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

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  1. Great work, Jeremy Hancox. Was really impressed by your creativity and graphic skills.

    But can you modify some cars with wider track at the front and rear, wider rear wheel and low nose (with the nose cone tip touching the front wing)? Would love to see how that looks. I bet it would be awesome!

  2. René said on 3rd April 2012, 10:13

    That C31 would be the most gorgeous car on the grid! Loving the retro Ferrari look too.. Great stuff mr. Hancox!

  3. Platine (@) said on 4th April 2012, 8:41

    Lower and slightly wider rear wings – yes!
    No bumpy nose – yes!
    Narrower front wings – to match the rear – yes! Would also make racing easier, without fear of clipping your end plate and ruining your race.
    Surprise no team uses fluo livery, like Massa’s helmet, would stand out so much, surely great for advert revenue.

    Can’t wait for China !

  4. Well well well, “narrower front noses and wider, lower back wings”, well YES, that’s the pre-2009 configuration and it looked a lot more purpose-built, aggressive, than the current line up of big nosed ugliness.
    I think it could even reduce the front nose clipping incidents (and some resulting punctures like Vettel last race).

    Anyway these look great. I don’t particularly like the black on the Ferrari, has to be said, but the Sauber looks sweet. The Williams, I could see them using that livery maybe in one race as a tribute, perhaps the Brazilian grand prix, for Senna. Ayrton couldn’t finish the only brazillian GP he drove for Williams.

  5. Gissy said on 10th June 2012, 2:18

    Since 1998 until now they are all ugly anyway. I still can not get used to these narrowed wheelchairs. Bring back those 2m wide monsters

  6. The williams design brings back memories when it was the Rothmans williams of 1994, the car senna drove when he tragically died. To bad Bruno senna doesnt have a race seat as yet !

    agreed sauber looks HOT !

  7. Each new detail is something new for those who notice that. My opinion is that slight retro procedures, can significantly improve the appearance of car,s look. ;)

  8. baldgye (@baldgye) said on 17th January 2013, 13:46

    that Williams looks so nice

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