Ferrari F1 2012 | Review, Interior, Exterior, Price, Engine. - Caving to the wave of backlash over its now aborted five seater prototype, Ferrari has hastily redesigned its F1 car overnight, resulting in this ugly little duckling, the F2012. Force India unveiled its own duck-billed racecar as well. Click through for in depth details on these machines.
According to Ferrari, “The car is due to undergo a very intensive development programme over the first part of the season, especially on the aerodynamic front.” Jalopnik’s sources within Ferrari, who may or may not be figments of my imagination, believe this process will involve a lumberjack attacking the car with an axe. We expect this to be a highly successful effort to improve the car’s front end aesthetics.
Earlier today, Ferrari released the official photos and details of its new 2012 F1 Car. However, the live presentation of the car, which was supposed to take place at the company’s Fiorano test track in Italy at 10:30 local time tomorrow was cancelled, due to the extreme weather conditions.
Over the last few days, the area has seen frighteningly low temperatures, with blizzard dominating the scene. Maranello is now covered in snow, so even if Ferrari would manage to clear out the track for a demo run, the roads leading to it won’t allow the guests to arrive at the event.
Here’s the new one, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa’s 2012 contender, launched just now. And what can we say?… Possibly that it’s best viewed from above?…
Actually the plan photograph does show it to be an incredibly tidy design with an extremely narrow rear thanks to magical gearbox shrinking technology. The sidepods are also significantly abbreviated with some cute little aero tricks at the leading edge.
Then there’s the nose. We hardly need to say it. The explanation for McLaren avoiding the blight of the platypus snout is apparently that the boffins at Woking have always followed a lower nose aero concept, so making the tub work with this year’s new 7cm lower nose was less of a challenge.
The F2012 won’t be getting any shakedown miles any time soon. Fiorano is under a ton of snow. Next week, however, is the first official F1 test of the season. More significantly, Monday is the launch of the Red Bull RB8. It’s going to be interesting to see if Adrian Newey goes ugly, too. We somehow doubt it. Source: topgear.com, autoevolution.com, jalopnik.com.