Pre-Season 2012 New Car Images & Discussion

GeoffP

Wake me when we’re there
Contributor
Unconvinced either way - but with the way the nose lifts is there really room in there for the drivers legs - I know these guys are short, but...
 

Vortex

Race Winner
That’s just hideous, why couldn’t the rules allow a sloping nose to the required front height instead of the step all the way back?

Uglier and uglier cars, dull soulless tracks, fake DRS overtaking, corporate speaking drivers.. F1 just gets better every year.
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
Contributor
Unconvinced either way - but with the way the nose lifts is there really room in there for the drivers legs - I know these guys are short, but...
I wondered about that.The regulations state the drivers feet must be behind the front axle centre line.
And surely that big hump must play havoc with the arflow over the car.

Didn't someone say in the new nose height regulations thread that we wouldn't really notice a difference in the new lower noses.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
That was me LOL Didn't realise that the teams would take the opportunity to make the cars as ugly as possible, my assumption was that there would be a gentle curve down to the new max height (like the 09 Brawn nose). Maybe Mike Gascoyne got his inspiration from a new staircase he had just put in at his house.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
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Vortex

Race Winner
That was me LOL Didn't realise that the teams would take the opportunity to make the cars as ugly as possible, my assumption was that there would be a gentle curve down to the new max height (like the 09 Brawn nose). Maybe Mike Gascoyne got his inspiration from a new staircase he had just put in at his house.

That’s what I meant when I said I wish the rules would allow it to slope, but I guess all the cars will have those noses or very similar with the new rules, though I hope not.
f1_steppednose-2012.jpg

http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/f1-2012-rules-designs-and-trends/
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
Contributor
That was me LOL Didn't realise that the teams would take the opportunity to make the cars as ugly as possible, my assumption was that there would be a gentle curve down to the new max height (like the 09 Brawn nose). Maybe Mike Gascoyne got his inspiration from a new staircase he had just put in at his house.
Sorry FB.Couldn't resist. LOL Must say I never expected anything like Gascoyne has come up with.
 

Dizzi

Podium Finisher
Canis - I agree with you, the upper fin on the wing definitely looks a lot shorter on one side than the other, the fin with CNN written on it looks twice as long.
It's an ugly brute isn't it, very square for a streamlined car & I'm not keen on the spatula nose.
Would still like to try driving one :)
 

Brogan

Legend
Staff Member
On a side note, it was extremely shortsighted of Caterham and F1 Racing to not realise that magazine subscribers almost always receive copies a day early.

A bit of a PR disaster all round.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Don't the teams use Focus Groups to find out if a car is liked by the paying public? F1 teams would never survive in the real World would they?
 

Brogan

Legend
Staff Member
Andrew Benson on Twitter:

I'm told by highly reliable sources that the vast majority of the teams will have similarly ugly noses to the Caterham, owing to regs

Teams objected to original proposal to lower the height of the front bulkhead because of problems in packaging suspension
 
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