February 03, 2012
Though to be honest, from the front it looks not so bad at all. The front wing is supposedly evolved from the flexi-bendy wing they ran at the end of the 2011 season. For their sake, I hope they got the "oscillating like a USGS seismometer in a magnitude 9.5 earthquake" feature fixed. There were times when I wondered how the Red cars were able to stay on the track, even going in a straight line, because of that wing flapping like an ornithopter.
From the side, it still doesn't look so bad. Like the McLaren, there appears to be an angle (back-to-front) to the floor. The sidepods are deeply undercut, more like the Force India than the McLaren, though not the same sort of profile. Amazing how so many teams can do the same thing, but come up with completely different designs. It'll be interesting to see which one comes off the best. One thing that comes back from past designs is the weird double rear bodywork thingy on the engine cover. I've never been fond of that design element, and it doesn't look any better here. It looks like the engine cover came off the sprue badly and nobody bothered to trim the flash off.
...and now the hideousness of the nose becomes apparent. Yeesh... if anything, it may be worse than the Lotus Caterham and the Force India solutions. However, this does raise an interesting question: just how did McLaren's nose fit under the technical regulations while a team like Ferrari does... this? Interesting that there's another fin between the front wheels; haven't seen that before, have we? According to the team, the car is almost all brand new, with very little coming over from the F150° Italia. I gather the rear wing is pretty much the same, with just some very minor tweaking.
The Scuderia was to have a huge blowout at the Ferrari factory at Maranello, followed by a few laps at the team's test track, literally right across the street. One little problem, though: it's been snowing in Northern Italy. A lot. So instead of the big media presser and hot laps, we got... well, this:
I'm pretty sure they trucked it to the track. I mean, could you imagine driving a F1 car... in the snow... on slicks? I suspect the car would be in the wall, on its back, and on fire, within a few feet.
Renault Lotus is next up on Sunday, followed by a F1 MegaPr0n on Monday, when Sauber, Toro Rosso, and defending constructor's champion Red Bull all roll out. See ya then!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 03, 2012 09:14 PM (+rSRq)
You say that as if it were a bad thing...
Steven I think you are referring to the T-Bar? As far as I know it's a standardized FIA-mandated thingie to hold the on-board camera. McLaren will have one too when they go to race; the car as unveiled has a bump where the standard T-Bar will eventually mount.
That nose bump is horrifying. Caterham and Force India have a sculpted channel down the middle of their bumps, but the Ferrari just has a big honking ramp right there across the nose.
I can't wait to see what Red Bull does this year. If Newey doesn't go for the bump, I think the other teams are going to be second-guessing themselves.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at February 03, 2012 09:30 PM (I55Es)
There are usually a few other camera points on the car; the FIA will choose more-or-less at random what car gets what camera at what location. If you look at this picture, you'll see a camera mounted just forward of the front-right suspension.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 03, 2012 09:48 PM (DxepM)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 03, 2012 11:16 PM (+rSRq)
A old axiom in aircraft design is if it looks right it will fly right. Witness the Lockheed & Boeing battle with the F35 looking right and winning the contract. I must say the cars so far are a disappointment except for McLaren, it does has some style and grace. I wonder if the FIA set this up to discommode Darth Bernie as I'm sure the fans will hate how Ferrari especially looks.
Posted by: von Krag at February 04, 2012 01:36 PM (XIY2m)
A old axiom in aircraft design is if it looks right it will fly right.
It's also bogus. The Brewster Buffalo looked good, but got slaughtered in the air. On the other hand, the P-38 looked awful, but flew really well.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 04, 2012 04:52 PM (+rSRq)
One should not read anything into the fact that I chose two pieces of British equipment.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 04, 2012 08:30 PM (DxepM)
You should check out what Tim Blair has to say about it:
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 05, 2012 06:59 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 09, 2012 07:42 PM (G2mwb)
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