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

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278 comments on Virgin Racing launch VR-01

  1. ferrari/redbull design i detect

    • TeviotMoose said on 3rd February 2010, 11:56

      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.

  2. Ned Flanders said on 3rd February 2010, 11:42

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

  3. Gerdoner said on 3rd February 2010, 11:43

    Looks good :)

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

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

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

  7. BasCB said on 3rd February 2010, 11:46

    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!)

    • Jarred Walmsley said on 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.

  8. GeeMac said on 3rd February 2010, 11:46

    That looks mega!

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

  10. Dave M said on 3rd February 2010, 11:48

    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.

    • Grace said on 3rd February 2010, 11:56

      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.

    • Ned Flanders said on 3rd February 2010, 11:58

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

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

    Still, that’s a great looking machine.

  12. Heckie said on 3rd February 2010, 11:48

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

  13. Prisoner Monkeys said on 3rd February 2010, 11:49

    Very simplistic front win they’ve got going there.

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

  15. LewisC said on 3rd February 2010, 11:50

    That looks GOOD.

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