Virgin MVR-02 launch – first pictures

2011 F1 cars

Virgin have launched their 2011 F1 car, the MVR-02.

The car was launched at BBC Television Centre in London.

As last year, the car was designed entirely using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), without using a wind tunnel.

Following the arrival of Russian sports car company Maurssia as an investor the team are now registered under a Russian licence. The air intake on the front of the MVR-02 is designed to resemble the one on Marussia’s B2 road car.

The car will run for the first time in the Jerez test later this week. Some of the car’s internals, including its hydraulics, were already run on the VR-01 at Valencia last week.

Designer Nick Wirk confirmed the MVR-02 has not been designed to use KERS, citing the expense of developing the technology as a reason for its absence.

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185 comments on Virgin MVR-02 launch – first pictures

  1. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 7th February 2011, 18:54

    My gosh, the car seems designed with a ruler.

  2. Scarbs is reporting that the exhaust setup may be able to be changed from track to track to suit different requirements.. the exhausts may be in one location for a high downforce track, and another for low downforce track.

    That’s pretty clever if it’s true, I take it all back!.

    Manor’s history in racing suggests it’ll take them about 3 years to get up to speed. So this slow evolution of the car is apparently how they do it. It’s worked for them before.

  3. DaveW said on 7th February 2011, 19:16

    It’s easy to say Wirth is being pound-foolish by relying on CFD. But when you see that the mega teams, even with CFD AND modern wind tunnels, still end up having to look at flow-vis, and often fit aero updates that fail completely, you wonder at the real value of the windtunnel for a car that is still way down the aero optimization curve.

    I’m happy to yield to whoever has real experience here, but my perception is that the windtunnel is used to verify design and data, to evaluate trick aero mods creating marginal gains. Teams are not starting with clay bucks and molding them for repeated wind tunnel runs. Besides Newey, who begins with a pencil and paper according to legend, everyone begins with the computer anyway.

    Also, the cost of renting tunnel time, hiring people dedicated to running the sessions and evaluating data, must be enormous.

    So considering that his main tasks are to get reliable hydraulics and gearbox performance, and other basics like suspension design and lowering CofG sorted, I tend to agree that eschewing the wind tunnel may be a good idea for Virgin now.

    • Given that there is so little track testing available now, it’s important that each team gets its numbers right with whatever method it chooses to do its aero programme. CFD, used on its own, is less likely to throw you a curve ball when you least expect it.

      Apparently there are more and more software programmes being produced to make CFD ever closer to wind tunnel testing, and more and more people wondering why F1 teams are wasting so much electricity in wind tunnels just to make fast cars go a bit faster.

  4. Deurmat said on 7th February 2011, 19:33

    keith, the Force India launch is not visible in the google calendar. (I think)

  5. nakos said on 7th February 2011, 20:45

    I wonder how far off it is that the F1 cars has to weight one metric ton. The virgin looks like it is already there.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 7th February 2011, 22:14

    Every time I see this car, I’m going to think of Sesame Street – because the MVR-02 is brought to you by the letter ‘Q’. It’s got sponsorship from Quantel, QNET and Quick … how many more Q-named sponsors can they get?

  7. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 7th February 2011, 23:13

    I think it’ll be Wirthless…

  8. Darren said on 8th February 2011, 7:45

    Gee, so many negative comments, if this pulls a 15th you will all be eating your words.

  9. antonyob said on 8th February 2011, 10:26


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