The HRT F111 has finally been unveiled in Barcelona today, althoyfh ;ack of parts meant it did not run.
That gives the team just a day of testing in the wet tomorrow before it’s shipped to Melbourne, unless they can squeeze in some private running somewhere, on the basis that they have not used all their days yet.
The car has been designed by a team led by technical director Geoff Willis and chief designer Paul White.
It uses a 2010 Williams gearbox, and like the other new teams, HRT will not have a KERS system this year. The chassis was made in Austria by CarboTech.
“Starting the programme to develop the F111 has been an enormous challenge,” said Willis. “The group of engineers working from many separate locations had to produce the 2011 HRT chassis to meet the new regulations, package the Williams LG14 transmission, design all new rear suspension to suit and develop a complete aero package.
“Given the tight time frame, I am very impressed with the result and the enormous efforts everyone has put in to achieve the objective. However we have to be realistic in our expectations of performance; this is very much a baseline car which the team must develop in 2011.”