Ferrari F2012

We`ve been waitng for this moment long time and this is the most interesting and exciting part of the championship – team presentations.

So the next after Caterham and McLaren was Ferrari.Due to snow in Maranello their presentation was cancelled and launch date moved to 3rd of February. We could also witness this event on-line,unfortunately i haven`t catch it,but i have watched the info a bit later.

Moving closer to the car.

I was pretty shocked when i saw the picture of the car,as the first thing that comes to your mind:”why the nose looks like that?” .Most of all team members comment it as a statement of 2012 regulations and restrictions.Felipe and Fernando claimed that the car now looks much aggressive.Though Fernando haven`t noticed the ugliness of the car,he said that he has never seen ugly Ferrari,and payed attention to the fact that all Ferrari cars have a great Style.”Red colour is a passion”

Practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised, starting with the suspension layout: both the front and rear feature pull-rods, aimed at favouring aerodynamic performance and lowering the centre of gravity. The front wing is derived from the one introduced on the 150º Italia in the final part of its racing life and has been evolved from there. Further evolutions are planned in this area for the opening races of the season. The nose has a step in it that is not aesthetically pleasing: with the requirement from the regulations to lower the front part, this was a way of raising the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible for aerodynamic reasons.

The sides have been redesigned, through modifications to the side impact structures, the repositioning of the radiators and revisions to all aerodynamic elements. The lower part of the rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered, a feature achieved partly through a new gearbox casing and a relocation of some mechanical components. In recent years, the area of exhausts has been crucial in terms of car performance and much effort was expended on this front, based on changes to the regulations introduced this year. The rear wing is conceptually similar to the one used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised and it is now more efficient.

TECHNICAL SPECS

CHASSIS

  • Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Gearbox: Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
  • Differential: Limited-slip differential
  • Command: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift
  • Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
  • Brakes: Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
  • Suspension: Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
  • Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg
  • OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13″

ENGINE

  • Type: 056
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: V 90°
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Pneumatic distribution
  • Total displacement: 2398 cm3
  • Piston bore: 98 mm
  • Weight: >95 kg
  • Electronic injection and ignition
  • Fuel: Shell V-Power
  • Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

Check out the video/photo footage of this event:

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