Virgin VR-01′s track debut (Pictures)

Lucas di Grassi sampled the Virgin VR-01 on Friday

Lucas di Grassi sampled the Virgin VR-01 on Friday

Virgin Racing have run their VR-01 for the first time at Silverstone.

See below for pictures of Timo Glock driving the car around the Stowe circuit.

Update: Pictures of Lucas di Grassi’s Friday test in the VR-01 added.

It’s the first chance for the team to see if their VR-01, designed without wind tunnel testing, behaves the same way in real life that computer simulations predicted.

The team will conduct a longer test tomorrow with Lucas di Grassi getting his first taste of the car.

After that they will join the other teams for the second group test at Jerez on Wednesday.

Meanwhile there are rumours Portugal’s Alvaro Parente will lose his place as the team’s third driver after a sponsorship deal fell through. That would leave Luiz Razia as the team’s sole reserve driver.

See more pictures of the Virgin VR-01: Virgin Racing VR-01 launch pictures

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69 comments on Virgin VR-01′s track debut (Pictures)

  1. sw6569 said on 4th February 2010, 22:50

    i’m surprised they are still using that simple front wing – i thought it was just for show!

    • his_majesty said on 4th February 2010, 23:08

      It may be, they aren’t racing yet. They say the car does exactly the same thing on the computer. They may be holding cards close to their chest.

      • Scribe said on 4th February 2010, 23:17

        also this was a shakedown more than a proper test.

        Funny thing about these shakedowns it always bloody rains, or snows if your Ferrari.

        • And it was on the Silverstone Stow circuit, which is short and twisty even in a Formula Ford car, let alone an F1 car.

  2. bwells said on 4th February 2010, 22:52

    The livery does look pretty cool… I wonder if they’ll post any times… The car seems to change color a lot… looks red in some pics and orange in others… and in this twitpic the design on the front wing looks different all together…
    I hope they do well… :)

    http://twitpic.com/11cdp8

    • John H said on 4th February 2010, 23:23

      Looks like the same front wing?

      Perhaps the large area creates quite a lot of downforce (like a reversed aerofoil) but I’ll be surprised if they don’t have a complex jumble at Jerez like everyone else.

      • Scribe said on 4th February 2010, 23:29

        Presumably it does create a lot of downforce but that’ll come hand in hand with an awful lot of drag, the thing about formula one is putting any kind of scoop or angled carbon fibe on your car will give you downforce. Anyone can keep a car on the floor it’s doing it efficiently that make an aerodynamisist.

        Also uncomplicated downforce mechanisms tend to unhelpful while cornering due to messy airflow. If your front wing is creating turbulence what the hell is the back of your car going to do.

        This was the reason the MP4 24 had such problems, turbulent airflow underneath the car. You want nice clean laminar flow with your downforce, which is why it all looks so complex, to keep the air clean.

        • RandomChimp said on 5th February 2010, 9:53

          As far as I’m aware, there probably isn’t much, if any aero data to be had from these demonstration runs. So why show off the pretty little fiddly bits that everyone can see and learn from when you could use an up-turned Cessna wing (mildly metaphorically speaking) which gives 90% of the same result.

        • Praveen Titus said on 6th February 2010, 9:05

          That was very informative, thanks.

      • bwells said on 5th February 2010, 0:35

        sorry I meant the color of the design on the front wing… it’s yellow with red outline.. :)

    • explosiva said on 5th February 2010, 0:54

      Agreed. Livery looks awesome!

    • I agree in some pictures the livery seems to be orange and others it seems to be red, the same thing happens with the McLaren livery.

      I believe this maybe because on TV the colours appear darker so they have to use a brighter shade of red to get the colour they want on TV, which was why when Jaguar had their short spell in F1 they didn’t use classic British Racing Green but a lighter shade.

      Personally I prefer both the McLaren and Virgin liveries when they appear red rather than orange.

      • ajokay said on 5th February 2010, 10:03

        I love it, it all looks so deliciously 90′s.

      • Daffid said on 5th February 2010, 18:14

        Also it depends on your monitor, depends on your browser, depends on your operating system, depends on the model of camera used, depends if the photographer calibrated his camera (probably not, sports don’t usually bother), depends on the light on the day and how that relates to the camera settings… etc.

        I lost a month of my life to colour management… and became an ardent fan of black and white photography ever since ;p

  3. Untitled258 said on 4th February 2010, 22:52

    So glock gets the first go in the virgin.

    Ohh so many bad jokes to come.

  4. If the car drives aswell as it looks then the big boys better watch out!
    Will be interesting to see how the car behaves in reality compared to the computer projection. Well done to the virgin boys for getting it together and running a car so quickly.

  5. Jason said on 4th February 2010, 22:55

    The livery is one of my favorites. Macca’s has been good looking for the last number of years, but this really pops out.

    • Scribe said on 4th February 2010, 23:24

      definately my favourite livery so far. I Love the trible patterns.

      Coperate sponsership doesn’t make your cars sole purpose in life the mindless hocking of goods to your zombie captive market. Make your car look a racer for goodness sake, make your nose into a snake, put patterns on your wings and let people know theres 750 rampant horses under that engine cover!

  6. graigchq said on 4th February 2010, 22:56

    good to see at least one of the new teams up and running… any timings for these runs yet? how close to reasonable silverstone laptimes are they getting?

    (yes yes i know that testing times are not in themselves representative, but if they’re within a couple of seconds of the slowest last year, then at least we know they’re on the right track)

    • ajokay said on 5th February 2010, 9:59

      They’re running on the Stowe Circuit, which is also currently in the middle of being renovated, so I doubt any lap times will be released, and if they are, they’ll be near-enough meaningless. I know Brawn did their shakedown on the Stowe Circuit last year, but there were never any lap times released, and they might be running on a different version of the circuit due to the building work.

      • Plus the whole purpose of a shakedown test is to identify and resolve any major problems ahead of the three day test next week, not to go for lap times.

        Hence “shakedown” – you shake the car and see if anything falls off!

        The test is intended to make sure everything works properly when under load, e.g. gearbox, electronics, hydraulics, cooling and other systems, plus getting Glock comfortable in the car and familiar with the various control systems. The last thing Virgin needs is lose track time next week to typical new car problems.

  7. bwells said on 4th February 2010, 22:57

    PS… thanks for getting teh site back up Keith… I was starting to shake… ;)

  8. The front wing endplates are very, very “plain” if that’s the right word. They were a big thing last year along with the diffuser.

    But at least they have a car, unlike USF1 & Campos.

    I hope they do well. The car looks brilliant.

    • They’re not too “plain” and without any track time there’s no point over complicating things.

      They’ve got small holes on the inner side of each endplate like the Mcclaren started using late on, and the endplate side bit is more than one piece. This makes it more complicated than what all the teams last year started with.

    • Scribe said on 4th February 2010, 23:20

      The plain bit is the simplistic wing elements.

      Flat bit followed by an up bit. huh, doesn;t set the world alight.

      If they haven’t at least developed cascades by Bahrain imma be a bit nervous.

      • Sweet lookin car though, it has to be said.

        Though I fear it may be nearer to the back of the grid than the front.

        And I base that on absolutely nothing. :P

    • USF1 has a car…we are testing it in the USA

      • HounslowBusGarage said on 5th February 2010, 8:50

        “We”?
        Does that mean that you are something to do with the team, DJ?

        • Kevin said on 5th February 2010, 15:13

          Yes DJ, I would like to know aswell. And as far as I know the only track testing allowed are the official tests in Europe, like at Valencia, Jerez and Catalunya.

          • HounslowBusGarage said on 5th February 2010, 15:38

            Actually Kevin, US-F1 were given special dispensation to test at Barber Motorsports Park. But I’d still like to know if DJ is a team-member or just a dedicated fan.

    • Maciek said on 5th February 2010, 9:10

      I wish people would stop dumping on USF1 for no reason – they certainly seem to have their act together.

      Last time I looked, RedBull didn’t have a car yet either.

      • paxter said on 5th February 2010, 9:30

        I second that. every one is so critical of usf1 in europe…

        funny how F1 wants to break to the US market but they tend to do the opposite…

      • Robert McKay said on 8th February 2010, 14:36

        Not to go slagging off USF1…but we already know that Red Bull had a 2009 car, i.e. we know that they have the infrastructure and the means as they’ve done it before.

        Starting from scratch as USF1 are, in a short space of time, it’s not really a simple comparison.

        For what it’s worth I think USF1 wil make it, definitely more likely than Campos, but at the moment it’s hard to argue that they’ve LOOKED as likely to be there when you compare to Virgin.

  9. Wesley said on 4th February 2010, 23:02

    Best looking body style by far IMO.I can’t stand the shark fins on the other cars.Now lets see if the CFD design can hold up against the tried and true method of wind tunnel testing.If so,we have entered a new era of racing.

  10. Its Hammer Time said on 4th February 2010, 23:23

    That is one beautiful Virgin :-)

    • NickO said on 5th February 2010, 16:10

      Cut the “virgin” quips guys.

      It’s puerile and childish and lowers the tone of an otherwise above-par forum.

  11. Pedro Andrade said on 4th February 2010, 23:56

    Keith, Álvaro Parente has lost his contract with Virgin. The problem seems to lie with the Portuguese Tourism Institute, which was sponsoring his position as a test driver, but backed down some time between the team presentation and the car presentation. There are some news about it in the Portuguese newspapers, if you want tomorrow I can translate some of the relevant parts.

  12. Prisoner Monkeys said on 4th February 2010, 23:58

    She’s looking good.

    Anybody else think that the VR-01 livery is the first legitimate challenger to the JPS Lotus black and gold design for the award of Best Livery?

  13. the car looks great, like the livery, good luck to them.

  14. Aleksandar Serbia said on 5th February 2010, 1:15

    Best looking paint in f1, not chassis, nose is hideous!!!

  15. Virgin Yamaha Superbikes of a few years ago had a similar livery.

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