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. Mahir said on 18th November 2008, 2:32

    even 2002 Jordan Honda looked better that!

  2. Cameron aka. SkinBintin said on 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. Phil B said on 18th November 2008, 10:49

    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. Smitty said on 18th November 2008, 11:43

    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. Greg Beckett said on 18th November 2008, 12:47

    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. mail123456 said on 18th November 2008, 14:13

    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. Robert McKay said on 18th November 2008, 17:21

    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. Wesley said on 18th November 2008, 21:49

    “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.

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