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. Xenon2 (@xenon2) said on 28th January 2011, 13:42

    It looks quite conservative: are Ferrari thinking about straight line speed?

  2. Younger Hamilton said on 28th January 2011, 13:50

    The Car looks very good(not Aerodynamic and Performance Wise) and the livery looks interesting as well building on from my previous statement

  3. I think this car will be dead fast with the Pirellis this season.

  4. renzo said on 28th January 2011, 13:59

    a bit of Red Bull here, a bit of Mclaren there, and here it is: the F150

    Anyway the high nose and the front suspension give me the idea of an aggressive design.
    Can’t wait to see the others contenders!

  5. I AM LOVING THE PIRELLI TYRES! oldschool yellow letters like the goodyears :D

    • Benson Mutton (@) said on 28th January 2011, 14:35

      As i understand it, the tyres will have different colours depending on the compound.

      “The super-soft will reportedly be red, the soft will be white, the medium blue and the hard yellow. Sidewall lettering on the full wet tyre will be yellow and on the intermediates red”

  6. Gridlock said on 28th January 2011, 14:37

    So that high nose suggests what? Large airflow needed under the car? Massive front wing cOming soon? Very very interesting. Did Ferrari launch the f60 with the previous years’ front wing?

    And why is the third air intake referred to as ‘dynamic’?

    By the way all Marlboro cigarette packs are moving towards a side-opening triangular lid. Can’t think why that popped into my head…

    Glad to see the back of the connected sharkfins, the f60 looked like a pod racer or a mutant d type.

  7. Rob Wilson said on 28th January 2011, 14:53

    My first impression was that it looks like a beefed up bulkier version of the F10 with a big nose and a big logo. I guess the side pods are chunkier to accomadate for KERS? But yeah it’s not radically different, i don’t know what i was expecting to be honest but this seems like an anti-climax..

  8. Gridlock said on 28th January 2011, 15:27

    I was expecting an ashtray.

  9. hakan said on 28th January 2011, 15:27

    where are the exhaust outlets? that makes me remember blown difuser or something interesting as that ? anyone having an idea?

  10. polishboy808 said on 28th January 2011, 16:05

    It looks as though the F10 and the F60 had a baby, and then beat it continuosly on the nose and sidepods with an ugly stick.

  11. Avril F1 said on 28th January 2011, 16:52

    Hi. I allays wondered what does this E and N letters in white circles mean?
    Here I marked them

  12. Electrolite said on 28th January 2011, 17:27

    I don’t believe it’s as pretty as last years – I think the high, more upper-pointing nose upsets it’s poise a bit. But hey, we’ve got to wait for the new wings and other parts so we’ll see.

  13. Bigbadderboom said on 28th January 2011, 17:41

    Don’t like it. Think it may look dated when the others are launched. Design lacks innovation and inspiration. Feel a little deflated, thought that the first car launched this year would be revolutionary. I suppose Mclaren and Red Bull will have to accept that plagiarization is the biggest form of compliment!!!!

  14. sumedh said on 28th January 2011, 17:51

    Is Fernando trying to look like Johnny Depp?

  15. DirkWar said on 28th January 2011, 18:22

    Well.. If the nose was low it would be better.
    If they can be bothered to put their racing number on the side as well as the nose it would be better..More like a RACING car than a corporate showcase..
    If they drop the Marlboro subliminal it would be better..
    If they put legal wheels on it etc etc. Otherwise I love it!

  16. LoneFanMX said on 28th January 2011, 18:33

    I don’t know if anybody has noticed that the rear push rod suspension is attached deeper (forward) underneath the engine cover. I guess that’s the way they reduced the aerodynamic profile in the rear section of the car and allowed space for the exhaust system and diffuser. (exhaust blown diffuser) any comment?

  17. Sangeen Khan said on 28th January 2011, 18:40

    In order to save weight,Ferrari decided to use the extreme approach to not building the rear end at all..

  18. Cole (@cole) said on 28th January 2011, 19:46

    Keith, there’s not anymore the need to have a hole to pass the lifting sling thru? I see nowhere you can securely do it.

  19. nakos said on 28th January 2011, 20:10

    Ugliest car ever? Looks like an anteater. Ridiculous

  20. Scottie (@scottie) said on 28th January 2011, 20:53

    Am I the only one that think the holes just a little above the existing front suspension mounts are a little weird?

    I mean, they’re all about 2-3 inches DIRECTLY above the existing front suspension elements. there’s something yet to be seen for the front suspension in Valencia.

    beyond that, it’s a prety standard launch car, still looks great in my eyes despite all the ugly calls for the front nose! I want to see it on track!

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