Ferrari unveils F138 in Maranello
Scuderia Ferrari today unveiled the new F138 in Maranello. The team is hoping that the new car will be fast out of the blocks this season as last years slow start potentially cost Fernando Alonso the World Drivers Championship.
Ferrari’s 59th car in the F1 series derives its name from the year and the number of engine cylinders to mark the fact that this is the 8th and final year of the V8 Formula 1 engine. Ferrari has two active design teams at the moment, one responsible for the F138 and the other working towards the 2014 season and the introduction of a host of new regulations including a V6 turbocharged 1.6 litre engine. The F138’s design is evolutionary as the regulations are relatively unchanged from last year although according to Ferrari every single part of the new car has been revised to maximise performance whilst maintaining the extraordinary reliability of last years cars.
Like the McLaren MP4-28 and Force India VJM06 Ferrari has opted to use a vanity panel to obscure the stepped nose seen on last years car.
The design philosophy of the suspension has not changed but it has been refined to gain as much aerodynamic advantage as possible. The bodywork has been redesigned to accommodate changes to the exhaust layout as has the air intake mounted above the cockpit and the intakes to the sidepods again to aid aerodynamic efficiency.
As with the rest of the car the engine has been evolved and refined with the principle aim of maximising the performance throughout the life of the unit which has now reached an average of three races.
On the electronics side a key step is that the single control unit to be introduced for 2014 has been incorporated into the design ahead of schedule entailing a lot of work on both hardware and software to integrate and control all of its features. 01022013