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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi_2zwLh57c

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?é?? 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. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:52

    FUGLY!!!

  2. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:53

    I can’t believe Ferrari have created something so ugly.. That’s maybe unfair as covering the front end up, it looks a beautiful car but they’ve actually managed to make an uglier stepped nose than Caterham or Force India!

    I hope McLaren blow these teams out of the water as they deserve it for not conforming to what it appears everyone else will do – build a hideous F1 car.

    • Puffy (@puffy) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:18

      @petebaldwin May I suggest Beauty Pageants if aesthetics are what you deem to be the most important factor in competition?

      • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 3rd February 2012, 12:53

        I don’t deem asthetics the most important factor in competition however, I would respond to your question with one of my own.

        What to you view as the most important thing in competition? A competitive series? Out and out speed? Exciting races?

        There are far better alternatives for all 3 of those in other series but yet we all follow F1….

        The point is that F1 is a combination of the best drivers in the world, the most technically brilliant and beautiful cars, stunning tracks and exciting racing. Start taking those aspects away, and you lose a major part of what F1 is.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 3rd February 2012, 18:25

        Out and out speed?

        Something beats F1 in that?

  3. guidoo said on 3rd February 2012, 10:04

    I actually quite like it, for some odd reason.
    The only thing that bothers me, as someone who used to be a fan in the late 80’s til the end of 1995, is the ugly livery.

  4. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:05

    It is like they had two design teams working independently of each other. One team made the front and one made the back. Then they just stuck the two ends together.

    The front and back just dont match up.

  5. vjanik said on 3rd February 2012, 10:05

    its actually very interesting. we all expected the nose. but the sidepods and the engine cover are very nicely sculpted. much more refined than the McLaren. i think the most interesting design so far.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:21

      The sidepods remind me of the Renault from, I guess, 2009, with narrow quarter cirle openings at the front, long and tapering in at the bottom end, but flat on top. Just a very different concept that either Red Bull has, or the McLaren had or has now.

      At least that part of the cars is still quite distinct this year, like the last, with FI going for a STR 2010 like pod, while Caterham are more like RB7 there.

      Apart from creating a lot of space underneath, the nose seems to have one thing else worth mentioning: that looks like Pull Rods, though indeed very horizontally placed.

  6. Tango (@tango) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:05

    I think I could live with the VMJ duck nose (not much unlike mine really) or the Caterham boxer nose, but this is from another ugly dimension all together. The car seems like it’s been designed by two different persons… And one only had a ruler on hand

  7. Chalky (@chalky) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:06

    4 car launches in and we have 3 clear stepped noses and 1 sweeping nose.

    Is this the McLaren Achilles heal of 2012 forcing another costly re-design at the start of a season, or another F-Duct / 2nd brake pedal moment?
    Oh to be a fly on the wall at the MTC, to see if they are flapping their wings wondering how they got the rulebook wrong, or sitting smug like a Ross Brawn in 2009.

  8. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:08

    Looks like it was designed by two different guys :o)
    The rear is a beauty, the front is sheer ugliness. All those lines on the body at the rear looks really nice I would say, but the two-leveled nose looks really bad. I hope, we won’t have to see it on all the cars but McLaren…

    But I’m quite curious about the flap just below the DRS flap : I wonder what does it do…

  9. vjanik said on 3rd February 2012, 10:08

    i like how the sidepod exits lead into the diffuser. thats a really cool idea of channeling air to the back of the car.

  10. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:09

    FUGLY !!!

  11. davidhunter13 (@davidhunter13) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:10

    Surely the angled step will have an aerodynamic use, it is such a large angled “wing” in my eyes it must have some impact and add a not insignificant bit of downforce…. my aeronautical engineering knowledge is limited but anyone with technical know-how have anything to say?

  12. a really ugly nose but also a new front suspension. it is not a push rod but pull rod (or something like this)!!
    http://i.imgur.com/GzHaj.jpg

  13. DarthRaiden666 (@darthraiden666) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:12

    Looks like Ferrari want to be in the lead of every race and win, so none of the competition can see that nose from behind.

    I hope they ban high noses now, back the low noses of the 80s.

    Or can I see a re-design by mid season. Remember the 1996 Ferrari?

  14. andrewf1 said on 3rd February 2012, 10:14

    the exhausts seem to be pointing downwards, shouldnt they be upwards at an angle?

  15. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:14

    For me its like they have been designing the car from the back to the front hoping they would get a eureka moment at the last minute regarding the nose problem but it never came so they got some sheet metal and press braked it into a shape big enough to cover the suspension mounts painted it red and just got it into the display area in the nick of time. i bet the paints still wet. The reason Luca didn’t turn up in person is her wouldnt have been able to hide the shame. Its much easy to hide talking to a camera.

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