First look at Ferrari’s adjustable rear wing

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Felipe Massa continued Ferrari’s filming activities with their new F150 at Fiorano today.

Pictures of the car in action show the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing in its open and closed states.

These comparison pictures show the wing in its normal state (left) and opened (right).

Although the angles the pictures were taken at are not consistent the gap between the upper and lower plans when the wing is activated is clearly visible:

Ferrari F150 adjustable rear wing

Ferrari F150 adjustable rear wing

Ferrari F150 adjustable rear wing

Ferrari F150 adjustable rear wing

Drivers will be allowed to use their adjustable rear wings when they’re within one second of another car during races in 2011. Teams are able to use the wings whenever they want during testing.

You can see high-resolution versions of these pictures below.

Felipe Massa drives the Ferrari F150 – pictures

Felipe Massa drives the Ferrari F150 – video

F1 Fanatic previously analysed how often drivers would have been able to use the adjustable rear wings has they been allowed in 2010.

The Ferrari drivers could have used them most, and in total over 3,500 uses would have been possible by F1 drivers in 2010.

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90 comments on First look at Ferrari’s adjustable rear wing

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 29th January 2011, 21:26

    I wasn’t too keen on the F150 when I saw all the pictures form the launch, but in some of these photos it looks great, at least from some angles. The fourth one in particular shows the change since the F10 as well.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th January 2011, 21:56

    I find in this photo the F150 looks similar to the F310B in this photo.

    • We Want Turbos said on 29th January 2011, 23:01

      I suppose a little, but it doesn’t have that blue and White thing sticking out of the front!!

  3. HounslowBusGarage said on 29th January 2011, 22:05

    I’m a bit confused.
    When I first read about this variable rear wing idea, I thought that all the designs would be the same, with elements of X mm by Y mm able to move through an angle of Z degrees, etc.
    But now I am beginning to wonder if there is going to be more variation (and therefore nett effect) than I expected.
    Can anyone post or direct me to the actual FIA regulations so that we can all appreciate the degree of lattitude (pun, geddit?) available.

  4. LoneFanMX said on 30th January 2011, 0:07

    As I commented in the ferrari 2010-2011 comparison post, I think the most important development in this racer is the placement of the rear dampers. If all goes well for farrari the new suspension setup will be as successful or even more so than Newey’s pull-rod-slim-rear-ended beauty of a car. This breakthrough paired with the higher nose will make Ferrari a fearful contender in 2011.
    http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/ferrari-f150-takes-to-the-track/

  5. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 30th January 2011, 1:40

    ” Drivers will be allowed to use their adjustable rear wings when they’re within one second of another car during races in 2011. Teams are able to use the wings whenever they want during testing.”

    What about qualifying? Will they be allowed to use it back then especially in places like Monza & Spa were speed is a good factor.

  6. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 30th January 2011, 2:17

    Anyone noticed how much the nose dips in the middle? The cockpit end, not the front end.

  7. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 30th January 2011, 10:10

    Can anyone confirm for me that these wings cannot be used in qualifying, therefore lap times towards the end of the race could be faster than qualifying times?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th January 2011, 10:29

      Haven’t got the regulations to hand at the moment but I thought they could be used in qualifying.

      • DeadManWoking (@deadmanwoking) said on 30th January 2011, 10:41

        Right Keith, thet are free to use them at any time in Practice and Qualy:

        3.18.2 The adjustable bodywork may be activated by the driver at any time prior to the start of the race and, for the sole purpose of improving overtaking opportunities during the race, after the driver has completed a minimum of two laps after the race start or following a safety car period.
        The driver may only activate the adjustable bodywork in the race when he has been notified via the control electronics (see Article 8.2) that it is enabled. It will only be enabled if the driver is less than one second behind another at any of the pre-determined positions around each circuit. The system will be disabled by the control electronics the first time the driver uses the brakes after he has activated the system.
        The FIA may, after consulting all competitors, adjust the above time proximity in order to ensure the stated
        purpose of the adjustable bodywork is met.

  8. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 30th January 2011, 10:59

    Thanks guys, let’s see who was the best working wing!

  9. Bullfrog said on 30th January 2011, 12:45

    They could make it show up better by painting the lower plane red under the adjustable part, so the bottom half appears red with the wing up and white with it down.

    Will they be testing the one-second-gap sensors in Valencia this week? Should mean more overtaking than the average test if they do.

  10. LeRoy said on 30th January 2011, 13:39

    Potentially exciting stuff! Hopefully it will have more of an impact than the moveable front wing. Thanks for the photos Keith!

  11. taddy (@taddy) said on 30th January 2011, 14:24

    Hmm sorry seems like my previous comment is still on ” Your comment is awaiting moderation. ” Weird. Anyways, theres a picture of new mercedes W02. :)

  12. F1_Dave said on 30th January 2011, 17:18

    i have heard from an italian friend who been a tifosi was at the track trying to get a good shot of the car that the radio chatter indicated the adjustable rear wing gave alonso a 17kph speed boost when it was tested on the longest straght. they also ran kers which gave a 12kph boost.

    they got alonso to run adjustable rear wing and kers together and got a 31kph boost.

    if those figures are accurate then the racing this year is going to be extremely dull. as soon as anyone gets within ‘the zone’ on a strgaht there going to make the pass easily in a straght line and that sort of passing is not exciting or intresting to me.

    i want to see some good, close, exciting racing and not a ton of easy passes caused by that sort of speed boost. may as well watch nascar or indycar oval races where there is a hundred meaningless and dull passes each race.

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