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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. that reminds me of a Formula BMW…

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

    I like the wheels :-)

  5. DanThorn said on 31st January 2010, 13:57

    Wonderful. And I’ve missed those Sauber wheels.

  6. does anyone else feel that shark fins are just plain ugly? It’s almost as bad as those funny little wings that used to be on top of the side pods

  7. CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 14:00

    That basic shark fin is really a waste.

  8. Dan Bigham said on 31st January 2010, 14:01

    Another white car :-( o well, it looks quite simple in most aspects but they’ve definetely taken a different route with the front nose. Looks like they have two sealing flaps each side of the nose and the tub. And also quite wide to tight sidepods. CounterStrike is right about it exploiting the best from the DDD, seems to be what most teams have focused on this year. any pictures of the diffuser Keith?

    • CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 14:12

      Yes Dan. That might be the area of concern for Ferrari. Their sidepod curvature seems to channel the air more towards the top portion of the rear wing than the DDD itself.
      Its quite easily noticeable.

      • The F10’s sidepods look too similar to that on the F60 IMO. It isn’t compact and sculpted like the other cars.

        • CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 14:19

          I would say its the same actually.Maybe that’s the reason for Massa being asked to compare the 60 & 10.

      • Dan Bigham said on 31st January 2010, 14:22

        I don’t want to be seen as speculating, but Ferrari seem to have gone very simple on their whole 2010 design, dont you think? They can’t really play with their sidepod size/shape easily, and the front wing looks identical to 09, the nose is an obvious copy of the RB5. They can’t expect to gain a few seconds from just the nose and some tweaked sidepods, i just hope they have designed a monsterous diffuser or are keeping their hand close to their chest until testing/Bahrain.

        Sauber seem to have squeezed the same engine and cooling into a much tighter space. Should be interesting to compare everybodies diffusers and how they are fed.

        • CounterStrike said on 31st January 2010, 14:35

          But Dan diffusers are of no use if Ferrari haven’t managed to channelize the air flow to it efficiently.

          F10 & F60’s rear end look the same & the F60 was not designed for the DDD. You don’t gain much by just copying Newey’s nose.

          Either they are sandbagging or have some serious issues with their rear design.

          Are other teams also comparing the 09 & 10 cars at the test?

      • sumedh said on 31st January 2010, 15:48

        Excellent observation Counterstrike.

        Ferrari Sidepods might be the key to their rumored troubles.

        The C29’s sidepods look like 2 ears. They gain in height as one moves away from the centre of the car. Strange indeed.

        Looks pretty different than the BMW of 2009. Thats good, IMO

  9. Jacob said on 31st January 2010, 14:01

    does that shark fin attach to the rear wing, like the mclaren?

  10. Jacob said on 31st January 2010, 14:03

    also i wander if ferrari let them use the new smaller gearbox? hmm…

  11. No sponsors on the car at the launch, that isn’t a good sign.

  12. sato113 said on 31st January 2010, 14:05

    looks like reanult will be black and yellow judging by the uniform-

  13. Ned Flanders said on 31st January 2010, 14:06

    Car looks nice… Livery looks boring

    I really, really hope that isn’t their final livery. Mabye they are waitng for a big sponsor to buy both the team name and the livery… Orange perhaps- or is that just wishful thinking?!

  14. Didn’t know they wouldn’t release a livery.

    Very disapointing

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