Ferrari F2012 launch – first pictures and video of Ferrari’s 2012 F1 car

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Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012

Ferrari have revealed their 2012 F1 car in Maranello. The team’s latest challenger has been named the F2012.

After Fernando Alonso narrowly missed out on the championship in 2010, Ferrari endured a poor season by their standards last year. Alonso won just once and Felipe Massa never finished higher than fifth.

The team vowed to take a less conservative approach with their new car.

“The main changes when compared to 2011 concern the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management,” said a statement released by the team.

“Practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised, starting with the suspension layout: both the front and rear feature pull-rods, aimed at favouring aerodynamic performance and lowering the centre of gravity.

“The front wing is derived from the one introduced on the 150??? Italia in the final part of its racing life and has been evolved from there. Further evolutions are planned in this area for the opening races of the season.

Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012

“The nose has a step in it that is not aesthetically pleasing: with the requirement from the regulations to lower the front part, this was a way of raising the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible for aerodynamic reasons. The sides have been redesigned, through modifications to the side impact structures, the repositioning of the radiators and revisions to all aerodynamic elements.

“The lower part of the rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered, a feature achieved partly through a new gearbox casing and a relocation of some mechanical components. In recent years, the area of exhausts has been crucial in terms of car performance and much effort was expended on this front, based on changes to the regulations introduced this year. The rear wing is conceptually similar to the one used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised and it is now more efficient.

“Naturally, it is still fitted with DRS (a drag reduction system,) which is operated hydraulically. The front and rear air intakes for the brakes have been redesigned and work was carried out in collaboration with Brembo to optimise the braking system.”

Heavy snow in Maranello forced the team to cancel their launch ceremony and scrap plans for a shakedown run on their Fiorano circuit.

Here are the first pictures of Ferrari’s new F1 car:

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257 comments on Ferrari F2012 launch – first pictures and video of Ferrari’s 2012 F1 car

  1. dennis (@dennis) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:23

    Their merchandise deal with LEGO does really show this time around.

  2. msoerensen (@msoerensen) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:23

    Mclaren mentioned they where prepared for a legal battle over their new car.. Have anybody heard some more about this? I guess they are referring to the nose.. I just can’t imagine the Mclaren nose being legal when none of the other teams who have presented their car yet have a similar nose?

  3. UNeedAFinn2Win said on 3rd February 2012, 9:25

    This year is NOT one to try get your friends onboard F!…just wow, w-o-w…

    …wait, we’re not trying to break into a major market this season, are we ?

  4. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:25

    The sad thing is that this is completely unnecessary. Mclaren showed you can still make a beautiful-not hideous car, with the current regulations.

    So so unnecessary…

    • Chris said on 3rd February 2012, 10:22

      Time will tell how unnecessary it is. The McLaren, while looking gorgeous, could be a brick with wheels. The Ferrari, while looking like lego bricks on wheels, could perform gorgeously.

      Obviously, I hope not – hopefully, McLaren have produced a championship winning car.

    • Ru.Bd said on 5th February 2012, 9:23

      Most important things is Mac is continuing their design philosophy from 2011 to present car, but if other cars want to do the same low nose then they have to completely redesign their car nd have to adopt a new design philosophy. so why to change to a new uncertain design, it is logical to go for the known track and re tuned it. Hope i m right……..

  5. Gonox said on 3rd February 2012, 9:27

    Won’t that bump in the nose will help for more front grip ? Since it is a higher surface against the wind, like a pressure ?

  6. Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:27

    I think we all owe Caterham a big apology, the CT-01 is no where near the ugliness of this. Obviously the McLaren is the best looking so far, hopefully Red Bull will go for the streamlined nose like McLaren instead of the step nose. At least then we’ll have some competition for prettiest car cause at this stage they’re all just lining up for the ugliest award

  7. BBT (@bbt) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:31

    Mini U side pods *wink*, tiny Rad intakes, what this baby over heat while following cars….. they must have done something clever with the cooling, second intake behind the air box, alla Mclaren last year.

  8. Mads (@mads) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:31

    What have they done with the exhaust? Isn’t it supposed to point upwards at a minimum angle of 10 degrees?
    Oh another thing, that thing makes the Caterham look like Scarlett Johansson…

  9. Bumfez said on 3rd February 2012, 9:35

    It looks like Owen Wilson.

  10. W-K (@w-k) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:44

    I know they said it was ugly, but even on that scale this is over the top. It better perform, I must go chat with my old work colleagues in Italy to see what their reaction is.

  11. HelloKitty said on 3rd February 2012, 9:49

    Ferrari F1 1950-2011 Scuderia Platypus 2012-?

    Mclaren proved it doesn’t have to be this way guys!!!!!!!

  12. dennis (@dennis) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:50

    I want to see pictures from the rear. It looks like the shaped the sidepods to let the exhaust blow downwards…

  13. Rebecca (@becca) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:50

    The FIA deems this to be legal? Don’t they have an ugly-o-meter?

  14. Is it just me or do the noses on the 2012 cars make look a bit Indy Car-ish from certain angles?

  15. Is it just me or do the noses on the 2012 cars make them look a bit Indy Car-ish from certain angles?

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