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Despite massive snowfall at Ferrari’s Italian headquarters, the famous marque unveiled their 2012 challenger early Friday. Force India joined Ferrari by launching their new car at Sliverstone.
Ferrari’s launch was expected to be quite lavish but, after the snow fell, the Italian team made the decision to cancel the formal launch and release pictures of the car on their own. Meanwhile, Force India held a major press conference in the pit area of the U.K. circuit.
As expected, both cars possess the unsightly “bumped” nose to meet this year’s new height requirements on the nose of the car imposed by the FIA.
Ferrari’s F2012: Ferrari released the justification behind the change in shape and how they feel the rule changes for 2012 will impact the Scuderia.
Scuderia’s interpretation of the technical and sporting regulations that apply this year: the main changes when compared to 2011 concern the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management. Practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised, starting with the suspension layout: both the front and rear feature pull-rods, aimed at favouring aerodynamic performance and lowering the centre of gravity. The front wing is derived from the one introduced on the 150º Italia in the final part of its racing life and has been evolved from there. Further evolutions are planned in this area for the opening races of the season. The nose has a step in it that is not aesthetically pleasing: with the requirement from the regulations to lower the front part, this was a way of raising the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible for aerodynamic reasons. The sides have been redesigned, through modifications to the side impact structures, the repositioning of the radiators and revisions to all aerodynamic elements. The lower part of the rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered, a feature achieved partly through a new gearbox casing and a relocation of some mechanical components. In recent years, the area of exhausts has been crucial in terms of car performance and much effort was expended on this front, based on changes to the regulations introduced this year. The rear wing is conceptually similar to the one used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised and it is now more efficient. Naturally, it is still fitted with DRS (a drag reduction system,) which is operated hydraulically. The front and rear air intakes for the brakes have been redesigned and work was carried out in collaboration with Brembo to optimise the braking system.
Force India’s VJM-05:
Force India also touched on the changes made to this year’s car in their press release:
Once again the Sahara Force India cars will be powered by the Mercedes engines with gearbox supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies. This will be the second season with the Mercedes KERS.