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, 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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

  6. Menkaure (@) said on 8th February 2011, 9:53

    Like it!! ;) Your logo here!! :D

  7. BBT (@bbt) said on 8th February 2011, 9:54

    Looks very nice looking, but very slow looking.

    Fattest rear end on the grid

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 8th February 2011, 9:56

    check out what a crazy site! great sponsor!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 10:16

      That was the gig that got Daniel Simon the job. It also got him employed to do some art for Tron: Legacy. It’s probably not really a sponsor, but more a way of recognising Simon’s contribution.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th February 2011, 10:56

        Maybe a sponsor in the same way the HP logo and these banks were on the Renault last year. In return for their services they got a mention on the car.

        I think that car is a work of art, if Simon can put it up for sale or into a galery after the season it might be enough for him.

        Would you turn down the opportunity to do an F1 livery?

        • In the same way that Vodaphone handles all the global data communications for McLaren. Decent sponsorship isn’t just about money for stickers, it’s a collaborative relationship to better both brands.

  9. Kenny (@kenny) said on 8th February 2011, 10:07

    They should have gone the whole hog and put their phone number on there…

    A straight checkerd flag motif, without red, would look very nice. Not bad as it is, though.

  10. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 8th February 2011, 10:08


    found next to side pods

  11. Boost (@boost) said on 8th February 2011, 10:15

    Great livery!
    As Silencer mentioned – itΒ΄s similar to the old BAR Lucky Strike livery but still original enough.

    Will be interesting to see the livery in real pics instead of a 3D-rendering eventually.

  12. Wow, way to go HRT. Im liking that in some indycar looking sort of way!! Although i must say it wasnt going to be hard to make it look better than last years cars thats for sure.

  13. Electrolite said on 8th February 2011, 10:18

    Wow, love this new livery! Very good looking from all angles. Looks a lot more ready than last year’s car.

  14. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 10:18

    Is this Karthikeyan’s car? There’s a strip of colour just behind the cockpit that looks like it could be an Indian flag. If it is, it’s interesting that Karthikeyan has nominated to run under the 23 rather than the 22.

  15. Neil Davies (@neil-davies) said on 8th February 2011, 10:23

    Oh “this could be you” is so embarrassing. Better to have just left it blank.

    Having said that, the colour scheme is ok and the book “Cosmic Motors” by artist Daniel Simon (who it would appear has done these pics) is incredible, highly recommended (if you like CG sci-fi vehicles).

  16. “This could be you” sponsor gumpf or suggestion that they don’t have another driver and if they did would likely change them on a weekly basis?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2011, 10:49

      It’s advertising open space for sponsors. Billboards that are blank often run a message like it (with a contact phone number) to try and pique the interest of companies that would like their image plastered on a billboard on the side of a highway.

  17. McG (@mcg) said on 8th February 2011, 10:33

    Nice. Good use of the camera on the nose. Hope they get some decent sponsors.

  18. Aetost (@aetost) said on 8th February 2011, 10:41

    The writing inside the cockpit says: “Caution. This vehicle moves very fast. Only for professional drivers”

    Now I’m confused. I was under the impression that this was an HRT driven by Narain Karthikeyan…

  19. Thanks to the placement of the cameras, I’m officially calling the F111’s nosecone ‘the Hammerhead’

  20. Hare (@hare) said on 8th February 2011, 10:50

    I love how Lotus use the smallest posible car numbers to save space for more sponsors..

    .. compare to HRT :D

    Also… Is it just me or does your imagine put ‘PO’ in front of ‘TATA’ motors? :D

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