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. Jay said on 31st March 2012, 2:58

    Oh the cars were so much better looking back in our day. Syndrome.

    Give it a rest. All those pics are no worse or no better than the current models, just different.

  2. Nkn said on 31st March 2012, 2:58

    I dońt understand why you guys think the step-nose is ugly. It is a little uncomfortable when you look at it the frist time, But when you get used to it, it’s just a fine design. As a paper model maker, the step-nose is much easier to buil than the V-shape nose IMO.

  3. David Hope said on 31st March 2012, 3:16

    Jeremy did an awesome job on those cars. I hope he does the black & gold Lotus/Renault next, as well as the Red Bull.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 31st March 2012, 3:35

    I wish I had @jezson‘s skill with Photoshop. I have an awesome idea in mind for a Visa-themed livery, but what is in my head rarely translates well onto paper because I have no graphical design skills.

    Basically, it’s like Jeremy’s Sauber design. Except the grey is light blue, and the blue section is white. There is also yellow running around the bottom edge of the car. It’s kind of ahrd to explain, but it looks awesome in my mind’s eye.

  5. Mark from Toronto said on 31st March 2012, 6:14

    The cars all look great, congrats on the Sauber livery, they need to change their livery to this IMMEDIATELY, it’s fantastic compared to the awful look they have now.

  6. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 31st March 2012, 8:20

    I like the Sauber and Williams, but really think that the Ferrari livery looks better in 2012-spec to that mock-up.

  7. kie said on 31st March 2012, 8:21

    They look superb, especially the Sauber – Well done Jeremy!

  8. JMN said on 31st March 2012, 9:07

    The renditions misses one critical aspect in terms of looks. With reduced front wing width to the level showed in the first picture, endplates would likely change back to in-wash rather than remain out-rash oriented in design.
    A pleasing change though, the pre-2009 in-wash wings looked brilliant.

  9. Jezson (@jezson) said on 31st March 2012, 13:29

    Thanks very much for all your feedback, guys. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

    It was a pleasure to put these together for F1 fanatic and I’m glad they’ve produced some great opinions on how F1 cars look today… be it from an asthetic or technical point of view.

    • Gubstar said on 31st March 2012, 13:40

      Absolutely adore the ferrari, I wish so much that they would use this. The others too, fantastic job. Please could you have a go at the Mclaren and Mercedes, giving the merc the chrome that should be theirs, and changing the Mclaren’s silver to white (as it should be as Marlboro haven’t patented the colours read and white, and besides, vodafone is red and white!) This would be hugely appreciated :)

  10. Well Ferrari have to have white because that’s the colour used in their 2 main sponsors (Marlboro and Santander). I think the design of the current Ferrari livery looks good, and no one has mentioned the fact that they have a top of a Marlboro packet on the side of each car yet :)

    The black would look good if they went back to the proper colour of Ferrari (the more darker shade), but whilst they have Marlboro and Santander as their sponsors (who’s red’s are virtually the same shade) they won’t be changing any time soon, and that goes for using black and yellow like they used to as well.

  11. And whilst we’re on the subject of liveries….

    Does anyone think that Vodafone are gunna be on the ‘fone’ to McLaren soon about their livery? I ask this because looking at the car during a race you would think Lucozade is the main sponsor as that’s all you see. The only time you see Vodafone is on the drivers clothes and on the rare ocasion you see a camera shot from 90 degrees. They might as well be called Lucozade McLaren Mercedes.

  12. ErdeZGZ said on 31st March 2012, 18:56

    Amazing, these changes looks pretty good, but i prefer Ferrari only in red. Do you have more looks for other cars?

  13. Austin (@hypertek) said on 31st March 2012, 21:44

    09 cars looked great, I like the current wings, maybe just reduce the nose height, alla 09 Brawn GP001

  14. All the renditions by Jeremy look great.

    The Ferrari looks a lot like the beautiful Ferrari 641/2 and 643. They were, in my opinion, the best looking modern Ferrari F1 cars.

    The grey Sauber looked very good. But I doubt the sponsor logos would look good on TV.

    The Williams looks superb.

  15. IanW said on 1st April 2012, 14:38

    Can you please do that for all the cars???

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