Honda RC213V

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Sur­pris­ingly, Honda’s first 2017 aero ef­fort was the most ba­sic of the lot; sur­pris­ing be­cause this is a com­pany that’s been in­volved in For­mula One for decades and now man­u­fac­tures jet planes! “This looks like a bit of an af­ter­thought,” says Row­land-Rouse. “It’s a stan­dard fair­ing, with a skin wrapped around last year’s wing. The skin is a car­bon-based rapid pro­to­type [from a 3D printer]. We use this sys­tem all the time in F1; if we need a last-minute part, we churn it out and put it on the car.” Honda’s first so­lu­tion didn’t work well: Mar­quez crashed and blamed the ac­ci­dent on the aero. But now that Honda know where the aero race is go­ing, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what they come up with next.

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