The new BMW Sauber C29
The BMW Sauber C29 was released today in Valencia.
The car, at the moment, has no sponsors. However, it is known that Scalp-D, a Japanese shampoo (ooh, exclusive!), and watch brand Certina have been confirmed as main sponsors. The logos were not ready to be put on the car in time, it is believed.
The livery itself just looks stupid. The white is not even slightly changed, the black is just boring, and the blue stripe on the nose is just a free ad for BMW. Then, the front and rear wings are just plain black, with absolutely no imagination. Even the small red stripe, which featured on last year’s BMW Sauber, hasn’t changed.
To make matters even worse, there is absolutely no colour whatsoever in the driver overalls. Just look at it, it’s plain white. How bloody mind-numbing are these designers? I’m just hoping that this is just a temporary livery design.
The car has been significantly changed, however. The front and rear wings have been completely redesigned (note the 2009 McLaren-style rear wing endplate lift). The nose cone is 2009 Ferrari style – very long and slightly narrow. Also, the car features a McLaren style engine intake support. The shark fin engine cover has also been retained.
Comparison photos are available here.
Just to add to current woes, the diffuser has yet again been covered over. I can’t help but feel another huge argument brewing because of this. I’ll write more about this later.
Specifications of the car have also been released:
Chassis: Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension: Upper and lower wishbones (front and rear), inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods (Sachs Race Engineering)
Brakes: Six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon pads and discs (Brembo, Carbon Industries)
Transmission: Ferrari Seven-speed quick shift gearbox, carbon, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Chassis electronics: MES
Steering wheel: BMW Sauber F1 Team
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza
Length: 4,940 mm
Width: 1,800 mm
Height: 1,000 mm
Track width, front: 1,495 mm
Track width, rear: 1,410 mm
Weight: 620 kg (including driver, tank empty)
Willy Rampf said this about the C29:
“The increased length of the fuel tank means the car has grown longer overall. And because they are slimmer, the front tyres will be more heavily worked, requiring weight to be shifted further towards the rear of the car.”
“An eye-catching feature of the C29 is its highly intricate raised nose. Also very distinctive is an extremely long undercut at the transition from chassis into underbody. These and other aerodynamic measures also help to ensure optimum airflow to the double diffuser. Further changes were required to integrate the Ferrari engine and, in particular, the Ferrari gearbox.”
Ther are no videos available yet, but if there is I will upload it in due course.
Pictures from the launch: