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. Rob Wilson said on 31st January 2010, 14:10

    hahaha that looks boring!

  2. Stealthman said on 31st January 2010, 14:14

    Wait, wait, wait.

    The team’s still called BMW Sauber, but it’s using Ferrari engines and gearboxes?

    What is up with that? I know that there are many reasons for the team to retain the BMW name, but it seems ridiculous to call the team that when they’re using engines from a completely different manufacturer. :?

    The car looks lovely though, apart from the shark fin of course.

    • Changing the official name of the team meaning going through a formal process and getting the consent of all the other teams. Peter Sauber has more than enough on his plate at the moment.

  3. Macca said on 31st January 2010, 14:20

    At least all the cars arn’t the same this year.

  4. nice looking car, wud look even nicer with a proper livery. Can’t get my head round why they’re still being called BMW Sauber, it’s crazy…

  5. Ratboy said on 31st January 2010, 14:25

    I like it.
    so far all this years designs have been better than last years, its good to see the cars starting tolook better despite the daft rules they have to abide by.

    Perhaps they’ll be like Brawn last year and pick up a different sponser for every race?

  6. Avinith said on 31st January 2010, 14:30

    Can u please put up more pictures? Thank you.

  7. kapow said on 31st January 2010, 14:30

    I like that the Japanese sponsor Kamui brought in is a shampoo company. hehe

    Nice rims! A bit odd to say that about an F1 car haha.

  8. Chris said on 31st January 2010, 14:34

    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.

  9. Calum said on 31st January 2010, 14:35

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

  10. Gagan said on 31st January 2010, 14:37

    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.

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