Ferrari F2002 launched at Maranello

Ferrari F2002 launched at Maranello

The F2002 is the forty eighth Ferrari single-seater conceived specifically to contest the Formula 1 World Championship. The design philosophy follows that of the F2001. Ferrari have optimised the aerodynamic efficiency, lowered the centre of...

The F2002 is the forty eighth Ferrari single-seater conceived specifically to contest the Formula 1 World Championship. The design philosophy follows that of the F2001. Ferrari have optimised the aerodynamic efficiency, lowered the centre of gravity and created the optimum conditions to maximise the performance of the 051 engine and the Bridgestone tyres. Despite the continuity of the regulations and apparent aesthetic similarities, all aspects of the car have been completely redesigned to achieve improvements in performance.

The new Ferrari F2002.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.

The chassis is new, both in terms of its design and construction, resulting in a weight reduction and greater structural integrity. The sides pods, radiators, exhausts and the rear of the car are also completely new, achieving an improvement in the cooling and aerodynamic performance.

There have been some minor changes to the technical regulations, resulting in the power-steering being operated mechanically rather than electronically. Both front and rear suspension groups have been revised not only optimising the performance and consistency of the Bridgestone tyres but with particularly attention on optimising the aerodynamic package.

On the mechanical side, the 051 engine, like its predecessor is load bearing and mounted longitudinally, as is the transmission. The latter is completely new and novel, especially in the usage of materials and the method of gear selection. The gearbox, cast in titanium, has seven sequential gears, hydraulically operated. The materials used in transmission and engine have been specially developed to reduce weight and bulk. The exhausts remain high level, a Ferrari trend now followed by the rest of Formula One.

Much attention has been paid to lowering the centre of gravity and optimising the weight distribution on both chassis and engine as a complete package. The design and manufacturing standards of Ferrari have meant the creation of a car in which every component is produced to the utmost standard ensuring the highest possible level of safety, performance and reliability.

The F2002 is an all new car despite similarity to last year's model; all aspects of the car have been redesigned. The chassis is lighter with greater stuctural integrity while the aerodynamics and cooling systems have been improved.

Model: F2002

Engine: 3000 Ferrari (Type 051), V10
Total Displacement: 2.997 cm3
Timing Gear: 40 valves
Fuel Feed: Magneti Marelli digital electronic injection
Ignition: Magneti Marelli static electronic ignition

Transmission: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox, limited-slip differential, 7 gears + reverse

Chassis: Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Front Suspension: Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Rear Suspension: Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Brakes: Ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Length: 4.495 mm
Width: 1.796 mm
Height: 959 mm
Front Track: 1.470 mm
Rear Track: 1.405 mm
Kerb Weight: 600Kg (with water and oil)
Wheels: 13"

-ferrari-

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