Ferrari has recently launched the new F150, its 2011 spec challenger, with no less than its future drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa presenting it to the media at Maranello. Ferrari expects this vehicle to end its titles drought in the Formula 1 championship.
Except for a higher nose and a more sculptured sidepods, there aren’t any visible differences between the Ferrari F150 and the 2010-spec F10. The major changes are centered on the technology.
The new rules imposed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) mean that “the car is a proper cut compared to the previous one,” according to Ferrari's technical director Aldo Costa.
The new rules don’t ask for a change in looks but Costa said that “from a technical point of view they will be really different.”
Costa added that Ferrari had to design the new car from scratch, because of the FIA ban related to the F-duct system and the double diffuser.
Instead, Ferrari brought back the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) along with an adjustable rear wing. These are the elements that have kept Ferrari’s engineers busy throughout the winter.
In terms of appearance, the only difference between the 2010-spec F10 and the recently released Ferrari F150 is that the latter has more sculpted sidepods and higher nose. This is because the real changes are concentrated more on the technologies built in the Ferrari F150.
One reason for this, according to Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa, is that the International Automobile Federation put in place a new rule to say that the car should be a proper cut when compared to the previous model. Costa revealed that when it comes to appearance, the rules state that they should be unchanged.
As such, he continued, the new car is similar to the one released the previous year but on a technical standpoint, there are some differences. Costa further revealed that the brand had to design this new model from zero.
The main reason is that the FIA banned the use of the double diffuser and F-duct system. The brand though did bring back the Kinetic Energy Recovery System and even the adjustable rear wing.
These were the components that engineers at Ferrari put a lot of time working on and even through all of winter. According to Costa, the evolution of the car involved two important phases. One of this occurred during the tests conducted in winter.
It was during this stage, Costa explained, that the company developed the mechanical elements which included the structure, chassis, suspension, and gearbox. These parts are expected to be the same especially for the first few races.
In addition, the aerodynamics of the vehicle was simplified for the duration of the initial tests prior to the real aerodynamic development done for the first race, he explained further. The media event was also attended by none other than Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari.
The brand’s president publicly congratulated Fernando Alonso for his campaign with the Prancing Horse in the previous year. Meanwhile di Montezemolo shared that Felipe Massa was the brand’s "little child" and said that it was his brother who had been driving the Ferrari for the previous years and that now the real Massa is back.