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

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132 comments on Force India launch VJM03 (Pictures)

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

    wow… the car looks great.

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

    Do you have pics of the diffuser?

  11. 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.

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

    LOL at crash happy Sutil in the second pic

  13. 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.

  14. Personally I like it.

  15. 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)

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