|
|Bore / Stroke||58.1 mm (2.3 in) / 47.0 mm (1.9 in)|
|Valvetrain||4 valves / cylinder, DOHC|
|Fuel feed||Keihin-Honda Fuel Injection|
|Power||220 bhp / 164 KW @ 11,000 rpm|
|BHP/Liter||147 bhp / liter|
|Chassis||steel tubular spaceframe with stressed duralaminium panels|
|Front suspension||lower wishbones, top rockers, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||reversed lower wishbones, top links, twin trailing arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Gearbox||6 speed Manual|
|Drive||Rear wheel drive|
|Weight||523 kilo / 1,153 lbs|
|Wheelbase / Track (fr/r)||2,289 mm (90.1 in) / 1,349 mm (53.1 in) / 1,673 mm (65.9 in)|
|Power to weight||0.42 bhp / kg|
Honda RA271 1964 Design Interior Exterior