Ferrari’s new F138 is being unveiled to today, and the good news is the car looks a lot better than its predecessor, as like McLaren the team has taken the advantage of the new ‘vanity panel’ step cover rule.
The car has been designed in large part in the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne, and the team is keen to point out that it has a separate group already hard at work on the 2014 turbo car.
Ferrari says that the F138 is an evolution of last year’s car, but adds that “every single part has been revised in order to maximise performance, while maintaining all the characteristics which were the basis of last season’s extraordinary reliability.”
The car retains pull rod suspension front and rear, but the team says that it has “been refined to the limit, in order to gain as much aerodynamic advantage as possible, especially at the rear.”
The air intakes are different, as is the layout and positioning of the exhausts.
The rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered at the bottom, while the wings on the launch car are derived from last year’s. The DRS has been revised to cater for the fact that it cannot be used on the whole lap in qualifying.
Ferrari says that “during both the design and production stages, great attention has been paid to weight reduction and on increasing rigidity. This theme was carried out through all departments working together – Chassis, Engine and Electronics and Production.”