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)

  1. The car looks okay, maybe because the shark fin is white and the background in these pictures is white but for me the shark fin doesnít look as bad as on some of the other cars. But I still donít like the side pod aero pieces where they have mounted the mirrors, if I could ban one piece of aero on the grounds of looks I think it would be those rather than the shark fin.

  2. I quite like their launch video available in their website.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2010, 9:28

    The front nose looks very R29.

    • varun said on 9th February 2010, 9:31

      And that really really scares me.. Worries me rather..

    • Keith Can you upload the pics of Diffuser?

    • maciek said on 9th February 2010, 9:54

      Have to disagree, R29 nose was a lot stubbier/bulkier.

      At first sight I didn’t think much of the car, but on closer inspection there’s a lot of interesting detailing on there – especially underneath the front section in the “snow-plough” zone.

      • MarkC said on 9th February 2010, 11:53

        Agree. To me it looks like they’ve spent a fair chunk of change under that nose, feeding the floor and sides inside and outside the bargeboard / sidepods.
        Another team with downward pointing brake ducts.

    • It really doesn’t look like the R29. If I’d worked on the FI nose I’d be very offended. It looks much more similar to the VJM02 nose. It’s much sleeker and less cumbersome than the R29, it’s hard not to be.

      You won’t see a nose like the R29s this year because it restricts air flow to the diffuser.

  4. Nok1z said on 9th February 2010, 9:28

    wow… the car looks great.

  5. Keith, can you do the usual comparison. VJM02 vs VJM03.

    Do you have pics of the diffuser?

  6. Meander said on 9th February 2010, 9:57

    For some reason this car still looks like a low downforce runner to me. Hope it’s less of a niche car than last year’s though.

  7. Satish said on 9th February 2010, 9:59

    LOL at crash happy Sutil in the second pic

  8. Robert McKay said on 9th February 2010, 10:12

    Interesting that Mark Smith has said they are planning to go back and put the adjustable front wing flaps on the car, which they stopped bothering with during last season, since they think there may be more scope for using them this year.

    • TheGreatCornholio said on 9th February 2010, 10:37

      Hopefully thats an indication that this years car will be able to make better use over a wider range of tracks! Hope so, really like these guys. Used to love Minardi who were always underdogs but knew how to have fun! Was totally gutted when Kimi got past Fisi at Spa last year, i even swore in front of my little boy! Whoops.

      • Probably more an indication that being able to adjust the front wing during the race will be more useful to adapt to changing fuel loads.

    • BasCB said on 9th February 2010, 12:38

      Do de front wing flaps enable the driver to adapt better to changing fuel loads?

      That would be a good reason to get good at using them.

  9. Personally I like it.

  10. Initial feeling is it looks like a mish mash of last years Renault (nose) with last years Brawn front wing and Red Bulls 2008 side pods (front view)

  11. prudhwi said on 9th February 2010, 10:47

    Inimitable !!!!!

  12. graigchq said on 9th February 2010, 11:01

    I’m a general F1 fan rather than a follower of any one team, obviously being british, i cheered button on to the end last year, and thought it was a deserved victory, but aside from that, i’m rather a sucker for the underdog-coming-good. In that respect, i wish Vijay, Sutil and Liuzzi all the best this year, they work hard, settle for what points they can get, and i truly hope that they show the “new” guys how a small low-budget team should be run… go for points, hold your own, don’t be upset with low qualifying positions, and unlike Ferrari, just because they’re not winning, don’t just give up to concentrate on next year’s car.

    Go Force India, i predict their first F1 win this year, and really hope that it happens for them, there isn’t a more deserving group of people in the paddock in my opinion!!

    And what a fantastic looking car by the way!!

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2010, 11:23

    Some comments have been deleted. Trolling and insulting other commenters is not allowed: F1Fanatic Comment Policy

    • Calum said on 9th February 2010, 15:50

      What does trolling mean, keith?

      • “Trolling is the act of purposefully antagonizing other people on the internet, generally on message boards”

        All though there can be a fine line between trolling and playing devil’s advocate or being someone who generally holds contrary opinions. More uptight internet communities often consider people who express views outside their own to be trolls no matter how logical or reasonable the view is.

  14. it looks clean

  15. BasCB said on 9th February 2010, 11:50

    I think Fore India did a good job with their means.

    They now have an OK technical team, engineering support from one of the best teams in F1, probably the Benchmark engine.
    The car looks an improved version of last years car. As last years car was not to bad, showing real good on fast tracks, this is a good sign.
    The livery is a little bit nicer, with simpler lines.

    Yes i like it, hope the new teams will all be at this level or better in a year or 2.

  16. Thanks Keith for bringing some sanity here. I am not used to pple insulting others on this forum, that is why iam always here for good info.

    Good work mate! Keep it up!!

  17. Damon said on 9th February 2010, 12:02

    Farce India and Renault are the only new cars so far that aren’t last year’s RB clones.

    It’s quite surprising that even though Brawn was the winning car last year, nobody has decided to base their new aerodynamical design on last year’s Brawn.
    Usually the field was split in two main directions as far as the approach in building the chassis.

    This year the engineers have almost unanimously declared Adrian Newey’s last year’s Red Bull as having the superior solutions.
    That’s quite inmpressive I must say.

  18. My God! The same colours and the same design of 2009 car! Criativity is low there…

  19. Looks good. Let’s hope they can improve on last year’s performance.

  20. Does anyone know why there is a small wing only on one side of the airbox?

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