Ferrari unveiled their 2012 F1 Car Friday morning.
While the car adheres to new rules regarding the position of the exhaust pipes and engine mapping, the most striking feature of the F2012 is its ‘platypus’ nose, a design that caused a stir when Caterham revealed a similar concept last week.
The tightly waisted rear end features exhaust outlets aimed at the rear floor in a bid to improve aerodynamics now that the technology used to increase downforce by blowing gases along the rear floor of the car has been banned.
“(The car) looks very different actually from what we have seen in the past two years,” said Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Agreed Felipe Massa: “Let me tell you that it looks very aggressive.”
Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary, however, had another view, insisting the Ferrari, Force India and Caterham have “nasty nose jobs”.
“I am sure our car will be winning right from the beginning,” declared Stefano Domenicali in confident fashion. “We have learned many lessons from the past, and taken some difficult decisions. But I am sure all our efforts will be represented with this car.
“From a technical point of view, we have many novelties in terms of mechanics and also the shape of the car. We wanted continuity here, and hopefully we will reach the right performance.”
Ferrari F2012 CHASSIS
Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Gearbox: Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Differential: Limited-slip differential
Command: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox â€“ quick shift
Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
Brakes: Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Suspension: Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg
OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13″
Ferrari F2012 ENGINE
Number of cylinders: 8
Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: V 90°
Number of valves: 32
Total displacement: 2398 cm3
Piston bore: 98 mm
Weight: >95 kg
Electronic injection and ignition
Fuel: Shell V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra