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?s 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?s 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

  1. Double-K said on 28th January 2011, 9:54

    it’s True that the F150 looks a bit like the F10…BUT you can notice the new nose a bit high and all the car looks a bit high, i guess there are hidden stuff concerning the weight, like kers system (40 kgs — not sure about that) and the fuel, things that will bring the car a little bit close to the track..
    Anyway don’t forget that they will still be developing the car along the season…we wil have a nice Championship again this year.

  2. sumedh said on 28th January 2011, 9:54

    The nose is even higher!! And here I was thinking last year’s noses were high enough.

    Finally Ferrari’s sidepods are sculpted below like Mclaren’s and Brawn’s. Their air-box over the driver’s head seems to be half-way between the conventional intake and what Mercedez used last year. I had thought more teams would go for the Mercedez design as that would increase efficiency of the rear-wing (which is even more important this year).

  3. Boost (@boost) said on 28th January 2011, 9:55

    How about the banning of aerodynamic wheel rims; wasn´t all rims supposed to look the same? Front rims look aerodynamical but I guess Ferrari just show the car with last years rims…?
    *Off to check 2011 tech. rgulations*

  4. Shimks said on 28th January 2011, 9:55

    Thanks for these, Keith.

    I haven’t read the other comments, so forgive me if I am repeating, but that logo on the side of the car is very obviously the top right-hand corner of a packet of Marlboro cigarettes.

    This is really disgusting and shouldn’t be allowed.

  5. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 28th January 2011, 9:56

    I see different shape of nose, sidepods and air intake, though these are not radical changes.

  6. Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 9:58

    Horrible looking car. Total flop show by LDM & his translator. Epic fail.

    • It’s not made to be good looking, it’s made to be fast.

      • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 10:05

        Good looking cars are fast,like the F2008 or even the fw14b or the mp4/4.

        Ferrari has duped me by showing last years car.

        • “Good looking cars are fast”
          Not neccesarely, the McLaren MP4-24 was fast in the end of 2009, despite being ugly.

        • Or like the McLaren of previous year. As a Ferrari-fan it was hard to admit, but it was a beautiful car which looked (and was) very fast.

  7. Richard M said on 28th January 2011, 9:59

    Very similar radiator entry design to the Mclaren MP4-25 and the engine cover is a copy from last years Mercedes. From first glance I don’t see any innovation; let’s see what it’s got under the bonnet come Bahrain.

  8. Maniel said on 28th January 2011, 10:00

    I can see that they used the italian flag to cover the lost sponser(Eithad).

  9. Faraz said on 28th January 2011, 10:01

    Prisoner Monkeys and a lot of other people are already making the car look bad just because its not an english team doesn’t mean you start dissing Ferrari at every chance possible.

    • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 10:06

      just because its not an english team

      what rubbish & Pm isn’t even english. Its just a fact thae the F150 is a vile looking piece of trash.

      • Faraz said on 28th January 2011, 10:14

        Yeah you are saying that because you are probably some bias hater. The way people are talking here ooh its copying Mclaren and Mercedes they are not they are developing the car if this was in silver everyone would be ogling over it becuase it would be english.

      • JCF1 (@jcf1) said on 28th January 2011, 22:45

        Last year we “english” said the f10 looked good, so pipe down

    • Stealthman said on 28th January 2011, 10:11

      Oh, quit it with the British Bias claims. People have a right to their opinion.

      • Faraz said on 28th January 2011, 10:16

        Well its everywhere Media, Fans you are probably in there yourself. How come Autosport unveiled Ferrari secrets on thursday?? Because they do not want them to win.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th January 2011, 10:19

          In case you hadn’t noticed, this isn’t Autosport. If you have a problem with them, go complain to them.

        • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 10:29

          Shallow, very shallow Faraz. Insulting the intelligence of all the people that visit this site. Most of which aren’t British.

        • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 10:31

          Autosport unveiled Ferrari secrets on thursday

          Faraz,quit your British hate. Ever heard of Darren Heath? His one photograph let to the FIA banning McLaren’s truly innovative independent braking system, something comparable to KERS. The device was perfectly legal, but a bunch of whingers from maranello went to uncle max to get ‘em banned.

          Darren Heath was BRITISH, his actions almost caused a BRITISH team to lose their champions.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Heath

          Faraz, I politely ask you to drop the British bias thing.

          • Faraz (@faraz) said on 28th January 2011, 13:08

            I do not have a britsh hate ok so everyone please stop bullying me. I express a little defence for Ferrari suddenly I have everyone turning against me and the sites owner is expressing his anger towards me as well Im Scottish and proud just because I like Ferrari
            that doesn’t mean everyone starts on me. I don,t start saying bad stuff about Mclaren or Red Bull when their is a topic on them. I defend Ferrari and everyone starts hating on me.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th January 2011, 17:47

            Faraz – No one has a problem with you being a Ferrari fan, but you did accuse people of criticising them because they’re “not an English team”, which is hardly fair.

            Maybe you’ve not seen some of the recent comments here but there have been a few people complaining about perceived ‘British bias’, it’s got rather tedious and a lot of people are fed up with it (see this forum thread).

        • Have you actually read the Autosport feature which claims to reveal Ferrari secrets?

          It does nothing of the sort, beyond speculating on the gearbox configuration and whether the amount of sidepod undercut will mirror Mclaren’s from 2010. This in a magazine published only 24 hours before the official launch where those features are on view to the world. I doubt Maranello are too worried.

          I’m an Autosport subscriber (for long enough to measure my subscriptions in decades, not years) but this particular “scope” wasn’t exactly the magazine’s finest hour.

      • David McVey said on 28th January 2011, 10:27

        Thoroughly agree! If your’re a Brit and you moan about Ferrari your Biased but if you’re Italian (or a ferrari fan in general for that matter) and you’re bigging up the dirty reds, your just being loyal. I’m proudly British and a staunch Mclaren and Williams Fan in equal measure! Brawn too for that matter. I’m loyal to my teams and my country and if johnny foreigner can’t stomach that it’s just tough!! One rule for them and another for us, just like in football.

        Does anybody else hate the way the Pirelli Logo isn’t curved to flow with the shape of the tyre btw?

        • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 28th January 2011, 10:53

          Yep. From the very first pictures onwards. The pirelli’s I had with my Alfa had a curved logo, so they don’t need to design it from scratch even. It’s already part of their corporate style.

    • TomD11 (@tomd11) said on 28th January 2011, 10:40

      Well they’ve given reasons for why they don’t think it’s a great car, what is it that makes you like it?

      Is it just because it’s a Ferrari or do you actually think it is new and innovative?

      If you do I’d love to hear you’re reasoning

  10. i really like the look of the car, then again i thought last years ferrari looked lovely.

    the italian flag on the underside or the rear wing is a nice touch too. are these the only pictures? the studio ones? i’d like to see the drivers etc standing around it and the whole display.

    i’m sad i know!

  11. Oliver said on 28th January 2011, 10:09

    Finally, a very basic looking diffuser.

    • The Last Pope (@the-last-pope) said on 28th January 2011, 10:17

      Yeah they’ve nicked that off the back of the 2009 F60 ;)

      • DASMAN said on 28th January 2011, 17:34

        Thats cause the rules have been changed for diffusers.

        People who complain this car is a carbon copy of last years car are obviously blind to the fact that the rules are similar to last years = similar looking car. Don’t blame the designers if you don’t like the way it looks, blame the rule makers. Most of the cars this year are going to have similar features to the last years model. It all depends on the teams design philosphy.

        I personally don’t care if it looks like the back end of a doberman, I only care that it bites the opposition!

  12. BBT (@bbt) said on 28th January 2011, 10:15

    I thought last years looked car in general looked basic and slow but I was wrong.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this one flies.

  13. This car doesnt have new parts. this car is a combination of Mercedes GP (back above an engine), Meclaren-Mercedes and Red Bull (nose)whith F10 modification. this car is very ugly!

    • Faraz said on 28th January 2011, 10:18

      Well lets see what happens in Bahrain then people will be laughing.

    • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 10:20

      Tell that to faraz & he’ll blame you of being a biased fanboy of english f1 teams.

      I agree its a horrible looking car. The raised nose made it even uglier.

      • Faraz said on 28th January 2011, 10:24

        No if you don’t like it its fine but no one seems to say anything bad about any english team. Everone is always having a go at Ferrari Media fans everyone and before you start im British myself.

    • geo132 (@geo132) said on 28th January 2011, 10:28

      You are judging its beauty by the components they allegedly stole from other teams? That is very.. unusual!

  14. BBT (@bbt) said on 28th January 2011, 10:18

    Maybe they have gone for a solid base that can be developed.
    Unlike Mclaren last year which was too specialised and not that quick.

    A standardish car is the way to go IMO, unless a specialised car is a second quicker than anything else

    • Richard M said on 28th January 2011, 10:22

      It was pretty nippy in a straight line if i remember. Won five GP and came 2nd in the championship. I hate for you to give comment on HRT ;-)

  15. Richard M said on 28th January 2011, 10:19

    Ooh Ooh! I see a difference! oh hang on…… no maybe not.

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