Red Bull unveil RB8 – and it was worth the wait

Hi Racers,

It is time, and it was WORTH it! Red bull have once again amazed with the RB8.

Sophisticated, sexy and just downright awesome – all, with the stepped nose 🙂

 

 

No-one does it like Red Bull.

Photos will follow tommorow.

Until then, just enjoy. I think I’ve watched it 100 times already.

Vroom Vroom

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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

Driver Line-up 2012 COMPLETE

Hi Racers,

The completed, confirmed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

2012 Team Line-Ups

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber

McLaren

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari

Fernando Alosno

Felipe Massa

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Lotus (Prev Renault)

Romain Grosjean

Kimi Raikkonen

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Torro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne

Force India

Paul Di resta

Nico Hulkenberg

Marussia (Prev Virgin)

Timo Glock

Charles Pic

Carterham (Prev Lotus)

Heikki Kovalainen

Jarno Trulli

Williams

Bruno Senna

Pastor Maldonado

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan completes driver lineup for 2012 Season

Karthikeyan confirmed for HRT in 2012

Hi Racers,

FINALLY, we have a completed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Karthikeyan has been confirmed to drive for HRT in 2012, after signing a contract with the team. It may seem surprising however, seeing as he was replaced by Ricciardo half way through the season, and was consistently out paced by his team-mate.

Karthikeyan said of the placement:

 “It has taken a lot of hard work to make this happen but I am absolutely elated to feature on the 2012 grid with HRT F1 Team.

“I was pleased with our strong performance at the Indian Grand Prix, in front of my passionate home fans and I look forward to building on this result in 2012. I have been training hard since the end of 2011, ensuring I was ready for the rigours of F1 if an opportunity arose. I am delighted to have signed with HRT F1 Team. With the new management, Pedro, and the team, there is definite potential for progress.

“We need to understand that F1 is new to India, we hosted our first race only last year which was a resounding success. To build on that momentum, an Indian driver will certainly keep the interest engaged throughout the season. I am proud to secure an opportunity to forge a stronger connection between India and Formula 1 once again.”

 

Lets hope he can make it happen for him, and the team in 2012.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Lotus unveil the E20

 

Raikkonen & Grosjean unveil the Lotus E20

Hi Racers,

I LOVE the look of the Lotus E20. It’s sleek, stylish, sophisticated and just “works”. Finally! Proof that the stepped nose can look stylish. Why the other team’s weren’t able to figure this out is beyond me.

Kudo’s to Lotus, they have done an exceptional job. The black/gold look is just awesome. Yep, love it 🙂

Super stylish!

Once again, ONE small jibe about the advertising, isn’t pleasant that such a stylish car and we have to read about ” CLEAR anti dandruff” during a race, but, if it wasnt for the sponsors, where would they be hey?

Chassis

Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque, manufactured by Lotus F1 Team and designed for maximum strength with minimum weight. RS27-2012 V8 engine installed as a fully-stressed member.

Front Suspension

Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard rocker via a pushrod system. This is connected to a torsion bar and damper units which are mounted inside the front of the monocoque. Aluminium uprights and OZ machined magnesium wheels.

Rear suspension

Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones with pull rod operated torsion springs and transverse-mounted damper units mounted in the top of the gearbox casing. Aluminium uprights and OZ machined magnesium wheels.

Transmission

Seven-speed semi-automatic titanium gearbox with reverse gear. “Quickshift” system in operation to maximise speed of gearshifts.

Fuel system

Kevlar-reinforced rubber fuel cell by ATL.

Cooling system

Separate oil and water radiators located in the car’s sidepods and cooled using airflow from the car’s forward motion.

Electrical

MES-Microsoft Standard Electronic Control Unit. braKiNg system Carbon discs and pads. Calipers by AP Racing. Master cylinders by AP racing and Brembo.

Cockpit

Removable driver’s seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, with six-point or eight-point harness seat belt by OMP Racing. Steering wheel integrates gear change, clutch paddles, and rear wing adjuster.

KERS

Motor generator unit driving into front of engine with batteries as an energy store. Motor Generator supplied by Renault Sport F1. Electronic control unit by Magneti-Marelli.

Obviously they had a CLEAR view of the car they wanted to create 😉

Force India unveil VJM05

Hulkenberg & di Resta unveil the Force India VJM05

Hi Racers,

Another one on the grid for 2012.

Force India have unveiled their VJM05 in Silverstone on Friday.

As usual, we have the stepped nose ( I think its pretty obvious this is a trend – like it or not ). I don’t mind this cars overall look, but the sponsorship is a bit outlandish. Having words stuck to the edge of the car so obviously is a bit of a shame, but, has to be done I guess.

Here are the technical specs, thanks to http://f1pulse.com/schumster/insights/201202033/force-india-vjm05

Subtle advertising by Sahara 🙂

 

Force India VJM05
Chassis Carbon fibre composite monocoque with Zylon legality side anti-intrusion panels
Front suspension Aluminium uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod.  Inboard chassis mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly
Rear suspension Aluminium uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pullrod.  Inboard gearbox mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly
Wheel base 3500mm
Front track 1480mm
Rear track 1440mm
Overall height 950mm
Overall length 5100mm
Overall weight 640kg (with driver, by regulations)
Wheels BBS forged wheels to Sahara Force India specification
Engine supplier Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains V8 2.4litre
KERS Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Transmission McLaren Racing 7-speed, semi-automatic, ‘e-shift’
Lubricants Mobil 1 products
Spark plugs NGK
Clutch AP Racing carbon clutch
Tyres Pirelli
Brake system AP Racing
Brake material Brembo
Dampers Penske

 

Stepped Nose on Force India VJM05

 

Next up is the Lotus E20, and THEN its time for Sauber, Torro Rosso and RED BULL!

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Ferrari unveil the F2012

Alonso & Massa unveil the new Ferrari F2012

Hi Racers,

The unveiling of the Formula 1 team’s 2012 challengers is in full swing, with another few teams unveiling their cars over the past week.

Ferrari have unveiled their F2012, and have already been on the back foot with feedback of the “ugly” variety. It’s obvious that this year, with the new stepped nose that it will be difficult to find a car that people find as attractive as last year. Mclaren, have however managed this with their new release.

Ferrari F2012 Profile - Stepped Nose Included

One big thing missing from the new F2012 is the Italian flag on the back wing 😦 It has been replaced with sponsorship, which is a shame, as it is something that many fans have, I’m sure, grown to love.

Here are some Tech Specs thanks to http://singleseater2012.ferrari.com/index_web.html

Front - Ferrari F2012

Technical Specs

Chassis

  • Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Gearbox: Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
  • Differential: Limited-slip differential
  • Command: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – 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″

Engine

  • Type: 056
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: V 90°
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Pneumatic distribution
  • Total displacement: 2398 cm3
  • Piston bore: 98 mm
  • Weight: >95 kg
  • Electronic injection and ignition
  • Fuel: Shell V-Power
  • Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

 

The new wing design. No more flag

 

I have to admit, I’m not really keen on this look – reminds me of a cheap matchbox car. I’m SO looking forward to seeing them all run though 🙂

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom