Daily Archives: February 8, 2011

Force India VJM04 launched

The new Force India VJM04

The new Force India VJM04

Force India were the last F1 team to unveil their 2011 car. Today saw the launch of the VJM04 online.

Despite the apparent use of the 2010 front wing, other changes have been made to the sidepods, nosecone, undertray and rear suspension. The livery has also been altered, with a clash of orange and green at the back. Like all of the other teams, the shark fin engine cover has been dropped.

The roll-hoop air intake has been changed from a conventional system to a “blade” design, which was first introduced by Mercedes last year, although they have since ditched the layout.

Mercedes engines will be used as per last year, as well as Mercedes-designed KERS systems.

This is the first car for Force India to be designed by Andrew Green. While they finished 7th in last year’s constructor’s championship, the team say they want to be in the top 5 in 2011.

Green explained in detail the changes to the car:

“The most obvious visual change is that we’ve gone away from a conventional roll-hoop 
to a blade. This gives us a small packaging improvement compared to a more 
conventional style.

The engine cover is different, in-line with the abolition of the F-duct system. But 
there are a lot of differences under the skin that people won’t necessarily notice.

We’ve recovered a lot of the aerodynamic performance, we believe. We still have a 
little bit to go, but we are still in the process of the realignment after the end 
of last season, because it does take a long time to move aerodynamically from one 
position to another.

The movable wing is a whole new game, and we’ll be trying to exploit its performance 
to the max.

Exhaust management will also be a big area of development this year. There will be 
an upgrade for the first race, so there are some changes that will come into effect 
at the Bahrain test. Further down the line there are some big updates for the front 
of the car coming in for the first European race.

The Mercedes KERS system looks very strong, and we’re really happy with it.

We’ve done a lot of running in the simulator, so the drivers are well up to speed 
with how to use it. We’re well developed with what we have to do for harvesting and 
deployment. It’s smaller and lighter than in 2009, and packaging required very few 
vehicle compromises.”

HRT F111 revealed

The new HRT F111

The new HRT F111

Hispania Racing are the second last team to show off their 2011 car: The F111.

This car was launched online today, and reveals a new livery, designed by renowned Daniel Simon of Cosmic Motors. Instead of last year’s bland grey,  striking red and white setup has been applied, with various chequered flag-style pictures around the car.

The new HRT F111

The new HRT F111

Technically, there are several changes. Both the front and rear wing are revised, as well as a half-shark fin engine cover, similar to the Red Bull RB7.

Despite the addition of Narain Karthikeyan, who brings along with him several sponsors, the car does not include any extra sponsors. Instead, the team have placed “This could be you” and “Your logo here” messages on the car – although you could argue that the former message was aimed at drivers rather than companies!

HRT are not going to participate in the next test in Jerez next week. They will instead be going to Monza on the 14th-16th February, to complete several filming days with Pirelli. They will meet up with the F1 paddock in Barcelona on the 18th. However, sources have claimed that the F110 will be used at this Barcelona test, and the F111 will only be driven in the Bahrain test (3rd March), which suggests that the car isn’t fully finished yet.