Ferrari present the F2012 online 03 Feb 2012
After being forced to cancel their planned launch ceremony due to snow, Ferraris presented their 2012 car to the world via the internet on Friday morning. The F2012 will make its testing debut at Jerez in Spain next week.
As predicted, the Italian teams new machine uses a stepped-nose design to meet new regulations on front chassis height and practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised from its 2011 predecessor.
The rear suspension is now a pull-rod layout, in line with recent trends, but interestingly so is the front. Both changes are aimed at improving aerodynamic performance and lowering the F2012s centre of gravity.
The sidepods 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. The exhausts now exit through the bodywork, in line with the new rules designed to prevent the use of exhaust-blown diffusers.
The rear wing, equipped with a hydraulically-operated DRS (Drag Reduction System), is conceptually similar to the one Ferrari used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised for improved efficiency. The front wing is derived from the one introduced on 2011s 150º Italia in the final part of its racing life. The team plan further evolutions in this area for the opening races of the season.
The front and rear air intakes for the brakes have been redesigned and work was carried out in collaboration with brake suppliers Brembo to optimise the braking system.
With technical regulations preventing internal modifications to improve performance, the F2012s engine is an evolution of the one that powered last years Ferrari. However, the team have put much effort into improving its installation in the new chassis, so as not to penalise the aerodynamics of the car. Another area on which the Maranello engine specialists have been working is performance drop off, with the aim of maintaining the highest possible performance level throughout each engines cycle of use, which has now reached an average life of three races.
The electronic management of the engine has been revised based on the modifications to the rules regarding the off-throttle use of exhaust gases, a task that has required a great deal of attention and many hours on the test bed, while the F2012s KERS system maintains its low central location in the car - a choice also aimed at maximising safety - and has undergone an update directed mainly at reducing its weight and improving the efficiency of some of its components.
The F2012 is the 58th car built by Ferrari with the express purpose of taking part in the FIA Formula One World Championship.
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