Force India launch VJM03 (Pictures)

Force India VJM03

Force India VJM03

Force India have revealed their 2010 F1 car, the VJM03.

The team say the car is an evolution of last year’s VJM02 – but they expect it to be strong on more than just low-downforce tracks. Here are the first pictures of the VJM03.

The team are using Mercedes engines for the second year in a row. They are one of few teams to being 2010 with the same drivers they ended 2009 with – Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Liuzzi will give the car its first public run during testing at Jerez tomorrow.

The team has also announced Paul di Resta has joined them as a reserve driver and will participate during some Grand Prix weekends on Fridays.

Designer Mark Smith said the new car is an evolution of last year’s VJM02, which scored the team’s first ever points with second place at Spa:

The VJM03 is definitely an evolution of the VJM02 in terms of the design philosophies we have developed at Force India over the last year. We are very happy with the direction, therefore we have opted to evolve the car rather than significantly revise.

Obviously one of the major aspects we have had to contend with are regulation changes which have had a considerable impact on some aspects of the design of the car. The removal of refuelling from races increases the amount of fuel needed to be stored in the cars – almost twice the amount we ran in 2009. There is a compromise now: either make the car much longer or wider, or, as we have done, a combination of both. This of course has influenced the mechanical design solutions and also the aerodynamics, specifically with respects to the diffuser and bodywork.

Even with the ban of double diffusers for 2011, we recognise that we still have to push as much as we possibly can in this area in 2010 as we have targets to meet and the double diffuser is a key development aspect of the car.

The VJM02 was a relatively low drag car that showed well on the low downforce tracks. As was demonstrated throughout 2009, that was a useful attribute but as we go into 2010 we have tried to maintain a high level of aerodynamic efficiency, but we recognise that our championship position will be enhanced by a general level of performance that is suited to all types of circuits. We have, we believe, quite an efficient car overall.
Mark Smith

Read more from the team: Sutil, Liuzzi and Szafnauer interviews

Force India VJM03 launch pictures

Force India VJM03 launch video

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132 comments on Force India launch VJM03 (Pictures)

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  1. typo: it should be VJMO3 in the 1st line

  2. You beat Autosport!

  3. Quite uninspired, I had a my fingers crossed they were going to do something good this year after an impressive run towards the end of 09. Having said that one thing I have come to realise over the years is a car doesn’t need to look fast to be fast.

    • By the end of 2009 the VJM02 was a fairly handy chassis and the Mercedes engine remains the benchmark.

      With that in mind, a logical development of the VJM02 (which is what the VJM03 appears to be) around the larger fuel tank is a sensible solution, especially for a team on a tight budget. The new car looks fairly neat and tidy. Unless Force India have made any major design errors, the VJM03 should keep the team well ahead of STR and the new entrants while allowing them to scrap with Renault, Williams and Sauber for points.

      Sadly, modern F1 regulations are so tightly defined that the days of Colin Chapman/Gordon Murray-style great leaps forward and F1 cars looking radically different from one another are over.

    • John H said on 9th February 2010, 21:42

      Have a closer look. This car has a few nice suprises it seems.

  4. I formally request we ban shark fins.

    • Dingle Dell said on 9th February 2010, 9:08

      I second that! We need all teams’ mutual agreement to ban this fugly shark fin, all freakin’ thanks to Red Bull started this in 2008. Holy cow!

      • MarkC said on 9th February 2010, 11:40

        It’s great advertising space, they’ll be staying me thinks.

      • Bullfrog said on 9th February 2010, 14:15

        No one needs the extra ad space – the teams don’t have enough sponsors to cover the rest of the car!

        And this fin (like the McLaren one) hides the logo on the rear wing. Who are Isher? What does Kingf sell?

    • Alex White said on 9th February 2010, 9:59

      Denied – I think they look awesome!

      I hope Force India do well this season, really love the livery as well. shame 90% of everyone go “OH No – its exactly the same as last years.” -So ? :S it looks good , they dont NEED to change it.. so why change it?

    • Shark Fins look cool. The new McLaren looks hot. No ban on Shark fins.

  5. Vikas said on 9th February 2010, 8:40

    Those are the colours of our national flag geemac :)

    • GeeMac said on 9th February 2010, 8:46

      I know I know. What I meant to say was that the VJM01 had that gold, red and white look which didn’t quite work. So I’m glad they stuck with the VJM02’s orange white and green livery.

      • Calum said on 9th February 2010, 13:02

        I like the fct they have kept it becuause it gives a uniform and offers stability to a grid slot that has had so many names throughout the years. Forece India incarnation has lasted 3 years now , I hope they remain to show they aren’t just making up numbers.

        • Bullfrog said on 9th February 2010, 14:19

          I think the colours look great too, and it doesn’t matter any more that it looks like a Toyota on TV…

  6. varun said on 9th February 2010, 8:42

    I thought those winglets they have near the cockpit were illegal 2009 onwards..

    And their website is surprises there??

  7. ajokay said on 9th February 2010, 8:42

    Looks very simple against what we’ve seen already, much like the Renault. The livery looks good though, another of few that works with the green Bridgestones. I hope they have a decent year this year. I’m sure they can be semi-regular points scorers what with the kitty stretching all the way to 10th now.

    Still think the shark fins and sidepod veins should be banned though, they really ruin the look of the cars.

  8. Deurmat said on 9th February 2010, 8:43

    the nose looks like renault form last year

  9. MikeinBeijing said on 9th February 2010, 8:44

    Looking good!

    I hope they don’t have to wait until Spa to shine.

  10. Hairs said on 9th February 2010, 8:45

    Shark fin looks Veeeeeery like McLaren’s interpretation. Are they using a flat BMW nose? Very conservative design, but we haven’t seen the diffuser yet.

  11. Adrian said on 9th February 2010, 8:46

    I like it… nuff said!!

  12. Vikas said on 9th February 2010, 8:46

    @ varun… appendages are allowed to within a certain radius around the cockpit

    • Dingle Dell said on 9th February 2010, 9:11

      Hope those appendages are banned as well in the coming season. They look ugly and a way to fix outboard mirrors to the cars. I miss inboard mirrors so dearly that now only Renault, McLaren and Mercedes GP have them. Freaking thanks to Ferrari for starting this up.

  13. Looks good!! de nose seems a lot different!!

  14. Car looks good.I love this livery and hope they will score consistently this year.

  15. Looking really good!

  16. GeeMac said on 9th February 2010, 8:54

    Adrian Sutil = Worst helmet design of 2010?

    • Dingle Dell said on 9th February 2010, 9:12

      He has changed his helmet livery when Force India launced the VJM01 with that gold-ish livery. Sad, I prefer his original helmet when he first entered F1.

  17. sumedh said on 9th February 2010, 8:57

    Is it the longest car in the field now?

    From the photos atleast, it looks to be extremely long. Or is it just me?

    It is now the car with most alcoholic brands on it :) :)

    I counted 4, and plenty of small other names. The company’s health seems sound, inspite of those notices being served to them.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2010, 9:08

      Is that Royal Challenge and Signature along with Whyte & Mackay and Kingfisher? Don’t recognise the first two.

      • They are top brand alcohols in India.. also part of UB.. not sure if they are marketed to UK..

      • All are brands owned by Mallya.

      • Oh yes thats Royal Challenge and signature right there… It almost looks like theyre goin to run VJM03 on alcohol this year..

        • Calum said on 9th February 2010, 15:43

          Is there anything in the white & mackay glasgow sponsor and new scottish race ace being with force India this year. I am hoping – being a Scot and all that – hoping I get a chance to cheer for another native. It seems a while since coulthard was on the track, until this happens I’m afraid it’s mclaren all the way!

  18. Partha said on 9th February 2010, 9:00

    This looks like 2009 VJM 02. I cant see the front tires smaller than the rear ones.

  19. Another car quite devoid of sponsors, apart from Mallya’s own companies/brands (Kingfisher, White & Mackay, Signature and Royal Challenge)

  20. Vikas said on 9th February 2010, 9:11

    Keith… whyte and mackay was on the car even last year

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