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?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

    • Lykkis (@lykkis) said on 3rd February 2012, 18:38

      Well, the McLaren MP4/14 was very good looking, same with the Maserati 250F. What are you on about?

      The Ensign on the other hand is awful, but don’t compare that to those 2 others you posted!

  1. charles (@charles) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:37

    I love the new Ferrari !!!!!!!!
    Its beautiful from all angles, notice on the Ferrari website they are not showing the diffuser as it is blocked by a board of what looks like carbon-fibre.

  2. freefall said on 3rd February 2012, 11:37

    Suddenly only being able to see half the season doesn`t seem so bad. That is one ugly Car,

  3. Ferrari seems to have placed there very large centre tail funnel really low. This could be really clever as they could use the hot air from the radiators and top scoop to maybe blow on to the rear diffuser as wel as on to the black wings at the rear. Maybe someone who knows alot about aerodynamics could explain if this possible. Also could the secondary air duct behind the roll hoop form part of a passive f duct kind of thing that is connected and works with the centre tail funnel?

    • Mads (@mads) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:59

      I think scarbs mentioned it a long time ago, but as far as i remember he came to the conclusion that the air wouldn’t be hot or go fast enough to improve the downforce on the diffuser, but maybe Ferrari have made it work.

      • @mads thanjs for that..yeah i also thought of the air speed. wanted to ask the question if maybe they found a way to speed up the air flow or maybe use the air scoop behind the roll hoop to aid the speed or intensity of air flow. some passive sort of mechanism.

        • yr, the cooling duct up there is for the KERS and Engine cooling system as was seen on the MP4-26.

          Ferrari keep copying others……. even Pat Fry could not bring much needed innovations :(

    • Boomerang said on 3rd February 2012, 12:27

      As a rule, good solutions are always very simple as well…

  4. Anyone know when the rest of the car launchs are? i cant find the list that was on this site

  5. maxthecat said on 3rd February 2012, 12:00

    My god that is hideous! looks like it was made from Lego! ewww

  6. antonyob (@) said on 3rd February 2012, 12:02

    Well the changes in rules were because the fia were worried the high noses would spear the car and driver. seems a reasonable rule change, just a pity most designers these days dont have the flare of a Gordon Murray. Its all about empirical changes with these guys, any major changes seem to leave them clueless.

  7. Tom M in Australia said on 3rd February 2012, 12:16

    I actually said “lol” out loud…

  8. Boomerang said on 3rd February 2012, 12:17

    It’s a revolutionary design in reverse…

  9. UKFan (@) said on 3rd February 2012, 12:47

    I think Im gonna cry.

  10. ferrari4life said on 3rd February 2012, 13:00

    While i second everyones pov, i think the profile view of the ferrari is beautiful. I live in the us and even my friend who has zero interest in the sport was quick to point out how much cooler cars were in 2000-2001 by watching an older race. Lol, i found that rather funny. I certainly hope this car is the answer to ferraris problem. If rbr are on top of their game again, these crappy designs will just further motivate us NOT to watch.

  11. Johnny 5 said on 3rd February 2012, 13:17

    Caterham, Force India, Ferrari…. Time to add a new page to the Chinese calendar: the year of the Alligator!

  12. As much as these stepped front sections are appearing, I just find it difficult that they’ll actually work on the track. This particular one just looks like the designer sneezed and thought, ‘Oh, that will work.’

  13. PJA (@pja) said on 3rd February 2012, 13:22

    Well Domenicali wasn’t lying when he said it was ugly, however if it wasn’t for the nose it wouldn’t be that bad.

    So far only of the four 2012 cars we have seen only McLaren haven’t gone with the stepped nose, all eyes will be on Red Bull to see which way Newey has gone.

    Hopefully all the top teams will be evenly matched so we have a good battle for the championships but I hope that it doesn’t turn out that this style nose turns out clearly to be the quickest solution as I defiantly don’t want all the cars to look like this until the next lot of regulation changes.

  14. ferrari4life said on 3rd February 2012, 13:29

    Mclaren has the cleanest looking car so far, I certainly second the hope that the whole grid wont be a bunched of hunchback f1 cars. Although, in its defense i think the bump in the nose suits the ferrari as it is seems more pointy in the front, caterham look like they took saubers design last year, and added an ugly bump in its nose. I reckon this is going to be pure genious—–or insanity.

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