Sauber unveil the C31

Kobayashi & Perez unveil the C31 in Jerez

Hi Racers,

Another few hours and another new car has been unveiled in preparation for the start of season testing in Jerez.

This time its the Sauber F1 Team releasing their C31, driven by Kobayashi and Perez for the 2012 season.

The new C31 incorporating the step nose and a new colour scheme

At the time of the release, Chief Designer, Matt Morris had this to say:

“The C31 is revolutionary where we had fresh ideas, particularly at the rear of the car, and it is an evolution where we knew we could carry over certain approaches. We had to improve on the weaknesses we identified on the C30, but at the same time we wanted to maintain its strengths.

“We had established some good directions to go in towards the end of last year with the C30 which we wanted to continue with, particularly some of our DRS developments, and some of the ways we were opting for with the car’s set up in order to improve our qualifying performance without compromising our race pace.”

Once again, the stepped nose is evident and they have gone with a new paint job, incorporating some black, rather than just the stark white of last year.

Here are the Tech Spec’s – thanks to http://www.sauberf1team.com/en/sauber_c31/

Sauber C31-Ferrari
Chassis carbon-fibre monocoque
Front suspension upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pushrods
Rear suspension upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pullrods
Brakes six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon-fibre pads and discs (Brembo)
Transmission Ferrari 7-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Chassis electronics MES
KERS Ferrari
Steering wheel Sauber F1 Team
Tyres Pirelli
Wheels OZ
Dimensions Length  5.195 mm width 1.800 mm height 1.000 mm track width, front 1.495 mm track width, rear 1.410 mm
Weight 640 kg (incl. driver, tank empty)

Ferrari 056 Motor
Type naturally aspirated V8, 90° cylinder angle
Engine block sand-cast aluminium
Valves / valve train 32 / pneumatic
Displacement 2,398 ccm
Bore 98 mm
Weight > 95 kg
Electronic injection and ignition

I have to admit, this isn’t a favorite of mine, it looks cheap and not nearly as slick as it could have been with the black and white colour scheme.

Only about an hour to go until Red Bull!

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

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