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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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  1. even 2002 Jordan Honda looked better that!

  2. Cameron aka. SkinBintin
    18th November 2008, 3:54

    Good luck expanding the audience Bernie and Max when the product looks like garbage. Hopefully next season just comes and goes and everthing just returns to normal!

  3. Of course looks are important! f1 is about the whole experience. The reason they told them to get rid of the chimmneys was to improve the look. Id just ban wings altogether

    compare and contrast:

    http://www.digital-photo.com.au/v/Sydney+Motor+Show+2007/Maserati-250F-Sterling-Moss-Sydney-Motor-Show-2007_MG_1868.jpg.html

    Now thats the mother load!

  4. Is the FIA expecting to run some snow races in 2009?

  5. Based on how stupid the cars look I am actually considering not watching F1 next year. Aesthetics are important. Why couldn’t they have put the aero rules like they were in 1990. At least they were in proportion.

    Idiots!

  6. F1 cars will never be more beautiful than they were in the 50s and 60s – I’ll admit, but to me, this BMW prototype isn’t ugly.

    And number of front wings that will be knocked off this season? At least 20. Called it!

  7. I call 21.

    Plus F1 cars are pretty ugly anyway. It’s just what we’ve got used to in the past 2 years. You’ll all get used to this very quickly.

    And if you don’t, who cares about aesthetics anyway. You don’t hear me complaining about having to look at Flavio… :D

  8. well you may not care but plenty do, and no one watches Flavio for 90 minutes so what a strange comment. We’re so far away from win on a sunday, sell on a monday that people have almost forgotten the raison d’etre of racing. Put on a show and get people salivating about the product.

    The Santander advert with Lewis is quite prescient, they just forgot to add an aeroplane wing to the kit.

    In the early 1900’s, manufacturers experimented with what were to become known as “freak cars” – they looked like boilers and although in race terms they were successful, the public hated them and so they were quickly dropped.

    Having said all that if the racing is electric, no one will care. But if it isnt……

  9. It looks a little dangerous – if the front wing dislodged at high speed, couldn’t it just flip the car or give it air?

  10. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

    the ugliest ever formula 1 car. why did Mosley always make such stupid regulation which might lost F1’s fans?
    for God’s sake, now we’re on 21st century! show what we should show! don’t be trapped in 1980’s era, and yet dreaming you could bring it again nowadays.

    i prefer A1 GP cars. they are based on Ferrari F2004, and yes it looks much better than F1 2009 car.

    if F1 2009 cars remain the same like this, i’m sure F1’s gonna lost its fans.

  11. Klien: ’09 BMW worst looking car ever
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72176

    To me, for the moment, it’s the worst (looking) Formula One car I have ever seen. It just doesn’t fit together.

    but he say something more interesting:

    Even with these aerodynamics it’s still not possible to drive right behind another car. We will see in the first few races. It’s more of a problem to not knock off the front wing at the first corner.

    something similar say Pedro de la Rosa:

    It will still be a wide car, there will still be aerodynamic effect and offline will stay dirty. It will be easier, but it won’t be MotoGP. And people need to understand that.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72176

    so did we have ugly cars and no overtaking ?:)

  12. Once again I extend a sarcastic thankyou to everyone who clicked “F1 needs more overtaking” on their FIA/AMD survey’s in years past. I hope you’re happy that you contributed to ruining the aesthetic appeal of the sport for a solution that will not give you what you want (not that you have any idea what that is) and was never really needed in the first place.

  13. I hope you’re happy that you contributed to ruining the aesthetic appeal of the sport for a solution that will not give you what you want (not that you have any idea what that is) and was never really needed in the first place.

    Yes, we can have “ugly” cars that don’t overtake (2008) or different “ugly” cars that might be more able to overtake.

    I use the word “ugly” in inverted commas because it’s relative.

    The aesthetics is surely the least important bit. A good-looking procession much better than an “ugly” looking yet good race? Course not.

  14. “The aesthetics is surely the least important bit. A good-looking procession much better than an “ugly” looking yet good race? Course not.”

    Well said Robert.

  15. Um… repeating, I wish there was more symmetry between the front and rear wings, but otherwise I like the smoother lines of the car. I think it’ll grow on us in time.

  16. marvin guillen
    19th November 2008, 2:00

    OH! my lord. Hope not to see does cars in 2009.They`re UGLY!!!
    FIA listen to the fans. Beautiful sport means the same for the cars. BMW,HONDA and others don`t make this mistakes.I hope not to see the rear wing that high.
    I`m big fan (Ferrari to say) of F1.Don`t break my heart.

  17. higher and narrower rear wing scares me to death. it’s horrible!!

  18. @ 70 Robert McKay

    The general opinion is F1 needs more overtaking, this simply isn’t true and these cars will certainly not provide it. Formula One by nature will produce race grids with little scope for position changes. These abomination aerodynamics will do nothing to change this characteristic of the sport and so we will still have half a dozen races which your describe as processional. What do we have to gain from these regulations? Perhaps some vanilla repositioning on the opening laps of races. What do we have to lose? The build up and anticipation over many laps, the anxiety over whether or not Lewis or Kimi will have a go into turn 1 this time around!

    Ask yourself this, do you actually expect a Ferrari that has qualified behind a Toyota, to overtake that Toyota and then stay close enough so that the Toyota will overtake it on the next lap, creating a battle of Gilles-Rene like legend? Of course not, the Ferrari is just going to drive off into the distance. How is this exciting to you, or anyone?

    As has been said by Windsor many times, if overtaking is all you covet, there’s plenty of places to go and get your fix. Leave F1 alone.

  19. huge mistake by the fia. the front wing is tooo wide. the car looks ugly as hell and is going to be very easy to knock it off when fighting for position. hey mosley.. maybe your new front wing is not going to help with close racing after all.

    i think the new rear wing is ok, and i’m happy that all those winglets are finally gone.

  20. That front wing is hung like Max Mosley!

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