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Honda’s RA107 grows ‘elephant ears’ 03 May 2007

New Honda "elephant ears" front wing on the car of Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA107. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Barcelona, Spain, 3 May 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

If you thought McLaren had taken the prize for 'most unusual-looking aerodynamic device' at this week’s Barcelona test with their new front wing, then think again. On Thursday morning Honda’s car rolled out of the garage with what were instantly dubbed ‘elephant ears’ by the attending media.

The ‘ears’ are in fact two large and highly-sculpted winglets attached to either side of the RA107’s nosecone. They are just one of a number of aerodynamic modifications Honda are experimenting with this week, as they bid to improve their car’s performance ahead of next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Honda tester Christian Klien is the man behind the wheel for the Japanese team on what is their final day at the Circuit de Catalunya.