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

119 comments on “BMW Sauber C29 launched (Pictures)”

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  1. Interesting to see that they covered their diffuser hehehe I did not see photos also of the diffusers of ferrari, mclarenand renault :) hmmmm…. they are really battling it out already hehehe

  2. I really am liking these shark finned formula 1 cars. They look like station wagons a bit. I really am liking the new cars a bit.

  3. I really like the look of the C29, looks aggressive but tidy and just loving the wheels! I hope that the lack of sponsors on the car is due to the deals not being confirmed yet rather than there not being any.

  4. i thought BMW pulled out last season. am i wrong?

    1. Jarred Walmsley
      31st January 2010, 20:26

      Nope, however due to the time consuming process of changing the name, Peter Sauber has elected to keep it at least for the 2010 season.

  5. all the cars look good now :D

  6. theRoswellite
    31st January 2010, 21:12

    In the latest introductions two things make me concerned. The lack of sponsorship on this car, and the simplicity of the Renault front wing. Hopefully we are not into a period where the front runners simply disappear up the road while a majority of the field worry more about the financial bottom line than the finish line.

  7. The livery looks a bit…A1GP. Not helped by the lack of the sponsors.

  8. why keep the most boring livery in history??

  9. I love the wheel rims. I think this is my favourite 2010 car so far. Shape-wise it is very sleak, and livery-wise the white and charcoal looks great. It looks as if it’ll be fast. Especially seeing as it’s got BMW and Ferrari engines in the back.

    1. Lol the C29’s got TWO engines eh?! It’s gonna be fast! :P Agreed on the wheels and the overall look.

  10. When is a BMW not a BMW… when it’s a Ferrari. If it wins any races (which it won’t) wonder if Ferrari will pay to have their name on it…

  11. A very interesting thing so far everybody have gone with the shark fin but Ferrari.Not the prettiest car in the world,but really hoping the team perform well.

  12. wow…this is a nice car but so plain..but i like it

  13. Looks like a low key launch which seems a shame as they could have done with some hype. It does not appear to have anything different to it compared to what we have already seen but I do wish them luck.

    It’s all a bit confusing with the BMW name but Ferrari engine etc…

  14. This car looks mean!! Hopefully its got the pace, would be a pity if Koby doesn’t get a pacy car under him this season.

    I like the rims, it looks so different from what we see these days, looks very retro!

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if this car has a complete different livery come Bahrain. They dont have sponsors as such just now, so I guess their colour scheme will be dictated by who eventually takes up the liveries.

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