That car is so
ugly I feel like I could barf at the sight of it.
Domenicali did warn that the car would be ugly, but even so it is a little disappointing that the car has turned out to be quite so ugly. That nose section looks especially awkward - at least Force India and Caterham have attempted to smooth the junction between the nose and the front of the survival cell, but on the F2012 it looks like somebody just took a ruler and drew a straight line across the top.
Looks like Piola was also a little optimistic with some of his claims - he seems to have got the shape of the nose and the switch from push to pull rod suspension though (the layout of the front suspension looks quite interesting). I'm also curious where the exhausts exit on this car - I guess that they are housed within those extensions of the sidepods, but surely that would mean the exhausts were angled downwards, possibly towards the fins around the rear brakes, when the regulations state they must point upwards.
Also, taking a look at the pictures of the VJM-05, although the angles make it a bit tricky to judge from, it looks like their exhausts exit much closer to the centreline of the car than seemed to be the case on the other cars which have been launched so far. They also seem to have done a decent job with getting clear airflow over the top of the floor too with that fairly sizeable undercut - it seems that Force India reckon that Toro Rosso's design philosophy might have a fair amount of potential to it.
solarcold wrote:I must admit that caterham platypus nose looks better that the Ferrari and FI ones. at least for me.
Okay, time to classify what we've got.
3. Force India
I really wonder what we'll have next and what way proves to be efficient.
Going by recent comments in the press, you can probably add Sauber in the top category (Peter Sauber himself referred to a "step" in the nose), and possibly Toro Rosso as well (Ascanelli has hinted that they have also gone for the stepped nose).