BMW Sauber C29 launched (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

2010 F1 car launches

Launch images courtesy of Dank on Twitter | Studio images (C) BMW Sauber

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  1. There is a very big lack of advertising on that car which must be a major concern.

    You can see the little advertising they have got (some just above the rear wheel on the rear wing) but that advertiser could hardly have paid mega bucks for that you can hardly see it!!!

    I hope we dont have to many of the new/re-branded teams dropping out this year.

  2. Is the Renault getting unveiled at 15:30 or 16:30 uk gmt?

  3. The link from nose to the front wing is just like F60 from last year. The front wing plates are the same as of last year’s BMW SAUBER. I think this car wont have enough downforce coz of the design of the front wing.

      1. CounterStrike
        31st January 2010, 15:06

        Ferrari would love to force all these guys with an “extreme” ddd solution with its covers on :D

        1. CounterStrike
          31st January 2010, 15:07

          during the race of course.

  4. Chris Burland
    31st January 2010, 14:41

    It has very tiny sidepods like the Mclaren. Not as square but very high up. Also has the channeling under the airbox.

    Overall, the word that springs to mind is tidy.

    p.s. The black/Navy is a dark grey on the studio shots. Guess it will look different on different circuits in different conditions

  5. God Id love to see how they would put a Sauber F1 car into a shampoo advertisement!!! :D

    So I’m guessing by that that there are sponsors but for some reason Sauber haven’t put them on the car yet

    1. ‘a fast, efficient wash’

  6. I wish Peter Sauber all the best. He appears to be one of the good guys in F1. However, with no apparent sponsorship, a bland white color-scheme and two really unknown quantities in race drivers, this car could underperform the USF1 and Campos entries! Kobayoshi will blow DelaRosa away.

    1. Chris Burland
      31st January 2010, 14:52

      Brawn did pretty well considering they turned up to the first test without any sponsors!
      Pedro must be a good development driver to have been Mclaren tester for so long. Maybe he’s taken a few ideas with him!!
      I reckon Kobayashi might follow a similar career path to Massa. Pretty wild for a couple of years with Sauber then snapped up by one of the big boys

  7. At first I was disappointed when I saw the on track pictures on my phone, the livery looked like it was blue and white like the old BMW so it felt pretty pointless. But looking at the studio shots I now love it.

    Although the livery looks plain and will probably change a bit with sponsors, I like that they’ve managed to make the front wing look smaller with the use of black and white, and that the colours on the side pod follow the lines of the car.

    I was expecting all the new cars to have those Red Bull horns on the nose but apparently not!

  8. Why Sauber has still kept the blue and red stripe of BMW/BMW M division? It is okay that for some reasons BMW name can’t be removed officially but why then going on and stretching the BMW link by giving the car BMW colours when BMW is not at all involved. Can anybody explain this?

    BTW the front of the car looks quite new, not seen this type of nose before. Also overall car looks very aggressive.

    1. Very odd, unless BMW are providing to low level sponsorship, or Sauber is hoping to woo BMW back now that Mercedes have their own team.

    2. Prisoner Monkeys
      1st February 2010, 1:51

      This is why you don’t use GP Update as a news source: they only report half the story.

      The nature of Sauber’s status as a team remains unresolved. As they are using all the old BMW Sauber equipment, faciities and personnel, there is a case for them to be considred a new incarnation of an old team rather than being a new team outright. If this is the case, they may be entitled to television rights the way every other team is, and so they are keeping the BMW name to further this argument. Peter Sauber confirmed that the BMW name has to do with the Concorde Agreement and television monies, and every news outlet save for GP Update printed as much.

  9. CounterStrike
    31st January 2010, 15:27

    There are rumours in the French media that the second seat at Renault could go to Nicolas Prost.

  10. The reason the car looks white and blue in the outdoor pics is ‘coz we’re all so used to lookin at the bmw cars…and any ambiguity in the colour makes us think in the same old direction

  11. Apart from the ubiquitous shark fin, this car actually looks lovely. Needs a decent livery though.


  13. I love the livery, it really suits a beautiful car. I hope it’s fast, just a shame about the drivers although Kobayoshi could shine this year if he draws on de la rosa’s experience.

  14. Haha,the diffuser cover is becoming a complex piece now! mclaren hAd one, BMW have one, it’s all much more advanced than austrailia 09 when the brawn mechanics were sitting on the grid to block their diffuser from view!

  15. Looks beautiful

  16. Counterstrike
    My mistake, now have seen the HQ studio photos, the stripe colours on the nose are actually red and black. So that’s fine. BMW’s stripe was red and blue. Still i think the design idea is same but Sauber substituted BMW’s blue with black. I hope this year they get allowed to change the name too. BMW Sauber Ferrari is ridiculous.

    1. CounterStrike
      31st January 2010, 16:57

      No JUGNU, I was not talking about the colours,but the BMW name. I am flabbergasted as you are on Sauber retaining the BMW name. Just ridiculous!

      Maybe the BMW on sauber might represent

      Big Money Wasted lol :P

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