March 08, 2009

The New Noses

As we're all aware, F1 has some new aerodynamic rules that have, for the most part, made the cars look pretty much alike.  While doing the "F1 Pr0n" series of posts, though, I've noticed that there's one place that the teams have been showing a surprising amount of individuality.

That's the nose, and particularly how the front wing is mounted to the pointy end of the car.  There seem to be three main schools of thought on how the wing should be attached under the new rules, and we'll take a close look at them in a second. 

First, however, let's take a look at how the nose of a F1 car has been designed over the past three seasons:

 The 2006 Ferrari nose came with an extra element slung beneath the wing, but had a simple short mounting.

The 2007 SuperAguri nose had a fairly complex, medium-length mounting system, and of course a raised bridge-style wing.

The 2008 BMW nose had a short length mounting, and a very convoluted wing.

Now onto the 2009 noses!

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March 07, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Brawn Racing BGP001


Hello, world...
Well, that's it.  That's the only picture that's been released of the new BGP001, in this case being driven by Jenson Button.  Just noticed that the front wing mounting to the nose is completely different from everybody else's... curious.  I might have to do a post on that, compare and contrast for each team...

I rather like the plain white-with-neon-yellow livery, but there's not a chance in Hades it's gonna stay that way, not if the team wants to last more than one race.

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February 28, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Force India VJM02!


Why the long face?
It took them long enough, but the new Mercedes-powered, McLaren-influenced VJM02 has finally debuted, and here's a shock... it doesn't look like all the others!  The vertical frontwing braces is similar only to Toyota's.  All the others have a chunkier, shorter system.  However, it's my guess that if there's a team out there you don't want to emulate, it's Toyota.  Could be wrong, however; the new rules may have flattened the playing field.  Or not.

It took the team long enough to roll their car out, which is never a good sign.  The team hasn't had any track time in comparison to the other challengers, and thereby are behind in the testing battles.  Where (let's say) Ferrari has already shaken their chassis down and found weaknesses they could work on in the runup to Australia, Force India still has yet to discover their problems.

Kudos for working their team colors into the livery, though.  While I liked the gold and white of last year's livery, this is more appropriate to the "national" flavor of the team.  Orange, green and white are the colors of the Indian flag, after all... they just need the wheels to have 24 spokes.

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February 09, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Red Bull RB5!


So... it's been nearly three weeks since the last rollout, but today Red Bull debuted their Adrian Newey-designed 2009 racer, the RB5.  Just look at that nose shot... spindly doesn't begin to describe it.  And to be honest?  From some angles, these cars are ugly as sin. 

 Not that one, though. 

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January 21, 2009

F1 Pr0n: BMW F1.09!


It's the one we've all been waiting for: the car that'll bring BMW up to the level of the big guys, the one that's... um...

...exactly the same as all the others.

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January 19, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Williams FW31 + Renault R29!

Two rollouts today, both so low-key that pictures are really thin on the ground.  How scarce?  Williams posted renderings of their car on their website, that's how scarce!  Well, let's take a look, shall we?

Okay, not a rendering, granted.  It's also the only decent photo of the Williams FW31 available.  As much as I like the color scheme, it won't stay that way for the season, alas.  Now for a rendering...

Wow.  Exciting, huh?  I'll keep looking, maybe I can actually dig up a REAL photo or two.

Now, Renault...

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January 16, 2009

F1 Pr0n: McLaren MP4-24!

I have to admit that I'm disappointed with McLaren's rollout today.  Practically no glamour shots (which makes the job of presenting F1 Pr0n difficult), just a car on an angled podium.  Still, it's the new edition of the Glare On Wheels, so here we go...

A more involved nosewing than that on the Toyota and Ferrari with a two-element flap system (the red parts).  Only the upper unit can be adjusted however, as per the tech regs.


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January 15, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Toyota TF109!


Pretty.  Loser, but pretty.
The F1 rollouts continued today with Toyota debuting their 2009 charger, the TF109, with a full multimedia blitz.  If you're interested in seeing their faux-movie trailer, The 2009 Contender, just click HERE.  There's some very well-done movies there, including a video of glamour shots that's actually well-worth watching if you like F1 Pr0n.  Jarno Trulli's acting will amaze you...

Let's look at some still shots of the car...


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January 12, 2009

F1 Pr0n: Ferrari F60!


Oh.  Oh yes.  Yes, please.
It's rollout season for the F1 Circus, and as is usually the case, Ferrari is first out the gate.  This year, however, it actually means something, as this is our first official look at the new aerodynamic rules on a car.

More pictures below!

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November 19, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Barcelona Testing!

So while the season is done, F1 never really rests.  The past three days have seen the teams congregate in Barcelona, Spain, for the first round of Winter Testing.  Partially this is so the teams can work out prospective new drivers, like Bruno Senna and...

...I'm sorry, I can't restrain myself.  SUPERSATO!!!!!11!eleventy1111!  He's up for a seat with Toro Rosso, one of three going for two drives, and the only one with F1 experience.  If there's any justice in the world, he'll be back in 2009.

But that's not the IMPORTANT news coming out of Barcelona.  Y'see, here's what F1 cars look like now:

McLaren's MP4-23
Yeah, we've seen it a gazillion times, right?  Well, things are gonna change a little bit in 2009, and BMW brought their version of the new car out...


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October 18, 2008

Mark Webber Goes Boom!

As mentioned, Mark Webber had an engine failure in P3 in Shangai this morning.  Reportedly it was somewhat spectacular.

Yup.

Boom.  Splat.

Who's got the marshmallows?
Yup, that's a kablammo all right.

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March 12, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Toyota Put One Over On Us!

F1 UPDATE! has discovered that Toyota was spoofing earlier when they rolled out their so-called "TF108."  Jarno Trulli debuted their REAL car today in Melbourne, and we've got an almost-exclusive picture!  Click below...

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March 07, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Williams FW30!


T3h 3\/1L!
Looks aren't everything, but the new Williams charger, the FW30, has an aura of menace and nasty around it.  It's been a while (Minardi '05) since we've had a black and white car on the grid, it's kinda nice to see.

On second thought, maybe Williams doesn't want to invite comparisons to Minardi...


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February 12, 2008

What Goes Into A F1 Car.

Literally.

2006 Honda F1 car, 3000 separate parts.

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February 07, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Force India FJM01



Yowza!  Force India debuted its race livery today in Bombay (or do you say 'Mumbai'?), and while I don't like it as much as their testing colors (where'd the crimson go?), this is still a very handsome car.

Officially, the colors are white, gold, and titanium (the stripe running from the cockpit to the nose and back).  I've racked my brain, and I can't think of another team that used gold at all... should be an interesting contrast with the McLaren.

Unfortunately for us, the rollout didn't have any good shots from the side or top, but click below for the centerfold: it's worth it.


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January 29, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Honda RA108



First the good news: that gawdawful "myearthdream" livery is (mostly) gone.  The bad news is that it appears that Honda doesn't go in for glamour photos.

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January 20, 2008

F1 Pr0n: BMW F1.08


The Great White Hope
There are days where writing this blog is tough, where it's hard to think of anything clever or witty to say.  On days like that, it's easy to let the pictures do the talking.

This is one of those days.  Fortunately, the BMW F1 Team has given us some sweet automotive hardware to drool over.
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January 10, 2008

F1 Pr0n: TF108!



Another day, another rollout!  Today, it's Toyota, with their 2008 car, the TF108... and to be honest, I'm somewhat underwhelmed.  There's some change from the TF107, such as the McLaren flying nose, but truthfully, it's a minor evolution over last year's car.

Which doesn't mean the car isn't photogenic...
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January 07, 2008

F1 Pr0n: MP4-23!



Ohhhh-boy!  Remember what I said earlier, that Ferrari does build 'em purty?  Well, they ain't got NUTHIN' on McLaren.  Their 2008 charger, the MP4-23, debuted earlier today, and to be honest, it looks pretty much like the MP4-22... without the flyover bridge nose wing, though.

But who cares?  Let's get to the pr0n!
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January 06, 2008

F1 Pr0n: Ferrari F2008!


Oh, baby...

It's that time of year again, when a young F1 fan's thoughts turn to sensuous curves, pert rears and cute noses... it's ROLLOUT SEASON!!!

As has become traditional of late, Ferrari was the first to bring their steed to the masses, debuting the F2008 today.  Click below for more glamour shots and some thoughts on the beast...


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