The Italian media outlet, La Gazzetta have revealed their concept of Ferrari’s F1 car for the 2017 season.
So why should we pay attention? Previously revealed cars from other seasons have been remarkably close to their final renderings, likely pointing to La Gazzetta having a source within the team.
Details of the design are:
– Shark fin engine cover
– New nose (W07 style)
– Combustion chamber development
– Bigger intercoolers
The mention of ICE development fits in with the latest rumour from Italy that the team are attempting to compensate for the aero issues inherent with the car design. It might look great but will it be a lemon?
During the last major aero shakeup in 2009, Ferrari produced what is arguably the prettiest of the bunch. Unfortunately the F60 was not a great car and suffered with poor performance compared to it’s rivals. Admittedly the inclusion of the then new KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) proved heavy and certainly a hinderance rather than a benefit.
Ever since then, Ferrari have had issues correlating data between their wind tunnel, computer CFD (computational fluid dynamics – ie aero simulation) and real world track performance and this year appears no different.
Should the Tifosi be denied seeing their great marque challenge for wins for yet another year, and possibly even another rule set period – heads will certain roll (again) in Maranello.
It seems almost certain we’ll see ‘shark fin’ engine covers return to F1. Question is, do you – the Jury – like them?