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Is this how F1 cars of the future will look?

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Is this how F1 cars of the future will look?
Feb 17, 2015, 3:46 PM

As the Formula One Commission met in Geneva to discuss possible directions the sport may head in over the coming years, Ferrari has unveiled a vi...

As the Formula One Commission met in Geneva to discuss possible directions the sport may head in over the coming years, Ferrari has unveiled a vision of how future F1 cars might look, courtesy of its Ferrari Design concepting department.

Revealed on a micro-site within the Ferrari web portal and with an invitation to fans to comment on the concept, the company's F1 Concept design shows a futuristic silhouette with a double-decker front wing, a driver helmet designed to fit the flow of bodywork, low-profile tyres on large rims and rear wheels partly housed inside a low and wide rear wing assembly.

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Under discussion at today's F1 Commission meeting were widely publicised plans for 1,000hp engines, as well as wider cars –  reintroducing the maximum width of 2000mm last used in 1997 instead of the current 1800mm, and a lower rear wing – and wider rear tyres.

However, despite reported consensus among team regarding plans to change the look of Formula One cars, the timing of the introduction of the changes is believed to have split teams, with a decision reached to defer changes until 2017, when a new tyre contract will be in place and more time can be devoted to making one of the most important changes to F1 for generations.

This concept by Ferrari shows a way for F1 to make more aggressive, eye-catching cars, which also allow manufacturers like themselves, Mercedes, Renault and Honda a chance to put more of their own brand DNA into an F1 car's appearance, which would have immense benefit for them compared to today's cars. It might encourage brands like Audi to look more seriously at F1 participation.

Interestingly it retains the open cockpit; the FIA Institute has conducted studies around cockpit canopies in response to accidents like those of Felipe Massa in F1 and Henry Surtees in F2, where an object hit the driver's head. The practical problems of a canopy have not been overcome but it remains on the back burner as an idea. Ferrari clearly think that open cockpit is essential to a single seater F1 car.

A Ferrari statement accompanying the images said: "Would it be possible to come up with an F1 car which not only is technologically advanced, but also captivating to the eye and aggressive-looking? And could this be made without having to overturn the current technical rules? At Ferrari, we believe so. Let us introduce you to the ‘concept design’ that was conceived by our design studio (Centro Stile Ferrari) together with the Scuderia’s aero department.

"Minimal changes give the car a look that is way different from what have been familiar with so far. Our challenge was to create something that was – to put it short – better looking."

Have they got it right? Comments on the Ferrari design can be left here but we'd love to get your thoughts on this possible direction for F1 here, as well as your opinions on what you feel is the right way forward for the look of F1 cars.

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