BMW Sauber C29 launched (Pictures)

The BMW Sauber C29 has an almost sponsor-free livery

The BMW Sauber C29 has an almost sponsor-free livery

BMW Sauber have revealed their 2010 F1 car.

The car lacks any major sponsors although the team announced several deals into the run-up to the launch, some of which feature on the car. They include Scalp-D, a Japanese shampoo, and watch brand Certina.

Here are the first pictures of the C29.

Although the team is no longer run by BMW the team has retained the name in its title. But the car carries on the model designation used by the Sauber team until 2005, when it raced the C24.

The car is now powered by Ferrari and also uses the Ferrari gearbox.

Technical director Willy Rampf described some of the changes to the car:

The increased length of the fuel tank means the car has grown longer overall. And because they are slimmer, the front tyres will be more heavily worked, requiring weight to be shifted further towards the rear of the car.

An eye-catching feature of the C29 is its highly intricate raised nose. Also very distinctive is an extremely long undercut at the transition from chassis into underbody. These and other aerodynamic measures also help to ensure optimum airflow to the double diffuser. Further changes were required to integrate the Ferrari engine and, in particular, the Ferrari gearbox.
Willy Rampf

BMW have also published the car’s basic specifications including some of its dimensions:

Chassis: Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension: Upper and lower wishbones (front and rear), inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods (Sachs Race Engineering)
Brakes: Six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon pads and discs (Brembo, Carbon Industries)
Transmission: Ferrari Seven-speed quick shift gearbox, carbon, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Chassis electronics: MES
Steering wheel: BMW Sauber F1 Team
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
Wheels: OZ
Length: 4,940 mm
Width: 1,800 mm
Height: 1,000 mm
Track width, front: 1,495 mm
Track width, rear: 1,410 mm
Weight: 620 kg (including driver, tank empty)

BMW Sauber launch pictures

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119 comments on BMW Sauber C29 launched (Pictures)

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  1. Vikas said on 31st January 2010, 13:39

    Thanks a ton Keith… lightning fast as usual :)

  2. Jezson said on 31st January 2010, 13:40

    Looks very aggressive. Is that black and white? Can’t wait to see some more pictures!

  3. Vikas said on 31st January 2010, 13:41

    The car looks pretty compact….maybe its the angle… front looks like last year’s Force India…though the nose is wider

  4. Small ass.

    I still think those little rear wings look odd.

  5. It sort of looks like the Williams except with a shark fin.

  6. Bernard said on 31st January 2010, 13:42

    Bravo Keith, super quick.

  7. Magnificent Geoffrey said on 31st January 2010, 13:43

    It’s the long front nose, shark fin combo again by the looks of it, isn’t it? Becoming a bit of a cliche now!

  8. CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 13:43

    Glad they’ve not incorporated the RB5 nose. Black & white should look nice actually. But the title pic looks very basic.

    • Hairs said on 31st January 2010, 14:09

      Seems like Ferrari are the only ones so far to pick out the bumpy RB5 nose – wonder if there’s something else to the RB5 that made that kink and bulge more useful than it is on other designs.

      Both this and the McLaren have fairly flat noses – something BMW were questioned over last year, and ended up revising. Evidently the mantra of Downforce (ie diffuser) wins out over whatever advantage Red Bull were able to get out of the Duck Billed Nose.

  9. sato113 said on 31st January 2010, 13:43

    thanks keith! i hope this team do well ;) i like the black and white too.

  10. Vikas said on 31st January 2010, 13:45

    The front wing looks pretty rudimentary compared to Mcaren and ferrari

  11. Jezson said on 31st January 2010, 13:47

    Looks like its still got the red stripe on it actually…

  12. Vikas said on 31st January 2010, 13:47

    Sorry McLaren

  13. The car looks great! Very different to what we have seen before. Surprised they used the BMW livery, despite still being called BMW Sauber, but I liked their livery anyway.

  14. James_mc said on 31st January 2010, 13:49

    You can see Certina on the wing mirrors.

  15. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st January 2010, 13:50

    Maybe it’s just the angle but the front nose looks very high and long.

  16. CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 13:50

    The area behind sidepod looks very different from Ferrari, looks like its con-caving far far more than the F10.Looks like it was done to exploit the DDD rule to its fullest.

    That area might actually hold the key to channelizing air flow to the DDD.

    • Hairs said on 31st January 2010, 14:39

      It’s strange though that Brawn were the team who were judged to have by far the best double diffuser implementation last year, and they had a low, swooped, curving nose that was very close to the front wing. Essentially the opposite of the cars released so far. This makes me all the more interested to see what the Merc looks like.

  17. that reminds me of a Formula BMW…

  18. Vikas said on 31st January 2010, 13:53

    I like the wheels :-)

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