Virgin Racing launch VR-01

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Virgin VR-01

Virgin Racing are the first of the new F1 teams to launch their 2010 car.

See below for more pictures and information about the VR-01.

Designer Nick Wirth has created the VR-01 entirely using Computational Fluid Dynamics computer modelling. This is not a new technology for F1 – but relying on it instead of a wind tunnel to create a new car is a novel approach.

Wirth believes CFD is the best way for teams to develop F1 cars under F1’s new resource restrictions:

Today is a very proud day for everyone involved with Virgin Racing, however on this occasion, where the car is the star, I want to pay tribute to all the amazing people at Wirth Research who deserve so much of the credit for the VR-01. Putting together an F1 team, assembling an engineering group and designing a new car from scratch is an epic task in the timeframe we have been working to.

I have been fortunate to have worked with the very best designers in F1 and I am well aware of exactly what it takes to be successful in this sport. When you see what the existing teams have achieved using the conventional but proven design approach, it is unsurprising that there is a great deal of scepticism about our all-CFD approach. But we are competing in a sport that is undergoing significant change having come face to face with today’s harsh economic realities. Under resource restriction, convention will become too costly and necessity really will be the mother of invention. I have absolute belief in the digital design process and the opportunity to put the all-CFD approach to the test at the highest level – to demonstrate that this could be the way for the future of F1 – is very, very exciting.
Nick Wirth

The team, originally named Manor Motorsport, are using Cosworth’s CA2010 V8 engines this year.

Team principal John Booth said:

Not only do we have a great bunch of people at Virgin Racing, we also have a great-looking car. We are delighted with our fantastic new livery which provides a fitting integration of our racing brand with our important commercial partnerships. All in all, we have a lot to look forward to as we progress towards our racing debut in Bahrain next month.
John Booth

He also explained why the car was not ready in time for the test at Valencia this week:

The first stage in our on-track evaluation programme is our two-day shakedown at Silverstone on Thursday and Friday this week, where we will conduct systematic testing and confidence-building of all car parts and on-car systems. It was always intended that we would miss the first all-team test in Valencia this week and very early on we targeted the second Jerez test in two weeks’ time for our public testing debut. It is a testament to our methodical approach and the sheer hard work of the team that we are heading to Spain a week earlier than planned to take part in the first Jerez test next week.
John Booth

Virgin chairman Sir Richard Branson added:

I’m sure we will be measured by how fast the car is on the track in Jerez next week, but I hope that doesn’t overshadow the far bigger achievement of pulling an entire racing team together and taking a brave step that defies convention. In many ways this is an exploration, but given the absolute self-belief we have seen, I can’t help but feel very excited about what we can go on to achieve in the years ahead.

For now though I’m looking forward to seeing the VR-01 on track in testing in the coming weeks as we prepare for Virgin Racing’s very first grand prix.
Richard Branson

Virgin VR-01 pictures

VR-01 dimensions

Length: 5,500mm
Height: 950mm
Width: 1,800mm
Wheelbase: 3,200mm

2010 F1 car launches

Images ?? Virgin Racing

278 comments on “Virgin Racing launch VR-01”

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  1. yay photo!!!!!!!!

    1. Why do the cars keep getting released in the green striped tyres, they looks horrible. Why are the even green anyway?

      …Oh yeah because painting something green suddenly makes it save the planet and environmentally friendly.

  2. Oooooh. Spyker orange!

  3. Prisoner Monkeys
    3rd February 2010, 11:41

    That … is … ridiculous.

    Ridiculously AWESOME, that is!

    1. Now there is a nice looking car shape and livery! That nose I think is my new favourite. The faint background design (is it the Manor rose?) looks very smart.

    2. Agreed. Great looking car, one of the best looking so far.

      1. Nose similar to that of the 2001 Jordan anyone else?

    3. I agree looks absolutely stunning. One of the best cars on the grid.

      That nose is completely different to every thing else. Looks like an Indy Car!

    4. I have to say, it looks very well.
      Good luck to them.

  4. Wow, and there it is! Great work Keith!
    Maybe they have done this on purpose? Great way to get everyone talking about it hey?

  5. Worth the wait, that looks fantastic

  6. ferrari/redbull design i detect

    1. I was thinking more Mercedes – look at the wheels and rear-wing…

      Merc are the only other team (so far) to have that cut-out quadrant at the back of the rear-wing.

  7. So… they’ve just stole the Midland livery from 2006…

  8. Looks good :)

  9. I was hoping for more black than red. But it does look good!

  10. Any shots of the front wing? There seems to be a red pattern I think?

  11. Waited for two hours for these pics..huh

  12. I would like it to have a little less red. Still this car has a great livery and it has at least some sponsors on it (more than Sauber, Renault and Toro Rosso have!)

    1. Jarred Walmsley
      3rd February 2010, 22:06

      Torro Rosso don’t really need any sponsers apart from Red Bull as they would give them most if not all of their budget, plus they have some non livery sponsers i’m sure.

  13. That looks mega!

  14. it looks nice but that front wing looks very bare

  15. Hang on, that’s not a Tyrrell ’97 style single front wing pillar is it? Or maybe just two very close together? I can’t tell from that shot.

    1. I was thinking that. The 025 had it, but it looked a whole lot chunkier than the VR wing. Perhaps the carbon fibre weave is stronger now to support the strain of the whole wing.

      Perhaps different photos will help.

    2. You might be right, but it’s hard to tell. Come on Branson, release some more photos!

  16. Another victim of Bridgestone’s green stripes. *sigh*

    Still, that’s a great looking machine.

  17. nice – nose looks interesting – looks like a single support?

    1. anyone else noticed the Manor GP logo on the nose/wing connector?…

  18. Prisoner Monkeys
    3rd February 2010, 11:49

    Very simplistic front win they’ve got going there.

  19. Stupid question perhaps, have I missed something? Who’s the third driver?

    1. Alvaro Parente and Luiz Razia: 2010 F1 drivers and teams

  20. That looks GOOD.

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