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Honda Announces 2006 F1 World Championship Structure.

Tokyo, Japan, Feb 20, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced a new team structure for this season and will participate in the F1 World Championship Series as "Honda Racing F1 Team." In addition, in the role of engine supplier, Honda will supply V8 engines to SUPER AGURI FORMULA 1.

Honda Racing 2006 F1 Team
Chief Executive Officer Nick Fry
Executive Advisor Yasuhiro Wada
Senior Advisor Otmar Szafnauer

Technical Directo Geoffrey Willis
Senior Advisor Yosuke Sekino

Sporting Director Gil de Ferran
Senior Advisor Shuhei Nakamoto

Driver Rubens Barrichello
 Jenson Button
Third driver Anthony Davidson

Location Brackley Northants, UK


Honda Racing Development Ltd.
President Yasuhiro Wada
Vice President Otmar Szafnauer
Technical Director Yosuke Sekino
Engineering Director Shuhei Nakamoto

Location Bracknell Berkshire, UK
Role Serve as the front line of Honda's F1 race
 activities; provide technical feedback to Honda
 R&D Center., Ltd. Tochigi R&D Center; engine
 development support, maintenance etc.


Engine
Name Honda RA806E
Displacement 2.4 litres
Configuration V8, naturally aspirated
Engineering Director Geoffrey Willis
Engine Features Engine performance far surpasses last year's;
 high revolutions, high displacement (per liter
 comparison). Minimum weight, size (bore, pitch),
 etc. have been achieved within the parameters
 specified in the new regulations and Honda's
 technology has brought forth improved engine
 performance, reliability and chassis packaging.


Chassis
Name Honda RA106
Chassis Features Aerodynamic performance has been greatly
 improved and ample downforce has been preserved
 while realizing a reduction in drag. Due to the
 unified design of the chassis and transmission
 package, superior performance achieved in all
 drive related fields.


SUPER AGURI FORMULA 1
Team Principal Aguri Suzuki
Managing Director Daniel Audetto
Chief Operating Officer Kevin Lee
Chief Technical Officer Mark Preston
Driver Takuma Sato
 Yuji Ide

Location Langley, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 9EF UK


Comment from Hiroshi Oshima, Operating Officer, Corporate Communications and Motor Sports, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:

"This season, we at Honda - the local factory and R&D Center - have become one and we will participate in the F1 World Championship Series as Honda Racing F1 Team. Our unified staff also has a renewed spirit we will put forth our utmost effort in our aim for victory. Starting from the opening race, we will come out on the attack each and every race, so expect some exciting racing! We will also supply V8 engines and support to SUPER AGURI FORMULA 1. Having overcoming various obstacles, they will mount their F1 challenge as a Japanese team and we ask that you please extend your support to this independent team."

About Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE: 7267)(NYSE: HMC)(LSE: HNDA.L) is one of the leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19 million customers annually. For more information, please visit http://world.honda.com.

Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Contact:
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Media Inquiries
corporate_pr@hm.honda.co.jp
+81-3-5412-1512


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