Sauber F1 Team launches 2013 spec C32-Ferrari car at Hinwil and live on the internet
The Sauber F1 team today launched its 2013 specification car designated the C32 powered by a Ferrari engine at its base in Hinwil, Switzerland and live on the internet at its own website and on YouTube.
The new car has a striking dark colour scheme and looks pleasantly sleek in its appearance. Unlike the other F1 cars launched this week the new Sauber seems to have a hybrid stepped nose design. That is, it has a stepped nose however it is not visible when viewed from the side as there are small raised fairings each side of the step meaning it is far less prominent and consequently more appealing to the eye..
As well as the nose section the car is noticeably slimmer around the sidepod area and at the back of the car, more so than its competitors designs. According to chief designer Matt Morris the airflow over this area dictated the design layout resulting in a radiator configuration that is very different to last years C31. As with last years car the engine, gearbox and KERS system are all supplied by Ferrari. The KERS system is last years design but has been optimised for packaging volume and weight. The rear axle is a totally new development and has been designed to better interact with the airflow around the rear of the car while further improving the management of the tyres.
The C32 was unveiled by the team’s new driver pairing of Nico Hulkenberg now going into his third season of F1 and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez who finished third in last year’s GP2 championship.
According to team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber now has a strong platform in place on which to build and continue its upward curve. The team improved last year by scoring 126 points compared to the 44 points scored in 2012 02022013