Which team has the best-looking car of 2013?

Debates and pollsPosted on Author Keith Collantine

With any racing car, all that really matters is how fast it goes.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t also look good. And the introduction of ‘vanity’ panels to cover up the unsightly stepped noses which appeared on last year’s cars has produced some better looking racers this year.

But which is the best? Have a look at all eleven of the 2013 contenders below and pick you favourite.

Red Bull-Renault RB9

Red Bull RB9, 2013

Ferrari F138

Ferrari F138, 2013

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28

McLaren MP4-28, 2013

Lotus-Renault E21

Lotus E21, 2013

Mercedes W04

Mercedes W04, 2013

Sauber-Ferrari C32

Sauber C32, 2013

Force India-Mercedes VJM06

Force India VJM06, 2013

Williams-Renault FW35

Williams FW35, 2013

Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8

Toro Rosso STR8

Caterham-Renault CT03

Caterham CT03, 2013

Marussia-Cosworth MR02

Marussia MR02, 2013

Over to you

Which team has the best-looking car this year? Cast your vote below.

Which is the best-looking car of 2013?

  • Red Bull-Renault RB9 (3%)
  • Ferrari F138 (22%)
  • McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 (16%)
  • Lotus-Renault E21 (7%)
  • Mercedes W04 (3%)
  • Sauber-Ferrari C32 (28%)
  • Force India-Mercedes VJM06 (3%)
  • Williams-Renault FW35 (5%)
  • Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 (3%)
  • Caterham-Renault CT03 (3%)
  • Marussia-Cosworth MR02 (8%)

Total Voters: 720

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  1. I’d say Ferrari, then Lotus and Caterham (love the metallic green!).

  2. Tough choice between Marussia and Sauber, but I voted for the latter.

    1. Same choice, but voted for Marussia.

      1. I picked Marussia as well, their livery makes their lovely car appear even more beautiful! It looks so long and simple. The Sauber’s shape is perfect apart from the stepped-nose, and the dark colour of the livery doesn’t show the true beauty of the car in my opinion.

        1. Voted Marussia, shame it going to be really slow.

        1. Marussia, I mean.

    2. firstLapNutcaseGrosjean (@)
      20th February 2013, 17:25

      Sauber is the most ugly on circuit but very beautiful in photoshop. :|

    3. I find it interesting that the Sauber is voted the best-looking so far. At a glance it looks like the HRT of past and the livery is boring gray. I like the technical detail and find it interesting, but you have to be looking at it for more than 0.3 of a second to realize it is not an HRT. So it is difficult for me to understand why do people like it so much… Interestingly, when I asked my girlfriend which she thought was best-looking she said “This one is good!” as we scrolled past the Sauber.

      McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes and Williams are in my top group of best-lookers. Any of these could become my subjective best-looking car if it turns out to be quicker than the rest. Cars speed ads fair amount to its beauty, at least for me, and the opposite is also true. That and the similarity of the Sauber and HRT is probably why I dislike it so much.

      My vote went for the Macca. And if the Sauber wins this vote, which it probably will do, then the worst-looking car IMO will have been liked by the majority of the voters. And this never happens to me, but then again, this type of poll is the very definition of subjective opinion. By the way, I have nothing against Sauber, last year I thought their car was one of the best-looking.

      1. I would like to see the technical details of each car compiled somewhere. For example the lengths of the cars, because some cars seem longer and some seem shorter, but it is impossible to make any conclusions visually, because they are all quite similar.

        1. @mateuss

          I would like to see the technical details of each car compiled somewhere. For example the lengths of the cars

          Most of the front-running teams won’t give out that information. Indeed, Ferrari’s wheelbase was one of the bits of data McLaren found out from the ‘Stepney files’ in 2007.

    4. Yep, definitely…the Sauber, + nice team ! Too bad for Kobayashi, a shame really !

  3. Ferrari F138, rather different car compared with F2012 (at least best looking, but, hopefully, Ferrari might be very quick either).

  4. It’s McLaren MP4-28, not W04.
    And the McLaren is, as often, the best looking car.

    1. I totally agree. Mclaren is most of the times the best looking car.

    2. For me it’s either the McLaren or the Sauber. I also like the Marussia. You’re absolutely right about McLaren usually having the best looking car.

    3. have to agree!

      Red Bull once again by far the ugliest car though

    4. Same here.

      1. McLaren
      2. Sauber
      3. Ferrari
      4. Toro Rosso
      5. Marussia
      6. Williams
      7. Red Bull
      8. Force India
      9. Lotus
      10. Mercedes
      11. Caterham

  5. “McLaren-Mercedes W04” …… !?

  6. McLaren-Mercedes W04? Pretty sure it’s the MP4-28

  7. Ferrari, Sauber, Caterham.

    1. My three picks too. I might be inclined to put Caterham at the top if their nose was prettier. As it stands, Ferrari takes it.

      This time last year I chose the Lotus, but I’m not a fan of the additional red, and it still has an ugly nose as well, so it’s fallen down the order this year.

  8. First time I caught a glimpse of the Ferrari I couldn’t help but say out loud ‘oooooo sexy nice’ but that Sauber pipped it for me, just. Doesn’t help that I’m biased against Ferrari though.

  9. Marussia wins this hands down! They’ve had the best looking sinse they started in 2010 and I can’t see that changing tbh

  10. Caterham, a small team with a brilliant graphic designer… Almost makes up for the Alain Prost nose.

    1. @frankus28 Agree completely! A great looking car with that new green, but I must be one of the only ones to actually like Caterham’s nose, I don’t think it is ugly one bit!

      1. Also like the green – Can’t believe people like these dull grey/silver cars – we have three on the grid! Suaber to me looks real bad in Photos – completey boring!!! Thought some color would be more popular….

  11. I voted Marussia. They have to win something!

    1. I voted Marrusia as well.

  12. Wish I could vote for more than one team, but as it is, Sauber gets the vote from me.

  13. Best car shape – McLaren
    Best car livery – Red Bull

    Worst car shape – Williams
    Worst car livery – Lotus

    1. I reckon the Red Bull livery looks like something you’d throw together on Need for Speed, it’s just a load of random sponsor stickers with a few lines down the side and a couple of yellow blobs and I’ve always found it to be rather dull.

      1. @baneboy +1

        Don’t forget to mention the nitrous in the exausts ;)

      2. :)) That’s the perfect description for the Red Bull livery if there ever was one.

    2. I like Red Bull’s actually; I think it brightens the car up a bit from what was a rather dark shade of blue! Each to their own I suppose, it is rather busy!

  14. I’m quite surprised by the love for the Ferrari and Sauber. The Sauber isn’t bad, but the dent in the nose detracts. The Ferrari is plain ugly though- it has a stubby little nose, which isn’t helped by the front wing supports being too chunky, and it has the same knobbly humpback caused by the second inlet that it did last year. It’s a huge improvement from last year, but still pretty ugly bad to my eyes.

    For me it was a toss-up between McLaren and Force India, with McLaren winning as I didn’t quite like the Force India’s nose as much from anything other than profile.

    1. The Marussia also wasn’t bad, but I struggled to look past the livery which I find isn’t very cohesive.

      The Caterham reminds me too much of a caiman.
      The Toro Rosso, despite lovely sidepods, has a nose which is too sharp and square (the same problem as the Ferrari).
      Williams also has a nose that looks sawn off.
      The Mercedes is quite nice, but the nose isn’t quite right from most angles.
      Lotus has a nose which is too beak-like.
      The front of the Red Bull is crooked, and the purple hue makes the livery look too busy.
      McLaren could perhaps do with a slightly livened-up livery. Otherwise, it’s nice and simple, looks clean, and the stance looks very planted from the front (although the profile isn’t quite so nice).

      1. @matt90 – I keep thinking it’s like an ugly girl putting make-up on: it’s an improvement but still it’s not a thing of beauty to behold. The F2012 was an inherently ugly car and putting a vanity panel on it in my eyes doesn’t make it a pretty car. There are better ones out there, such as I think the Sauber (despite the half-step) and the McLaren.

    2. Not sure on the Sauber, but I fully agree with what you say about the Ferrari (maybe people just being relieved to see its not as ugly as last year?) @matt90. I also agree with you on the Force India, the orange nose is good looking but only from the profile.
      As for the Lotus, Caterham and or Red Bull (talking about broken looking noses), I have trouble understanding why people would vote for them on looks, even if the green is bright, the purple daring and the black and gold a classic.

      Not decided yet, as I think Marussia is in with a good chance as well, so I will wait a bit before voting.

      1. @bascb One of the things I like about the Force India is the livery. It’s bright, and looks interesting and fast.
        I think another problem with the Sauber is that the livery is so much better than last year (that was really awful) that lots of people are drawn in. And it isn’t a bad livery. But it is pretty plain. Slightly bland even, compared to many of the others.

    3. Tastes differ. For example, I hate the shape of the Force India and really dislike the silver on the Mclaren and Merc. Ferrari’s style is raw and racey.

    4. I agree regarding the Ferrari; it’s not as ugly as the 2012 car, but far from being good looking particularly around the front of the car. However, for some reason, I absolutely love the “dent” in the Sauber’s nose.

  15. @KeithCollantine One of the Williams car pictures show the 2012 car.

    1. @arrrang It’s this year’s car with a nose they were testing this morning.

  16. Close call between Sauber and Caterham for me but I had to give it to the big Green Machine. I agree with the wishes of others, I wish I could vote for multiple cars. I’m supprised at the McLaren love as its looked the same for so many years its boring now, Red bull have just gone a step too far with the new purple and there is too much going on now. Torro Rosso are a close third place but not as good as Sauber or Caterham IMO

  17. It’s really tough to pick only one car.. I like every one of them except for the C32 (sorry, the livery looks horrible to me).
    I think I’m going to vote Force India, I’ve always loved their livery.

  18. The Williams front wing seems something taken out of an aliens movie. I loved it.

  19. Sauber, no contest. I can’t believe how well the Ferrari is doing. That thing is hideous!

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