Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared

Force India say their VJM03 is a development of last year’s car. They hope will be just as strong on high- and medium-downforce tracks as the VJM02 was on low-downforce circuits.

Have a look at how the two cars compare with these side-by-side comparisons.

Front

Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared (click to enlarge)

Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared (click to enlarge)

The above image is scaled approximately and the angles are slightly different, so beware of using it to draw any conclusions about differences in dimensions.

But it shows up some of the key differences between the VJM03 and its predecessor very clearly, particularly the wider, R29-style nose on the new car and the much smaller sidepod apertures.

The more sophisticated front wing is similar to the version introduced in the second half of last year by the team, which contributed to their step forward in pace at tracks like Spa and Monza.

Side

Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared (click to enlarge)

Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared (click to enlarge)

In the above image the picture of last year’s car has been flipped for ease of comparison. The images have been scaled so the rear tyre diameters match.

As with most of the other 2010 cars, it’s clear to see the increase in wheelbase length. What we also see on the VJM03 is much simpler sidepods and a McLaren-style undercut air intake plus a ‘shark fin’.

Have a look at Craig Scarborough’s post for more on the VJM03.

Force India VJM03 launch

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37 comments on Force India VJM03 and VJM02 compared

  1. Salut Gilles said on 9th February 2010, 14:20

    It looks like a Renault nose in the side view, but that’s only because the tip of the nose is the same colour as the photo’s background.

  2. I have to agree with the other posters, I do really like the this year/last year car comparison feature.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Ab Baby said on 9th February 2010, 15:43

    Indeed looks a gr8 car…they hv done a wndrful job…m sure they’ll consistently finish in points this season…

    even if they dont…they hv my full backing..coz d team has “INDIA” in its name…
    gO iNdIa gO…!!!

  4. Tiomkin said on 9th February 2010, 17:03

    Stunning work Keith, do you plan on doing similar piccys of all the teams cars?

  5. Hey Keith;
    the differences are indescriptible, not change much…

    congratulations for the exellent blog, very good!
    i will comment in the nexts posts too…

    if you want, visit my blog:

    http://theformula1-blog.blogspot.com/

    thanks and bye!

    Tomás from Brazil

  6. James said on 9th February 2010, 23:06

    Hmmm, I wonder if Force India have got something here. They’ve focused a lot of attention on the front end of the car, as much of the rear end is taken care of by Mclaren and Mercedes. An outside bet for a race win this year…?

  7. wasiF1 said on 10th February 2010, 2:19

    “What we also see on the VJM03 is much simpler sidepods and a McLaren-style undercut air intake plus a ’shark fin’”

    If I am not wrong Force India has a technical deal with Mclaren Mercedes.

  8. What I like to see is the rear sitting a bit higher in readiness for the extra 100 or so kilos of fuel

  9. The cars front chassis dosent look attractive/competitive as the mercedes mgp or the mclaren one. I think theoy should have a sukhoi fighter type curved front nose adapted for f1.

  10. G-force said on 10th February 2010, 14:32

    VJM03 is much more stable than its predeccesor,lot of work has been done o the evolution of the car in respect of the front wing design and the rear .It also has a deal with TCS in fluid dyamics ,so it has an edge over the previous car design.The sidepods are much simpler and straight forward ,the technical partership with Mclaren Mercedes has immensly helped in the development of the Car,Hope to see it regularly in podiums.

  11. onks rs said on 13th February 2010, 5:53

    the 2010 car is very cool in design …new shark fin…much similar to mclaren …so a grt opportunity for force india to score pts this year…

  12. I like it and I hope they can deliver…

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