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

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132 comments on Force India launch VJM03 (Pictures)

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  1. Baboo Sudra said on 15th March 2010, 10:27

    the car is good..but the driver should keep their head.i would prefer karun chandock to be in a indian team..when is maliya going to learn this ..he has engine german ok car driver another shouk=ld be indian.what do you say….

  2. pritesh said on 16th March 2010, 19:38

    I love VJMO3.
    The sound is awesome.

  3. pritesh said on 16th March 2010, 19:41

    Happy with 2 points………..
    next race with 25 point …………..?///

  4. pritesh said on 16th March 2010, 19:44

    I hope in, 2011 …………the last race in india.”’

  5. Baboo Sudra said on 30th June 2010, 11:11

    when will force india boss vjm give atleast one fee bottle of kingfisher to the loyal fans…..now that they have started scoring points…i bet adrian get his free share of beer evrytime he completes the race..what do you say fans..regards and all the best..fi

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