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. Sevrige (@sevrige) said on 3rd February 2012, 13:32

    This feels like an early April fools day joke, but I don’t know if I should be laughing or crying.

  2. John H (@john-h) said on 3rd February 2012, 13:35

    I simply do not understand how a rapid step on the nose like that can be good for the aero. If that generates downforce why don’t planes have one to generate lift.

    Seriously, can someone with knowledge of fluid mechanics tell me why that step hasn’t been smoothed out even just a little?

    • WillP said on 3rd February 2012, 14:30

      I would like to hear an answer on this as well. It seems counter-intuitive to everything I have so far learned about aerodynamics, though the sport of F1 and on this site.

      • Simple answer to both of you: it is because of the regulation change (the 55mm something). Has nothing to do with a free-designe, but a compliance to the new rules.

    • Ivano (@) said on 3rd February 2012, 14:39

      Well, the same questions came up with Benetton’s nose cone in 1992. And that design went on to win championships.

    • Paul A (@paul-a) said on 3rd February 2012, 14:40

      John H. asks “why that step hasn’t been smoothed out even just a little?” First, I’m sure it has. Steps aerodynamically are not as bad as they look, protuberances can be designed (and tested in wind tunnels) for minimum drag. What is important is that the laminar flow ahead of the protuberance re-attaches downstream with minimum turbulence.

      Certainly Ferrari (and other design teams working under the new set of “rules”) will have looked at the trade off between a small increase in drag and a gain either in the aerodynamic flow beneath the nose or the mechanical advantages of the mounting points for the front suspension.

      Give a bit here, take a bit there — it’s the speed, road holding and handling of the final package that counts.

      I would add that, contrary to the majority opinion expressed in these comments, I do not find the car excessively ugly. In fact a certain aggressiveness actually adds to the impression of it being a “lean, mean racing machine.”

  3. Dragon (@dragon88) said on 3rd February 2012, 13:35

    It certainly does not look very nice.
    But who cares? F1 is about performance! It is not a fashion competition.
    And it looks properly aggressive!

  4. JohnBt said on 3rd February 2012, 13:52

    Good lord, what an ugly car! Sure feels like a truck.

  5. ah, another butterface-racer. God, its ugly, it must rely on personality (WCC/WDC)

  6. Christopher (@twiinzspeed) said on 3rd February 2012, 14:28

    All the talk about “it’s ugly” doesn’t compute with me. F1 is about performance. Remember all the hideous wings in the 60’s-70’s? They made the cars faster. This is simply another evolution of that. Raising the nose aids downforce. I actually think the car looks cool. The hump in the nose may be worth a little time over lowering the rest of the car to make it pretty. Pretty to me is standing on the tall step after the race. Nothing else matters. Bring on OZ and lets find out who got it right. :)

    • WillP said on 3rd February 2012, 14:39

      Its not an evolution though is it? Its an enforced rule change which, rather than being addressed properly by the teams to give them the maximum aerodynamic benefit, has literally been squashed down on the front of the car.

      If it is an aerodynamic advantage, then this would have surely come in before. But since the pattern over the last few years is smooth and clean lines over the bodywork, then a sudden doorstep on the bonnet seems to be… well not an evolution!

      • vjanik said on 3rd February 2012, 16:00

        the teams are exploiting the extremes of the new regulation. why? because its the most efficient design in this case.

        the benefits of a high nose outweigh the drawbacks of a sudden doorstep on the bonnet.

  7. Are those exhausts legal? I thought that they had to exit pretty much vertically?

  8. SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:12

    How long since the last F1 car with front pullrods was raced?

  9. ducatiusa (@ducatiusa) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:19

    The nose is BAD looking but….the rest is very nice, elaborated and especially from the top it creates a nice looking package. Only the “step” on the nose is very ugly, I kind of like the oversize front…..but I’m a ferrari tifoso and you know “LOVE IS BLIND” FORZA FERRARI

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:24

    Seriously, this is the worst F1 car ever.
    Not only the nose has the step, but it’s even wider at the end (look at it from the bird’s-eye-view). The Italian flag on the nose makes it further look as though it’s abnormal.
    The end of the sidepods is stange but not so ugly.
    The airbox itself is horrendous.
    Everyone who criticized the MP4-27, take this!

  11. W-K (@w-k) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:38

    Maybe we need to club together and buy the front end designer a set of French Curves (£22.00)

  12. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:42

    Tut tut Ferrari. Didn’t you learn your lesson from last year? Stealing ideas form Ford again.

  13. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 3rd February 2012, 16:00

    They should have just held WROOOM at Maranello :D

  14. squarebear47 (@squarebear47) said on 3rd February 2012, 16:15

    Hey everybody, first post here.

    I couldn’t help but wonder why the new Ferrari’s nose is stepped so dramatically, when it appears it doesn’t have to be. With the CT01 it looked like the front suspension attachment points combined with the low nose regulation height forced them to make the step dramatic, but with the ferrari it looks like they could easily smooth the transition. There may be some facet of the regulations that I don’t know, but I was just wondering. Thanks guys

    Regardless, not the best looking Ferrari ever.

  15. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910) said on 3rd February 2012, 16:54

    Am I the only one who thinks it doesnt look THAT bad?

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