HRT F111 launch – first pictures

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HRT have revealed the first pictures of their 2011 F1 car, the F111.

Team principal Colin Kolles said: “The F111 represents a significant step forward for Hispania Racing.

“We have made a big improvement for starting our second season in Formula 1 and what you see in our new car confirms Hispania Racing?ι??s commitment to F1.?σΤιΌ?Ψ

The F111 was designed by Geoff Willis and Paul White. The team confirmed it will have an adjustable rear wing. However it will not have a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

HRT aim to run the car for the first time in the pre-season test at Bahrain which begins on March 3rd.

Team president Jose Ramon Carabante said: ?σΤιΌ?τWe feel really proud of the car our drivers will run this forthcoming season.

“Despite a challenging first year, we managed to finish on the 11th position in the World Constructors Championship. Now, we are very pleased to introduce the first specification of the F111, which means a huge design-effort from our side.

“This is only a first step as we are planning several updates during the season.?σΤιΌ?Ψ

The car’s distinctive livery was designed by Daniel Simon of Cosmic Motors. He said, “I miss fearless visual statements and large beautiful numbers on today’s racing cars.

“Playing with the restrictions of what you can do to a complex F1 body is fun. There are many don’ts, but I found a way to lay courageous racing essence on the car.”

However aside from sponsorship from Tata, thanks to new driver Narain Karthikeyan, the F111′s bodywork features few sponsors.

Instead the bodywork shown includes the messages: “This could be you” and “This is a cool spot”.

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310 comments on HRT F111 launch – first pictures

  1. BasCB said on 8th February 2011, 8:54

    When you think about the looks of that car, and think about Daniel Simon doing this, are there any chances of a 2nd or at least 3rd driver (someone like Milka in Indy?) looking like the racers in Simons “cosmic motors” book?

    They should have great looking team kit, get some nice “cosmic racers” girls into them at the GP. And possibly marketing the gear will be the largest source of revenue next to the Tata deal!

  2. Rob B said on 8th February 2011, 8:54

    I like the new colour scheme more than the shades of grey that last years car was.

    The sponsor placemarkers, on the sidepods and rear wing, are more akin to something Ive seen on the back of busses begging for adverts than an F1 car. It really shows their desperation to get some sponsors on the car. All I can say is all the best HRT!

  3. the-muffin-man said on 8th February 2011, 9:00

    Well this was a pleasant surprise this morning!

    Love the looks and love the sense of humour! If this actuallu hits the track HRT could be my new favourite back-marker!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 9:02

      I don’t think it’s a sense of humour. I think it’s Hispania actually trying to attract sponsors.

      • the-muffin-man said on 8th February 2011, 9:09

        Yes – by using a sense of humour! Have you seen the small writing in front of the sidepods?

        • BasCB said on 8th February 2011, 9:35

          I read, that it also has “car ends here” at the back and “you are being filmed” close to the camera mount.

          Nice humour in that car.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 10:06

          Yes – by using a sense of humour! Have you seen the small writing in front of the sidepods?

          I think that’s the extent of the humour. THIS COULD BE YOU and YOUR LOGO HERE would be funny on a financially-stable team, but here it looks desperate.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 9:01

    A few things I’ve noticed from looking at it:

    - First of all, they have a double shark-fin. They’ve copied Red Bull’s square-backed shark fin, but the leading edge of the engine cowling is the highest on any of the 2011 cars. In fact, it almost touches the rear wing. It’s difficult to see because of the chequered flag motif, but it’s there.

    - They’ve also got a very steep angle on that front nose that tapers to a needle-point. It looks like a cross between the Virgin VR-01 and the Mercedes MGP W01.

    - Those sidepods are very tiny. They look almost as small at the Virgin MVR-02′s, if not smaller.

    - The back end if very odd. It collapses in and upwards at the same time, kind of like going from a horizontal plane to a vertical. There’s an odd bulge around the Cosworth logo, which leads me to suspect that the engine is actually right there, in which case it’s mounted quite high.

    - There’s also the nosecone winglets, which we haven’t seen on a car for a while. The front end in particular makes me think of the early BMW Saubers.

    • BasCB said on 8th February 2011, 9:09

      I completely agree with you on the nose looking like a 2008 BMW with the horns on it.

      The back end might be sporting this years, extra small, extra low Williams Gearbox instead of having an older model (would that work without the KERS?).
      Only the engine cover (with GB cooling vent?) sticks out over it, using up all the space allowed around the aerea where nothing is allowed.

      Certainly does not look like last years car.

      Are the exhausts opening in front of the suspension in the roundings seen there? or even like the GP2 cars in the middle above the Gearbox?

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 9:05

    You know, with all the jokes about the Ferarri F150 and the Ford F-150, I can’t believe not-one has taken the opportunity to make a crack about the Hispania F111 and the obsolete fighter jet by the same name.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th February 2011, 9:07

    Quite nice! Real retro feel. Now just to get in that 107%…

  7. somehow this livery reminds me of lucky strike BAR Honda

  8. Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 8th February 2011, 9:13

    I can’t believe no-one’s commented on the best part of this livery…

    You can actually SEE the car number very clearly!!

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 8th February 2011, 9:31

      I was thinking the same thing Adrian!

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 10:14

        Virgin did it first. Williams, too, but that might not be a part of the final livery. And you can always see the McLaren ones. Everyone else tends to go for smaller numbers on the vertical fins in front of the sidepods. When it comes to invisible car numbering, the main offenders are Force India, who tend to put small numbers on the front wing in the space between the two vertical uprights because the car must have a number on the front of the car, but that narrow gap is too small for a sponsor decal.

  9. King GP said on 8th February 2011, 9:17

    ‘This Could Be You’ how much for the seat?? they appear desperate now!

    • King GP said on 8th February 2011, 9:38

      also, i love the new livery! the chequered flag on the rear and being able to clearly see the car numbers!!

      HRT have one of the best liveries now just need a decent driver to drive the second car. should be Klien or Davide Valsecchi

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 8th February 2011, 16:23

      I don’t think they mean drivers. In fact they won’t at all. it’ll be a major sponsor. There’s always more than enough drivers trying to make it into F1 :P

  10. BadAss said on 8th February 2011, 9:28

    I know it’s not the topic but i got to tell ya
    Kubica is getting better he can move his fingers in the right heand.

  11. BasCB said on 8th February 2011, 9:29

    Autosports Jonathan Noble reports:

    It is understood that the F111 will undergo its last mandatory FIA crash test this week before final preparations are made to get in on track at one of the pre-season F1 tests.

    HRT are really in for tight schedules, aren’t they! Does explain why they don’t go testing with it quite yet.

  12. HRT just making it to 2011 with an inspiring “FAIL” livery

    Pro Drive, Lola ……..I just heard Rosberg dropping his hair gel in his bathroom

  13. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 8th February 2011, 9:47

    I was ready to say “WOW!” but then I enlarged the image.

    The livery colours are really good, but that half shark-fin ruins the back end. I don’t really like the nose either. But from certain angles the car does look awesome, bravo.

  14. gabal said on 8th February 2011, 9:48

    I love big numbers on a shark fin and chequered flag is nice incorporated in a design. I’m suprised they don’t have any yellow.
    Your logo stickers are a bit lame but if that will score them sponsorship why not use it.
    It looks much better then last years livery but then again that wasn’t that difficult to do.
    How much did they pay for that paint-job again?

    • BasCB said on 8th February 2011, 9:52

      Actually i am not too sure they did pay for it. As the designer of it is quite a fan of fast cars and probalby not in desperate need for money, would he pass up a chance of actually designing an F1 livery?

      I know I wouldn’t!

      • djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 8th February 2011, 15:02

        And it’s pretty good advertisment for him to design the livery anyway.

        • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 8th February 2011, 16:12

          Exactly, the “after” pictures are so strikingly improved from the “before” pics at the start of last year that it is a very big advertisement for the whole grid to do something more with their livery.

          Would be nice if it caused Sauber to talk with the guy about what he can do with white, red and black/charcoal for next year :-p

  15. Racefan said on 8th February 2011, 9:50

    Looks like we have a pretty car at the back.Thumps up!

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