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. three4three said on 9th February 2010, 12:44

    Looks good, not a lot to add really, except the snowplough area seems well developed. Oh and FI I think is the only car on which the green ‘eco’ striped tyres look good! Anyone know what the zigzag where the mirrors used to be is for (on fourth studio shot from above)?
    And I’m loving Liuzzi’s helmet, class!

  2. Macca said on 9th February 2010, 13:21

    Liuzzi’s helmet looks the awesome.

  3. It looks like Force India have taken a similar approach to the diffuser that Red Bull did last year. However, as Red Bull lowered and flattened the rear of the car over the diffuser in order to create a path of air to pull air out of the diffuser, it looks like Force India have raised the diffuser exit and then narrowed the rear of car towards this raised center section of the diffuser.

  4. Jacob said on 9th February 2010, 17:21

    dunno, where to write this as there is no forum, here is a pic of the new lotus 2010 car

  5. doncakes said on 9th February 2010, 17:34

    Force India is official. We will see if they can improve on last years podium.

    I cant wait to see the Red Bull and USF1 cars!

  6. Gusto said on 9th February 2010, 18:07

    Have you noticed where the mirrors are attached?, they will be as good as useless.

  7. Gusto said on 9th February 2010, 18:30

    I meant to ask this ages ago, were do you think the wing settings we see on the presentation cars would be used, its defo not Monza but not quite Monaco?

  8. Harvs said on 9th February 2010, 21:33

    really good looking car! big improvement from last years car!

  9. Etienne Peters said on 9th February 2010, 21:41


  10. Prisoner Monnkeys said on 9th February 2010, 23:09

    Meh. Nothing super-exciting – though I do like Luizzi’s new helmet design.

  11. We have mini mart’s called 7-11 in the States here that use those colors… They are both ugly and don’t make sense (7-11 is open 24 hours a day …since forever).

    Additionally, the more white a car has the uglier it is. Orange and Green balanced? ugh. Make one color more predominate for crying out loud!

  12. wasiF1 said on 10th February 2010, 2:21

    It will be interesting to see how Force India (Kingfisher Airlines)performs relative to Lotus (Air-Asia) & Virgin (Virgin Airlines)

  13. Vikas said on 10th February 2010, 6:36

    remember Mr mallya is a billionaire

  14. looks awesome. Go India.

  15. Nice article, i am seeing here different commands also thanks for sharing. happens all the time

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  16. Great detail on the front wing…

  17. Baboo Sudra said on 4th March 2010, 19:28

    very good looking car..differs from other and ofcource carrries national flag of india..yes this is the car. thats it. i hope adrian have a kingfisher ..ha. ha..

  18. manjunath prasad said on 14th March 2010, 4:51

    good luck for f-1 VJM03.

  19. manjunath prasad said on 14th March 2010, 4:55

    vijay malya is the one and only man that helps to indian sports.hats of to vijay malya.common india dikhado.

    • Baboo Sudra said on 16th March 2010, 20:03

      what about indian driver..malliya is not helping indian drivers or sport…even burnie told him…get rid of italian and get indian mr,malliya…

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