Marussia MR02 launch: First pictures

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The Marussia MR02 has been revealed by the team at the dawn of the first day of testing for the 2013 season.

It marks a step forward from last year when they failed to complete their car in time for it to run during pre-season testing.

This is the fourth car produced by the team which entered F1 as Virgin in 2010 and are still seeking their first points finish.

Marussia say their new car is the first they have designed using a wind tunnel as well as CFD. It is also their first car to feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

The team have adopted a Coanda exhaust design as favoured by several teams last year.

“Whilst we have experienced some changes over the winter, the one area of stability we have enjoyed is the one that is most important to our progression from here, the design of our 2013 race car, led by our technical tirector Pat Symonds,” said team principal John Booth.

“We are confident that the MR02 is the product of evolving elements of last year?s package whilst integrating the new KERS system.

“It was said many times during 2012 that, notwithstanding the impressive steps we were taking in other areas of our development, KERS – or the lack of it – was the defining factor in determining our position relative to our immediate competitors.

“KERS was however a ??strategic omission? from our package until now; we opted to place the emphasis on aerodynamics, so that when we were in a position to bring the system to the car, we already had the strongest possible basis and its integration would be relatively straightforward.

“Thus far, this has certainly been the case, as our trackside engineering team have spent the winter refining their tools and preparing for the addition of KERS to ensure we can hit the ground running with effect from this week and use the short period of testing we have to get the car optimised for Melbourne.”

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71 comments on Marussia MR02 launch: First pictures

  1. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 5th February 2013, 8:05

    Marussia. You’re doing it wrong.

    That’s an F3 car. Pillocks.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th February 2013, 8:08

    I’m genuinely excited for Marussia this year. They made real, tangible progress late in 2012, and this car looks like it could be the natural extension of it. Everywhere I look, the MR02 is getting a remarkably positive reception. The team will be running KERS for the first time, and while the loss of Timo Glock will come as a blow to their fortunes, I think Max Chilton could surprise; he might be paying for his seat, but his excellent turn about in form in the GP2 Series between 2011 and 2012 suggests to me that he could deliver results that surprise.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th February 2013, 9:13

      Its nice to compare them to Caterham. Marussia have been a miss in their first year, the second year brought them to do away with the complete CFD approach and seek the partnership with McLaren. Last years car brought at least reliability and a solid base to build on. This years car looks like a step towards racing. Lets hope it works.
      Caterham compared stole a march on their rivals in the first year (fuelled by putting in far more money), made progress the second year, even at times challenged the midfield and was close to getting into the top 10 at times, but for this year their car (and line-up) looks like they are saving money on the season ahead to invest for 2014 (I hope).

  3. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 5th February 2013, 8:17

    Nice looking car. Looks like Indy car a bit. Doesn’t it?

  4. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 5th February 2013, 8:31

    Look at the tyres. P-Zero (points-zero?) on top!

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 5th February 2013, 9:04

      I was just about to say the livery might help in making the car look like an Indycar.

      I think that might be the largest/bulkiest air-intake and engine cover I’ve seen in a while. Love the livery, but regardless of aerodynamics, it looks a bit huge.

  5. Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 5th February 2013, 9:13

    Wow, it’s their fourth try already, and their third looked closer to a modern F1 car.

    At this point, it’s no wonder they can’t get sponsorships.

  6. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 5th February 2013, 9:27

    i hope the car is atleast half as quick as it looks

  7. BaKano (@bakano) said on 5th February 2013, 9:32

    The design of the car makes it look much longer than the other team’s cars! For sure it is not, but it really looks huge!

  8. Dave (@dworsley) said on 5th February 2013, 10:27

    Agree with the Indy car comments.

  9. Beto (@chebeto0) said on 5th February 2013, 10:50

    I really really really hope this beats caterham. I just like this team for some reason, although Glock is out :(. And I also think this is the best looking car of them all right now.

  10. vinicius.jlantunes (@vinicius-jlantunes) said on 5th February 2013, 11:07

    wow, that Marussia looks great! I wish they do well this year.

  11. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 5th February 2013, 12:18

    looking good marussia!

  12. James (@jaymz) said on 5th February 2013, 13:20

    I like it. Hope Caterham and Marussia stay in F1 and get faster.

  13. Meander (@meander) said on 5th February 2013, 13:27

    The car looks nice, a bit more mature, but still not particularly “smart”. It looks as if they have gone for all the best possible basic solutions, without pushing the limit anywhere.
    What worries me about this is that such a design concept might bring them closer to the midfield, but not on par with them, and certainly not better.
    While this is a play-it-safe way of working, I wish they were a bit more ambitious in their approach, as I know they must be in their hearts.
    Of course they are bound by budgets and deadlines, but this team are going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to improve their ranking in the field, and they are never going to find a bit of magic with a straightforward car.

  14. No Virgin sponsorship on the car?

    • BaKano (@bakano) said on 5th February 2013, 16:04

      They still had them last year, but Marussia took completely ownership of the team so it was expected that Virgin to “abandon” the team completely

  15. Have to say, something about the nose reminds me of the last-generation Indycar.

  16. Colm (@colm) said on 5th February 2013, 17:05

    Reminds me of an indycar

  17. Harry (@harry1990) said on 5th February 2013, 17:51

    very surprised to see no aon stickers, liking the livery though

  18. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 5th February 2013, 18:08

    Well I see they’re already running flo-vis paint… To me it looks alright in the mock up photos that most teams do, but on track it looks weird to me, kinda of too long like a high speed bullet train.

  19. StephenH said on 5th February 2013, 23:25

    Reminds me of a Midland ….

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