2006 Honda RA106,
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The Ex-Jenson Button,2006 Honda RA106 Formula One Racing Single-Seater Chassis no. RA106-04
Sold for £46,600 (US$ 78,326) inc. premium
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The Ex-Jenson Button
2006 Honda RA106 Formula One Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. RA106-04

Footnotes

  • This magnificent race team Honda RA106 embodies the moulded monocoque chassis that was driven by Jenson Button to finish third in the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, fourth in the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir, sixth in the Spanish GP at the Circuito de Catalunya, Barcelona, seventh in the San Marino GP at Imola, 10th in the Australian GP at Albert Park, Melbourne and 11th in the year’s Monaco GP at Monte Carlo. Jenson Button also failed to finish with the car at both the Nurburgring and at Silverstone.
    Thereafter, chassis ‘RA106-4’ was retired from frontline race team duties and was employed instead as a full-scale wind tunnel test car.
    During the season Honda development was typically multi-tiered and hectic. Many new features were introduced during the later-season races. Most positively, the cars which eventually won the Hungarian Grand Prix included new features. Having set aside three previous nose designs, the team reverted for the Hungaroring to their Imola version, with a mild spoon shaped centre section. Revised geometry was applied to the Imola-introduced suspension system. New sidepod fins first seen at Monaco returned together with what were nicknamed ‘fox ears’ as run at Imola on the sides of the cockpit. A new rear body section that had been notably narrower in its lower area was replaced and the rear wing endplates modified. At Budapest Honda opted for soft tyres with a construction identical to those used by Renault at the rear, while a variety of different types were tried at the front.
    This Honda RA106 is finished in contemporary ‘Lucky Strike’ Don't Walk (alibi) livery, and as a Jenson Button race chassis, and furthermore one which has World Championship points scores in its specific history, this is a most attractive Formula 1 collectors’ car which will potentially be highly prized in future years. Subject to VAT if remaining in EU.

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