Ferrari F150 launch – first pictures and video

2011 F1 cars

Ferrari have launched their 2011 F1 car at their base in Maranello.

The car was launched with several 2010 aerodynamic parts visible including the front and rear wings.

The team’s new Scuderia Ferrari logo features prominently on the engine cover.

Ferrari F150 launch pictures

Ferrari F150 launch video

Chief designer Nikolas Tombazis explained some of the key changes and design features on the new car:

This car had to be reviewed hugely due to the new regulations.

The front part is similar to the one from last year but we will introduce some changes during our tests.

As you can see the front part of the chassis has been raised and the suspension, too, we have studied the lower part in order to improve the flow underneath the car which is very important for performance.

And due to the raiding of the frame the driver will be sitting in a higher position and you can see also the engine snorkel is a bit higher in order to have the same performance.

If you look back on the sides you have stronger indentation in the lower part and in the central part you can see that. We have introduced KERS in the area of the fuel tank.

If we go back a little bit more we have different behaviour in terms of the diffuser. We have tried to improve this structure in aerodynamic terms so the diffuser is completely reviewed in the light of the new regulations. It’s lower, it’s far simpler because the regulations are stricter.

And obviously we have this mobile rear flap. This is the first evolution and main target is controlling the operations of it, there will be strong development in that.
Nikolas Tombazis

Ferrari gave further details about the design of the car:

At first glance, the front part of the F150 monocoque appears to be higher than that of the F10. The openings for the side air intakes are reduced in size, while the layout of the dynamic one above the driver?σΤιΌΤδσs head has been modified.

The rear suspension features a new design, while that at the front has been modified, following changes to the front part of the chassis. The exhaust system layout is similar to that adopted for the second half of last season and the cooling system has had to take into account the return of KERS and the new air exit ducts.

The braking system has been completely redesigned in collaboration with Brembo.

As the freeze on engine performance development is still ongoing, there have been no actual modifications to the 056 engine, but that does not mean Ferrari?σΤιΌΤδσs engine specialists have been idle. Work has gone into improving reliability, working especially on the pneumatic front, as well as on reducing costs.

Furthermore, the reintroduction of KERS has led to a substantial change in the architecture of the front end of the engine, with modifications to the drive shaft system of the KERS itself and the crankshaft and this has led to changes to the cooling and lubrication systems.

The kinetic energy recovery system, designed by Ferrari, has been produced in conjunction with MTS and Magneti Marelli and was fine tuned based on experience acquired in 2009, with the aim of reducing its size and weight, while maintaining, in accordance with the regulations, the maximum use-able power and its usage cycle over one lap. This is another area where great attention has been paid to cost reduction, both in terms of its development and the way it is run, so as to make the system equally viable for our customer teams, Sauber and Toro Rosso.

The positioning of the KERS within the fuel cell was a further impetus to look at solutions aimed at reducing fuel consumption: in this area, the contribution from a key partner in the form of Shell was vital and will continue to be so throughout the season.

They confirmed they have not followed the lead of Red Bull by using pull-rod suspension: the F150 retains a push-rod configuration.

The F150 is the first F1 car of 2011 to be revealed.

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213 comments on Ferrari F150 launch – first pictures and video

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  1. Regis said on 28th January 2011, 9:37

    It doesn’t look very different than last years, i hope its fast :) thanx for the picture.

  2. i dont think that rear wing was from 2010 it has even that mechanism to lower it down in the midlle

  3. Nixon (@nixon) said on 28th January 2011, 9:39

    Looks the same except for the new logo.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th January 2011, 9:40

    Keith, there’s been a horrible, horrible mistake! This isn’t the Ferrari F150. This is the Ferrari F10! Are you sure you weren’t at last year’s presentation by mistake?

  5. tomforpresident said on 28th January 2011, 9:40

    the nose is much higher and the sidepods dont rise as much

  6. Is this the only picture??? :\

  7. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th January 2011, 9:43

    Did I hear them correctly when they described Fernando Alonso as “moral champion”?

    First of all, you can only claim to be “moral champion” when the guy who is World Champion actually did something wrong, like, say, deliberately punting his championship rival off the road.

    Secondly, you cannot claim to be “moral champion” after Germany.

    • newnhamlea1 (@newnhamlea1) said on 28th January 2011, 9:48

      you misheard, he was refering to massa in 2008.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th January 2011, 9:54

        Yeah, the translator is a littl bit trance-inducing.

      • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 28th January 2011, 9:57

        Now that is a logical claim. Yes it seems very derivative from last years car, but they always say, “God is in the details.”
        I like the new high nose, LOVE the lack of a sharkfin – I wish they were banned, and yes that is last years front wing, but if you look back at the launch of the F10, it was unveiled with the F60’s front wing. It’s just a coy way for Ferrari to unveil it’s new challenger without fully unveiling it.
        The last Ferrari that struck me as truly innovative aerodynamically was the F2008, but they always manage to come up with a quick car. With the F10 as a base, I am sure the F150 (feels weird to say that for a Texan like me) will be a quick car.

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 20:14

      “Moral Champion” only Ferrari huh? An it what way was Massa morale champion in 08, he lost for goodness sake, no one cheated and he lost.

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 20:15

        I take that back, Alonso cheated, the FIA went out of their way for Massa, thus in my book balancing any effect of Ferrari’s current no1 stealing the championship from ferrari.

  8. matt88 said on 28th January 2011, 9:44

    maybe it’s like the last year’s one… outside, but i hope that the revolution is inside.
    last year, everyone said about new Red Bull:”it’s just last year’s car!!” and no one noticed the blown diffuser.
    Hidden changes are the key for success, i hope it will be the same for Ferrari.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 28th January 2011, 11:29

      I agree. It seems like they kept a lot of the aero design of last year’s car, and the changes are actually hidden. The F10 was really strong towards the end of the year, and I feel that F150 should be amongst the top 2 quickest cars on the grid.

  9. The nose is just horrible! I struggle to se how it will improve the car, it looks so out of place!

  10. Dan Selby said on 28th January 2011, 9:48

    The ‘shark fin’ isn’t banned this year – Connecting it directly to the rear wing is banned, as there’s no real need for it now after ditching the f-duct.

    • tomforpresident said on 28th January 2011, 9:53

      good point, forgot about the people that ran the unattached ones before the f-duct took hold.

  11. Macca (@macca) said on 28th January 2011, 9:50

    Will you be doing split screen comparisons like you did last year Keith.

    It’s really good to get a perspective of the old and the new.

  12. Aris (@aris) said on 28th January 2011, 9:51

    The only difference on the design ar the mirrors and the diffuser. Everything else looks preety much the same.

  13. Toro Stevo (@toro-stevo) said on 28th January 2011, 9:51

    If they’re smart, they’re not going to show any new front wing developments until as late as possible, which might be why this is very similar to last year’s from the front.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 28th January 2011, 11:32

      Especially because there are a lot of top teams launching their cars a little later on, they wouldn’t want to give away any ideas way too soon. I think the last test before the season starts will display the completely ready F150.

  14. robk23 (@robk23) said on 28th January 2011, 9:51

    They’ve photocopied last years car.

  15. David B (@david-b) said on 28th January 2011, 9:52

    Very high nose. Very low and small rear.
    They announced a revolutionary car, may be the secrets are “underware”, doesn’t look that innovative at a first glance.
    Engine cover seems to be “open”. Just my impression or reality?

    • David BR said on 28th January 2011, 14:07

      I know it’s not exactly thrilling, but last year’s car was contending for best on the grid by the end. McLaren’s ‘revolutionary’ design last year seemed more a liability than anything else. Fact is all the teams are still playing catch up with Red Bull and Newey, so do they revolutionize and hope it works out (and the car can adapt to any surprise innovations from other teams) or continue to develop something that’s working. I’d say McLaren need to change radically, Ferrari though needed a very good idea to make any serious changes worth the risk. Adapting smoothly to the new regs and tyres may be the best option, reducing the unknown variables.

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 20:30

        I think McLaren doesn’t need to change to radically rather adapt last years cars with improvements to make it more of an all rounder. What they lost out on last year was smoothly delivered downforce, an ease of set up and development.

        If they continue with an evolution of last years fairly successfull concept they’ll be able to bring there impressive development to bare better, as they did in 08.

    • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 21:03

      I think with these images is hard to tell, but if you check out the split view:

      http://twitpic.com/3u920y/full

      You can see a massive improvement in the overall slipperiness of the car. It’s more tailored, less bulky, more refined. Smaller air intakes, higher nose channelling more air around the outside of the car aiding downforce but increasing the difference in pressure on the underside of the car. Cockpit is slightly higher, perhaps because of KERS. The nose is higher and flatter.

      Obviously it’s still red, which seems to confuse some people. It’s a big improvement on last years car imo, it’s just not as exciting to look at as say a Red Bull, or a McLaren.

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