Force India VJM02 revealed early – pictures (2009 F1 cars)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India F1 VJM02 - 2009 F1 car
Force India F1 VJM02 - 2009 F1 car

Force India’s VJM02 was due to break cover tomorrow but Anirudh has dug out some early pictures of it on Force India’s official website.

They confirm the impression we got from the Force India calendar earlier this year that the new car replaces the bright red flashes of 2008 with orange and green. More pictures below.

2009 Formula 1 cars

Thanks to Anirudh for the tip!

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  1. Why are the drivers holding up a Barclays Football trophy (sorry I don’t know whether it’s the premier League Trophy or the FA Cup)..??

    1. Your guess is as good as mine!

    2. it is the premiership trophy

    3. Do any of Vijay’s corporations have some sponsorship and/or ownership in the curent EPL champions? Perhaps that is one solution.

    4. Whyte & Mackay(presently owned Mallya’s UB group) used to sponsor Leeds United and presently sponsor Hibernian F.C.

  2. Ahh, so it was like the calendar suggested. At least we won’t be mistaking it for a McLaren this year. I like the green and orange livery.

    Can’t say the same about the car though, it looks pretty awful, all ugly and bumpy. Another interesting take on the wingmirrors though.

    I shan’t be expecting too much again from them this year.

  3. Any who thought we we going to see a McLaren clone were worrying for nothing!!

  4. I agree about the livery. I suspect VMM had a say in that! Also the nose looks suspiciously familiar…

    Now, it could be that White & MacKay sponsor two cars, but I distinctly remember them re-affirming their commitment to McLaren, and Hamilton took the car for a spin at their Glasgow factory a couple of months ago. Not just technology sharing methinks! ;-)

    1. It’s Diageo that sponsor McLaren under their Johnnie Walker scotch whisky brand…

      Whyte & Mackay is part of the United Breweries Group which is headed by one Dr Vijay Mallya…

  5. I much prefer this livery over the previous one. Though the bright colours make it look a little childish, and I don’t like Serif typefaces on an F1 car…don’t really go well with an F1 car I think.

    Pretty much indifferent to the car design, but I’ll stick my foot out that, aesthetically at least, I prefer this to most of the other cars we’ve seen so far.

    That trophy just makes them look ridiculous.

  6. Just a thought, this may be the only car that looks okay with the soft Bridgestones on…

    1. We haven’t seen ex-Honda yet ;)

      I like more colour diversity on grid so this is ok in terms of recognition…

    2. From what I’ve read on various sites their new livery will be mainly blue…

      (One site said quite like the old Prost colour scheme…)

  7. Interesting mountings for the mirrors, and the sidepods have an interesting shape.

  8. Definitely an improvement on the livery and although several of the companies are Dr Vijay’s, its good to see the team has a healthy looking sponsor portfolio.

    I’m wondering though, why no Mercedes-Benz badge? I guess the top manufacturers only like to be associated with one team? I think Toro Rosso should have Ferrari on the engine cover too, a la the old Minardi-Ferrari days.

    Its going to be very interesting seeing how this car performs in the two test sessions before Melbourne.

    1. I was thinking the same thing about the M-B badge- they have their name and logo all over everything at McLaren.

  9. I would like a bit more green would start to look like a 1990’s Benetton

  10. I quite like it, sure its no Mclaren, Ferrari or Williams but its interesting nonetheless. I think the livery is much better than last years and different enough to the others to be welcomed, especially as its no dogs dinner like the Renault.

    I like the wing mirror mounts and other small details to assist in the aero, they’ve obviously given it lots of thought. With the Merc in the back and McLaren tech dotted around I think it should go well, points finishes on the agenda anyway.

  11. Finally a car that has more than 2 coulours, although it doesn’t stray much away from Toyota’s livery.
    So far it looks pretty dull and monothematic in F1.

    Mono-coloured cars:
    Ferrari – RED
    Red Bull – BLUE

    McLaren – Silver + RED
    Toyota – White + RED
    Sauber – White + BLUE
    Williams – White + BLUE
    Renault – White + Yellow

    Force – White + RED + Greeen

    1. Is there only 2 colours on the Renault, god that makes it an even wore paint job than I already thought it was…

    2. Renault has 3 colours, White, Yellow and quite some Orange :-)

    3. Another nerdy correction- the new Force India livery is more orange than red, and the Williams is predominantly blue with white, not the other way round

  12. Adrian – (DOH!) Thanks for pointing that out. I don’t drink that blended rubbish so I clearly got them confused! ;-)

  13. It looks more like the Indian Flag

    1. um, that’s the point…

  14. The livery is ok but I don’t think the car looks very innovotive compared to the likes of red bull. I think that the premiership trophy is the closest they’ll get to actually winning any silverware even with McLaren help.

  15. The sidepods are very Mclaren like. Nose toyota like.

    Livery is good..

    Renault should take a lesson from Force India. Its possible to make a good looking car using more than 2 colors. May be then; they will make something other than fruit salad looking cars.

    1. I think comparing the Renault to a fruit salad may be more of a compliment than you may be wishing to them ;)

  16. Although not the most beautiful livery of all time, it certainly stands out with orange and green on a white base.

  17. I think renaults 08 car succesfully used more than 2 colors, in fact by the end of the year i admired how it looked at television distance, it was quite distinctive. I dont know why I am the only one to think this, but I agree that this year replacing navy blue with red has made it too bright. My point is how they look in studio and on tv is a bit different

  18. The McForce India is here guys!(althought it looks very much differnt from McLaren)
    About the trophy, I think they are trying to make up for last year’s pointless season.

  19. Is that a 99 Jordan with a paintjob?

  20. Well at least that’s one car that will look good with the green-striped tyres

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