Toro Rosso STR7 – first pictures and video of Toro Rosso’s 2012 F1 car

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Toro Rosso revealed their 2012 F1 car, the STR7, in Jerez today.

Toro Rosso have an all-new driver line-up for 2012, with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne taking over from Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi.

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57 comments on Toro Rosso STR7 – first pictures and video of Toro Rosso’s 2012 F1 car

  1. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 6th February 2012, 16:50

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! Best looking car so far in my opinion. It almost makes the stepped nose blend in with the rest of the design. Livery still looks amazing too. I love it!

  2. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 6th February 2012, 16:52

    Not a bad shape at all! I like it!

    I’m not liking the direction their livery is going in, however. The gold endplates look sickly, and the Cepsa branding just doesn’t look right.

    OK, the marathon of car launches is finally over! It’s 4 AM, I think it’s bed time. :P

  3. Andi McLaren said on 6th February 2012, 16:52

    One of the most beautiful cars of 2012 . Great Livery.

  4. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 6th February 2012, 16:52

    Always loved Toro Rosso’s cars, the more red and gold they use, the better the car gets

  5. Gambisk said on 6th February 2012, 16:55

    every year I hope torro rosso will change and use the diet red bull colours instead , nice looking car all the same

  6. Randy (@randy) said on 6th February 2012, 16:55

    Wow, really unique heavily undercutted sidepods. They look like rockets bolted to the sides of the car. I like them!

    • Yeah, rockets or missiles on the sides. I quite like the red and gold colour schemes that have appeared on the Toro Rosso. For me Cepsa looks great on the rear wing and its endplates as does the Falcon Private Bank colours on the front wing endplates.

  7. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 6th February 2012, 16:57

    With all the paint stripped off, the STR6 was my favourite looking car of 2011.

    This year, it’s looking like the STR7 will be the looker of 2012, too!

  8. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 6th February 2012, 16:59

    Damn that nose is skinny. Don’t think I would like to get run over by that!

    • GARY ALLEN said on 6th February 2012, 17:03

      Concerns about the shape and right angle cockpit impacts. Blade shapes slice easier than blunt ends. Is there any FIA data on that type of testing?

  9. xlplbx said on 6th February 2012, 17:02

    Might sound like a stupid question, but…

    Y is it that all the cars up till now have the steeped nose, except MCLAREN? :S

    • Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 6th February 2012, 17:05

      McLaren have a lower chassis than the other teams, meaning they don’t have to have the abrupt step between the bulkhead and the nose with the other teams have to accommodate the new regulations.

      • Nigelstash (@nigelstash) said on 6th February 2012, 18:03

        I hope their lower chassis concept is a good idea. It would be sad to see them back in the midfield after a big miscalculation – it does seem that every other team is going the same way and I can’t believe they are all wrong, especially red bull. Anyone got any deeper explanation of the pros and cons of these different concepts?

        • Aldoid said on 6th February 2012, 19:05

          I’m not qualified to comment on the pros & cons of each, but the McLaren shape seems to be more of an evolution of last year’s concept. Their nose was by far the lowest last year & it worked quite well. The fact that they’re the only team running a conventional nose doesn’t worry me: they were the only team running u-shaped side pods last season too, & that concept worked great too. I think they’ll have an easier time coming to grips with it than they would with a clean sheet design. It appears that most designs on the grid so far are evolutions of last season’s concepts (Ferrari being the glaring exception, of course… but of all the top teams, they were probably the most disappointed with their car’s performance last season: hence the massive redesign), which seems logical to me, but I’m no expert.

          • ivz (@ivz) said on 6th February 2012, 23:12

            You would think that the McLaren would have less drag also?

          • Aldoid said on 7th February 2012, 0:23

            It’s possible. The design does appear to be more cohesive. I also read over @ Scarbs that the low nose & chassis on the McLaren gives it a lower center of gravity, which allows for less extreme suspension geometry, & a lower COG should translate to better handling dynamics overall. If it all works according to plan it might lead to better wear on the front tires as well (I’m guessing they might even be able to run less aggressive camber & still have good front end grip… but that’s just me making a semi-educated guess).
            Based on how good they were last season with the low nose, & the fact that they’ve elected not to do a complete rehash, I’m inclined to think they’ve got a good design that they’re comfortable with. As I remember it, the MP4-26 had plenty of front grip & good turn-in. If they’ve managed to dial out the porpoising at the top end, it might prove to be even better this time around. A good front end alone doesn’t make a good car though, so I’m hoping the MP4-27 is the complete package. They’ll need it because you can be sure the Red Bull won’t be slow.

  10. Jezson (@jezson) said on 6th February 2012, 17:04

    Sooo… last years car with a screwed up nose, then? :P

  11. matt90 (@matt90) said on 6th February 2012, 17:05

    Generally I think it’s fairly nice, but I don’t agree that it’s the best looking car so far- that nose is too lumpy and then horribly flat at the front. I do like those sidepods though. Those rear wing endplates should not be block red, as it just draws attention to how large they are.

  12. I still don’t like the gold splodges and if they were actually in a thought out design I’d like them, I’m not a fan of the paintwork on the rear wing either but this is still a very pretty car.

  13. Richard F150 - I am not a truck said on 6th February 2012, 17:17

    Nice – now if they could only do something with the paintwork to allow me to tell the difference between it and the RB8 during the race.

  14. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 6th February 2012, 17:23

    I always thought it’d look pretty cool if they changed the dark blue to a black, myself.

  15. Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th February 2012, 17:32

    The car looks great – again, apart from the nose – as it’s a 2011-looking car (the airbox is similar to the 150° Italia’s one). The livery is great as always, the gold could be better placed but the rear wing looks out of place.

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