Ferrari unveils its new F2012 F1 car

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 5, 2012

Virtually every area was revised on the F2012, the 58th car that Ferrari has built with the purpose of vying for the Formula 1 World Championship. Ferrari typically names these models after the year of manufacture. With the internal code number of 663, the project is the Scuderia’s interpretation of the technical and sporting regulations that apply this year. When compared to the 2011 version, the main revisions are mainly on the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management.

Primarily, the changes involve the suspension layout such as the front and rear feature pull-rods. They are meant to boost aerodynamic performance and to lower the centre of gravity. The front wing has its origins from the unit presented on the 150º Italia in the closing part of its racing life but it has since evolved. There are more evolutions expected in this aspect for the season’s opening races. The nose was aerodynamically enhanced and as a result, it isn’t aesthetically pleasing. The regulations require that the front part has to be lowered and this led to the raising of the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible.

The sides were redesigned with the use of modifications to the side impact structures. The radiators were repositioned and all aerodynamic elements were revised. At the lower part of the car’s rear, it appears a lot narrower and more tapered – a feature that’s partly attained with the use of a new gearbox casing and by relocating some mechanical parts.

In the past few years, this change on the exhausts has been critical when it comes to car performance. Due to the regulations presented this year, much of the focus was turned to this front. Its rear wing is conceptually similar to the one in 2011 but it has become more efficient and its every detail has been changed. Of course, it still features the DRS (a drag reduction system,) which is operated hydraulically. It has redesigned front and rear air intakes for the brakes. The braking system was optimized by collaborating with Brembo.

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