BMW tests its 2009 Formula 1 car prototype – and it ain’t pretty (Pictures)

Christian Klien has the best view of the F1.09 prototype - he he can't see it

Christian Klien has the best view of the F1.09 prototype - he can't see it

Several Formula 1 teams were back in action today for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix, testing developments ahead of the 2009 season.

BMW are the latest team to run developments of the aerodynamics package we can expect to see on its F1 car in 2009. It’s going to take some getting used to. Here’s 20 pictures, if you can take it…

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All pictures (C) BMW.

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85 comments on BMW tests its 2009 Formula 1 car prototype – and it ain’t pretty (Pictures)

  1. Chalky said on 17th November 2008, 15:58

    Looks like Clarkson \ Hammond & May have tried to make an F1 car. :D
    It will take some getting used to.
    Another chapter in F1 when the regulations bring a whole new looking F1.

  2. Are BMW testing a repainted Formula Palmer Audi chassis with an F1 spec front wing for a laugh?

    It looks completely out of proportion and deeply ugly – so far. But the narrow track, grooved tyre cars that were introduced in 1998 looked similarly awful at first. Hopefully, we’ll get used to it.

  3. yeah, my jaw fell open this morning when i saw the pics. but i do think the overall design will be refined in the end to produce an attractive package. god willing!

  4. HounslowBusGarage said on 17th November 2008, 16:00

    That front wing . . .
    Why don’t they just have rotating knives attached to the front wheels and be done with it?

  5. Pingguest said on 17th November 2008, 16:03

    These cars are ugly. And some insight people don’t even expect too much of the 2009 aero regulations either. Remember, the 2009 wings will be more or less standardized.

  6. Bungle said on 17th November 2008, 16:07

    cant say i care what the look like, it’s how they overtake I’m more interested in…

  7. looks like F1 is sadly heading towards A1GP…

  8. Striay said on 17th November 2008, 16:13

    it looks like a formula audi palmer car !!!!!

  9. I have not followed GP2 but I get the impression that racing and overtaking over there is interesting. GP2 car looks good as well. Strange.

  10. Atticus said on 17th November 2008, 16:14


    EDIT: well actually its the huge first wing which makes it odd. ive just googled on williams fw14 and its rear wing had the same size. still i think it looked great. i dont see the point in these monster first wings.

  11. Pingguest said on 17th November 2008, 16:29

    Atticus, the current wing sizes have never been used before. Until 1983 the entire bodywork had a maximum width of 140cm. From 1983 all the bodywork behind the rear wheel centre line had the maximum width of 100cm. From 1994 to 2008 this was reduced to 95cm.

  12. Robert McKay said on 17th November 2008, 16:29

    It is still an interim car, I think, to a certain extent.

    When I first saw it I wanted to gouge my eyes out. But having seen these pictures I have to say I’m really liking it! And that turnaround happened literally, honestly, within just a couple of hours. It’s very different to the old cars in terms of proportion. I think it’s actually quite like a FBMW chassis, but in a more exaggerated way, if you see what I mean.

    And the different the proper slicks makes over the grooves is very tangible to – makes it look very cool.

    Though I am prepared to be quite a lone voice in this.

  13. Eric M. said on 17th November 2008, 16:31

    Those flared up sidepods seem reminiscent of an IRL car!

    The rear wing is definitely weird. I think the FIA should have acheived the downforce reduction by making the wing element shallower, instead of narrower.

  14. All I want to know is – how fast is it?

  15. Robert McKay said on 17th November 2008, 16:48

    Oh, and the front wing probably looks a tad too wide…but it doesn’t have the silly “bucket” dip in the middle. I find the straight front wing much more aesthetically pleasing. And the lack of silly horns and aero winglet things is very cool.

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