Mercedes Unveil the F1 W03

The new Mercedes "Silver Bullet" W03 in Barcelona

Hi Racers

Finally, we get to see what Mercedes have come up with and it looks the “silver bullet” we were expecting.

It features the new stepped nose, and it doesnt look too bad actually. The colour scheme & advertising does tend to lower its impact, which is always good.

W03 in action

Team Principle Ross Brawn had this to say about the W03

“The F1 W03 is a car that I believe, and hope, our team can be proud of, and which will deliver the on-track results that everybody has worked so hard to achieve,” Brawn said. “Notwithstanding the distinctive nose design, which is certainly an acquired taste, the F1 W03 is an elegant interpretation of the current regulations, and a clear step forward over its predecessor in terms of detail design and sophistication.

“Last year, we produced a very bold car and, although its more radical elements didn’t always deliver the results we had hoped for, the experience we gained has been invaluable to the design of the 2012 car. The F1 W03 is also a more integrated package, which reflects the ever-strengthening ties between our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth, and demonstrates that our Silver Arrows works team is taking the next step forward in terms of on-track performance.”

Unfortunetly, I’m unable to source the Tech Spec’s for the W03 at this stage.

Not long until the start of the 2012 season now!!

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