Improving the look of the 2012 F1 cars

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Ferrari F2012 - edited by Jeremy HancoxRecent rules changes have conspired to give us a very strange-looking generation of F1 cars.

The aerodynamic changes introduced in 2009, followed by the reduction in nose height brought in this year, has led to creations which run the gamut from awkward to outright ugly.

Maximum-width front wings, plus disproportionately narrow rear wings, plus stepped noses equals some decidedly unattractive cars.

“The undoubted ugliness of 90% of the 2012 F1 cars just means it’s more of a challenge to make them look good in pictures,” lamented photographer Darren Heath on Twitter recently.

Happily the FIA is planning to tweak the rules in the future: reducing the height of the front bulkhead to do away with the steps, and reducing the width of the front wings.

So how could the improved generation of 2012 cars look? It’s over to graphic designer Jeremy Hancox who’s already posted some excellent designs in the forum.

First up Jeremy tackles one of the least attractive cars on the grid. Ferrari told us the F2012 would look pretty when it won a race. It turns out they were wrong – what it really needs is a break from those restrictive 2012 rules.

Note that these designs don’t obey the proposed new technical rules to the letter – they’re just intended to show how the current cars would look if the key offending passages of the rules were tweaked.

In short: narrower front wings, lower and wider rear wings, and no stepped noses. Here’s how they look.

‘Fixed’ Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012 - edited by Jeremy Hancox

Ferrari F2012 - edited by Jeremy Hancox

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Improving the liveries

Jeremy also turned his attention to some of the cars’ liveries – have a look at these three re-skinned racers:

Sauber C31

Sauber C31 - edited by Jeremy Hancox

Sauber’s current livery is one of the most unfathomable on the grid. Jeremy replaced the mishmash of black and white with a more cohesive black and blue treatment.

View the original car:

Williams FW34

Williams FW34 - edited by Jeremy Hancox

With the Williams, Jeremy moves the design closer to the retro style already aped by the current car.

View the original car:

Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012 - edited by Jeremy Hancox

Finally we turn our attention back to the Ferrari. Here Jeremy does away with the white in favour of black wings with a splash of yellow which suits the soft Pirellis very nicely.

View the original car:

Share your thoughts on Jeremy’s designs in the comments. You can also contact him via his website.

If you want to post your own designs, head over to this thread in the forum where you can embed images of your own via Flickr.

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126 comments on Improving the look of the 2012 F1 cars

  1. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 30th March 2012, 13:32

    Those liveries are amazing!

  2. MRFS said on 30th March 2012, 13:40

    Bit like 2006 really.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th March 2012, 13:50

    Lovely Idea. The cars look a lot better like that. The Sauber is amazing, the Williams really brightens up and the Ferrari without stepped nose suddenly looks great.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 30th March 2012, 13:51

    Oh the Sauber is SO good. Kudos, Mr. Hancox

  5. I don’t necessarily mind the high rear wings, they also hark back to the supposedly good ol days of F1. The cars don’t look too bad, the stepped noses though, are possibly the worst looking thing in the history of F1. So most of the 2012 cars are ruined, although I think the Force India has probably done the best job with the stepped nose, then Lotus.

    That redone Ferrari livery is just amazing, really wish they would go back to that style, but Santander won’t allow that.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 30th March 2012, 15:51

      It isn’t nearly as bad as some of the creations from the 70′s. Those were eye wateringly ugly. Most of them anyway.

    • matt90 said on 30th March 2012, 22:35

      I also don’t mind the full width front wings when they’re matched with the wide rear wings. Ideally I’d like wide, high rears, and fronts that are either full width or narrower, but definitely higher than the pinched ones from 05-08.

  6. That Ferrari livery alone would make the car faster, i´m sure :)

  7. Williams and seccond Ferrari are amazing, they are BEAUTIFUL!

  8. Torg said on 30th March 2012, 14:08

    The Ferrari with the yellow and the black looks simply superb. If that was on the grid it would without a doubt be the most attractive car.

  9. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 30th March 2012, 14:18

    Nice logo @Jezson, quite clever.

  10. d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 30th March 2012, 14:21

    That C31 is gorgeous

  11. barkun (@barkun) said on 30th March 2012, 14:22

    Beautiful images Jeremy – Sauber looks amazing and Ferrari and Williams have that lovely retro design ! Would be nice if these are brought to the attention to all the F1 teams for future reference ;)

  12. vjanik said on 30th March 2012, 14:25

    love it

  13. Jonathon (@gambisk) said on 30th March 2012, 14:26

    Great designs its a wonder the teams dont spend a bit more time and effort to come up with these themeselves instead of rehashing the old designs again and again

  14. Txizzle (@txizzle) said on 30th March 2012, 14:30

    The red/black/yellow ferrari looks like a big improvement over the real thing,
    but the sauber looks simply delicious! I’d probably buy a scale model it! (or the real thing, if I where that rich).

  15. Gibo (@gibo) said on 30th March 2012, 14:40

    Stunning! All these new designs look so much better than the current ones. Rules aside, none of the current liveries in the grid is anything special to be honest, it would really make a difference if the teams would get a bit more creative.

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