Toro Rosso STR9, Jerez, 2014

Toro Rosso STR9: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso STR9, Jerez, 2014

The Toro Rosso STR9 is the team’s first car with Renault power. Here are pictures of their 2014 contender at its launch at Jerez.

Team principal Franz Tost said the team had made their earliest ever start on the new car: “In 2014 the key parameters for success will be finding the best balance between deploying the power of the engine and managing the 100kg fuel limit per race, the use of the two energy recovery systems and, just as in the past, the tyres.

“Apart from the new rules, at Toro Rosso we have also had to adapt to a new engine partner and we are looking forward to working with Renault. One final new element for us is on the driver side, as Daniil Kvyat joins us to race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne. Both are very talented and we expect good things from them.

“With all these changes, some that affect everyone, others that are specific to Toro Rosso, it is really difficult to set targets or make predictions. However, it is clear we have to improve our performance and make a step forward.”

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121 comments on “Toro Rosso STR9: First pictures”

  1. The ‘extension’ has a shape that remind me of some of Sauber’s noses back when they had Sauber sponsoring, mostly the 1995 and 1998 cars. Except they were the actual noses and the Red Bull logo was on them..

  2. My first thought on seeing that nose was the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their “socks”. The gold paint makes the extension really “stand out” LOL

  3. Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I think that, if it weren’t for these horrifically phallic noses, these cars would look halfway attractive, aesthetically-speaking–what with the narrower front wing, bulkier exhaust/gearbox area, and lower nosecones (bar the tips). Quite possibly the prettiest for some time. Plus, there are some gorgeous liveries to boot (Force India, for example).

  4. Anyway, their existence is to just feed the RedBull team, so why couldn’t they produce at least a decent looking car? Now we all know that #TOROUNCHAINED #TOROUNDRESSED

  5. here is another angle. not pretty

  6. The Gonzo nose.

  7. Juampa Valverde
    27th January 2014, 18:43

    Such dong probably will make feel unconfortable to the driver/car in front.

  8. It looks like they designed the car, and then realised the nose had to be lower. So their solution was to just glue something with little drag on the front. McLaren and Williams have ‘anteater’ noses, Ferrari a ‘vacuum’ cleaner nose and Torro Rosso a penis nose. Let’s hope the cars revealed tomorrow don’t look as deformed…

  9. On the thumbnail picture for this article I didn’t notice the anteater part of the nose and I thought hallelujah! But then after looking at the picture much closely, I realised how truly horrendous the nose looks.

    1. I think that points out not having the gold on the tip is better no?

      I don’t understand why everyone wants to see that ugly nose in gold while TR is clearly trying to hide it with their livery.

  10. It’s horrible… but I’m so damn happy with the guys who came up with the livery and masked the tip of the nose that I didn’t expect it to happen and it doesn’t even bother me at all…

  11. think this is the best looker so far

  12. so after the ant-eater and the vacuum cleaner we have the Toucan !

  13. we will see a lot of broken noses this year….

  14. Hahaha, that’s so funny! All these cars are ugly as heck, but it sure is hilarious!

  15. Is there not a danger that, when polishing the nose, it will rise up and fall foul of the regulations.

    1. i saw what u did there,

    2. OK, that is DEFINITELY the COTD as far as I’m concerned!!! :)

  16. definitely the backs of all the cars look sick!

  17. With last years nose on it, this would have been a beautiful car.

  18. It would look so much better if the gold bit on the nose was on the ‘penis’ part, it wouldn’t look like an add on to the 2013 nose then.

  19. This one at least has a flow from the front, past the front wheels, past the sidepods and to the rear. An arc, if you will.
    That is about as much as one can ask under the current regs.

  20. This car is nice as well.

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