The Honda RA271 was Honda’s second Formula One racing car, and its first to actually enter a race. The car was developed from the company’s 1963 prototype, retrospectively designated RA270. It was built around Honda’s revolutionary F1 engine, a 1.5 L V12 and featured an aluminium monocoque. The chief engineer on the project was Yoshio Nakamura, with Tadashi Kume in charge of engine development. The RA271 was initially entered for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in June, but the car was ready only in time for the German Grand Prix at the beginning of August. American driver Ronnie Bucknum finished 13th at the demanding Nurburgring circuit as many of his rivals broke down or crashed, four laps behind winner Surtees.
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