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Honda to unveil RA107 later this month 05 Jan 2007

Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA106. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, 29 November 2006. World © Hartley/Sutton

As revealed to Formula1.com by team CEO Nick Fry last month, Honda are taking a two-pronged approach to the launch of their 2007 car. The RA107 will be presented to the media on January 25 in testing colours, with a special livery launch to take place at a later date in February.

The January 25 event, designed to give the press a technical insight into the Japanese team’s new machine, will be staged at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya where the car will make its official test debut a day earlier. In attendance will be senior management, along with the full Honda driver line-up of Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Christian Klien and James Rossiter.

Details of the livery launch have yet to be confirmed. Following the departure of previous title sponsors British American Tobacco, Honda’s winter testing to date has been conducted using an all-black colour scheme. However, Fry has already hinted at a rather different look for the team’s cars in 2007.

“We have a marketing plan which will surprise a lot of people and get them interested by our approach,” he told Formula1.com.”You will not see a car covered in Honda logos - it will be something very different.”