2012 Car Launches & Pictures

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by phil1993 » 03 Feb 2012, 10:35

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by donald29 » 03 Feb 2012, 10:50

The Force India is a good looking car. Shame about the bump nose, but from there back it looks really nice. Lovely side-pods.

The front of the Ferrari looks like it's made from Lego. Bulky.

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by phil1993 » 03 Feb 2012, 11:13

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http://www.f1zone.net/news/gallery/2012 ... dia-vjm05/

We have updated the gallery with shots from all car launches so far

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by blizzard » 03 Feb 2012, 11:35

What's up with these ugly nose cones this year?

My god they look awful!

I heard that they were coming this year, but why?

Can anybody answer this question?

Thanks in advance
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Post by phil1993 » 03 Feb 2012, 11:37

I believe it is because the front has to be no higher than 55cm but then the bit above (getting technical here) has to be minimum of 62.5cm. Everyone is working out why McLaren looks so different. Go on Scarbs's blog, he'll make sense.

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by Omegablue » 03 Feb 2012, 11:40

Auni wrote:
iceman1 wrote:Image

:lol:



Graceful as a garbage! :lol:


And if it wins, it will be winning garbage. :lol:

But honestly, as a Ferrari fan, I'm rather shocked. The entire car is neat and curvy, and then the nose cone is horribly blocky.

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by Suomileijona » 03 Feb 2012, 11:43

The cars are so ugly! Only McLaren looks good. I really hope that the Lotus E20 won't be among those ugly ones!! :pray: :pray:

Many thanks for ugly pictures anyway. :p

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by phil1993 » 03 Feb 2012, 11:48

@byronf1: Word here is that exhaust gases and diffusers won't be a thing of the past. Prepare for controversy at Melbourne time.

@Jamesallenonf1: #f1 There are so many legality question marks around 2012 F1 cars apparently, that FIA's Charlie Whiting is going to attend Jerez test...

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by frubbs » 03 Feb 2012, 11:51

can we expect "all or nothing" for McLaren this season, based on its unique nose?
i mean, the performance must be diferent between the bump nose and the smooth one.
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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by iceman1 » 03 Feb 2012, 12:10

blizzard wrote:What's up with these ugly nose cones this year?

My god they look awful!

I heard that they were coming this year, but why?

Can anybody answer this question?

Thanks in advance

F1.com did a technical article explaining the new nose regulations:

http://www.formula1.com/news/technical/2012/0/929.html

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Post by KevC » 03 Feb 2012, 12:23

phil1993 wrote:I believe it is because the front has to be no higher than 55cm but then the bit above (getting technical here) has to be minimum of 62.5cm. Everyone is working out why McLaren looks so different. Go on Scarbs's blog, he'll make sense.

Yep and that transition in height is only covered by a 15cm window hence the big ugly steps.

I guess there is also a trade off between air over and under the car. McLaren have chosen a smoother nose but less air under the car. be interesting to see who is right. I guess we'll know when Adrian Newey shows his hand :)

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by KevC » 03 Feb 2012, 12:29

Gary Anderson on the BBC thinks McLaren have chosen the wrong nose.

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by F1Fan88 » 03 Feb 2012, 12:32

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McLaren have fixed the exhaust in the lowest most rearwards position possible, the tail pipe then pointing steeply upwards and inwards. From the limited view it would appear to direct the exhaust plume towards the outer span of the rear wing.

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Re: 2012 Car Launches & Pictures

Post by MavF1 » 03 Feb 2012, 12:45

F1Fan88 wrote:Image

McLaren have fixed the exhaust in the lowest most rearwards position possible, the tail pipe then pointing steeply upwards and inwards. From the limited view it would appear to direct the exhaust plume towards the outer span of the rear wing.


Ferrari seems to direct the gases someway beneath the brake duct.

What I like about the new cars so far is that although the regulation changes didn't seem to be big, we've seen some very differrent design philosophies from two of the top teams already.

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