The 1966 Season
Hailed as the "return to power" the 1966 season saw the start of the new 3 litre formula.
Some teams were more ready than others and as a consequence a wide
variety of engines and chassis were used ranging from Ferrari's new
purpose built 3 litre V12 (312) to modified 65 season engines which
were bored out to 2 litres.
There were also various 4 cylinder Climax engines plus a 2.4 litre V6 (246) Ferrari based on the "Dino" engine.
The 3 litre V12 car known as the Honda RA273 arrived late in the season
to make its debut at Monza where it qualified well being just over a
second off pole. Unfortunately Richie Ginther crashed the car and did
not finish the race.
In the next race at Watkins Glen the car was once more on the pace,
this time less than one second off pole, but again it did not finish.
The last race of the season saw the RA273 less than half a second off
the pace and 4th on the grid. At the start it blasted into the lead
with phenomenal acceleration. But tyre troubles later in the race would
see it slip down the leader board eventually finishing one lap down.