Force India VJM04

Force India VJM04 – first pictures

2011 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India have revealed the first images of their 2011 F1 car, the VJM04.

The VJM04 is the first car designed by new technical director Andrew Green. Its predecessor achieved the team’s best-ever constructors’ championship position of seventh.

This year the team say they want to finish in the top five.

The team will use Mercedes power for the third year in a row.

Chairman Vijay Mallya said: “This year there is even more to be optimistic about. We’ve got three race drivers that are hungry to take the next steps in their careers, whether that be points, podiums or wins.

“We have an experienced technical team that have the ingenuity, flexibility and drive to adapt to the new wave of rule changes, and we also have the tools and resources in our partnerships with McLaren Applied Technologies and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines to aim even higher.

“Not to mention the very special event, and one that I personally can’t wait for, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. What better place would there be to reach some of those aims than on our home soil?”

Adrian Sutil said he hopes to finish in the top ten in the drivers’ championship for the first time this year:

“The progress the team has shown over the past two years has been very impressive and what I’ve seen in the factory and at the wind tunnel over the past weeks indicates that the rate will continue this year.”

Paul di Resta makes his F1 debut with the team this year. He said: “I don’t want to say exact targets on record as there are so many factors that can come into play.

“What I do want to do is to have a positive approach, finish, be consistent and contribute strongly to the team’s overall performance. We’ve got high aims of finishing in a good constructors’ championship position and I know that I’ve got to play my part in this.”

Technical director Andy Green explained some of the changes on the car:

“The most obvious visual change is that we’ve gone away from a conventional roll-hoop to a blade. This gives us a small packaging improvement compared to a more conventional style.

“The engine cover is different, in-line with the abolition of the F-duct system. But there are a lot of differences under the skin that people won’t necessarily notice.”

“We’ve recovered a lot of the aerodynamic performance, we believe. We still have a little bit to go, but we are still in the process of the realignment after the end of last season, because it does take a long time to move aerodynamically from one position to another.

“The movable wing is a whole new game, and we’ll be trying to exploit its performance to the max.

“Exhaust management will also be a big area of development this year. There will be an upgrade for the first race, so there are some changes that will come into effect at the Bahrain test. Further down the line there are some big updates for the front of the car coming in for the first European race.”

The team have recruited a new senior tyre engineer, Jun Matsusaki, to help with the switch to Pirelli tyres.

Greem also confirmed the new car will use a Kinetic Energy Recovery System: “‘The Mercedes KERS system looks very strong, and we’re really happy with it.

“We’ve done a lot of running in the simulator, so the drivers are well up to speed with how to use it. We’re well developed with what we have to do for harvesting and deployment. It’s smaller and lighter than in 2009, and packaging required very few vehicle compromises.”

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  1. That roll structure us banned ive seen it on formula one site its a dangerous design with the blade and to the reply to some before about “when was the last time a f1 car was up side down” Valencia Mark webber

    1. Oi, I posted that about Webber…. although the wings helped it land like a cat but on wheels

    2. It is not banned. It is not banned. It is not banned. People really need to try reading the rules properly.

      The cross sectional area of the roll structure cannot be less than a certain number. As long as it is bigger than this, it is allowed.

      The chassis are homologated – do you think that the teams would really risk exclusion from the championship?

  2. So now we have all the contenders, how about an article on the car in a matrix with the features with a tick or dot in the intersection on the team/car & feature.

    Integrated blown diffuser,
    Blown floor,
    Front suspension pull/push
    Rear pull rod suspension
    Rear push rod suspension
    Fuel tank big enough (Virgin not tick, lol)
    Front flexi wing ;-)
    Pay drivers

    1. Front pull rod? How?

      1. Well, not likely I agree (which is why I didn’t separate it out it was just an example I didn’t really think about it much), its never going to happen on high nosed cars, but not impossible….

  3. Nice brake ducts.

  4. Just looking at the cars so far, I’d say the midfield is going to be almost every team except rb, ferrari and mclaren! Still not sold on the renault exhaust, might be more trouble than its worth!
    I thinks its going to be great season!

  5. I like it, nice idea with the livery to blend the colours. Only real stand out thing to me is the engine air-intake is taking cues from the W01 like the T128.

  6. Jamie Franklin
    8th February 2011, 23:35

    Seems too conservative to move up the rankings really. It’ll probably be decent enough to compete against the Williams, but I doubt it’ll gain the top 5 finish they are hoping for.

  7. Hey keith..

    I know you’re working on the ‘best looking car 2011′ at the mo’ but now that we have all the cars revealed, anychance of a ‘compare’ gallery. each team/car from last year compared to this..?

    keep up the good work :)

    1. Pretty obvious what the outcome with be based on the number of fans of that car, rather than how good the livery is.
      Solely on the liveries, it should be
      1. Lotus
      2. Force India
      3. Ferrari
      4. HRT

      but the outcome is gonna be:

      1. Ferrari
      2. Mclaren
      3. Redbull
      4. Mercedes
      5. Renault
      6. Force India
      7. Lotus
      8. Williams
      9. Sauber
      10. Torro Rosso

  8. Ok, here is the video of the launch. Much nicer to see it up close and personal. They are looking strong this year…

  9. very boring livery…. this two colors don`t look well together

  10. Best livery on the grid.

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