28 February 2005
28 February 2005
The new F2005 Ferrari was launched in Maranello, Italy today, and was described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary despite radical regulation forced changes.
At today's launch Ross Brawn, the Technical Director at Ferrari suggested that there was no revolutionary changes despite the new regulations introduced for the 2005 season.
""Obviously, the biggest changes concern the aerodynamics, with a raised front wing, the rear one moved further inboard, and the floor and diffuser also undergoing modifications,” explained technical director Ross Brawn.
“There are no radical features of this car but logical progressions in all the areas that we feel make a good racing car,” he said of Ferrari’s 51st Formula One challenger. “It is stiffer, lighter, more stable, and, most importantly with the new tyre regulations, it should be less stressful on the tyres.”
The F2005 features heavily revised aerodynamics, in line with the 2005 regulations, coupled to a lighter but stronger chassis, designed to meet new, stricter FIA crash tests. There have been several bodywork changes to reduce the aerodynamic downforce. The front wing is raised, the rear wing is moved forward and the dimensions of the floor have changed in a 15% reduction in downforce. There have also been improvements in crash structures, wheel tethers and the introduction of anti-debris construction to critical parts of the bodywork, all designed to improve safety. The rear of the car has been redesigned around a new, smaller, lighter and stiffer seven-speed gearbox, made of titanium and carbon fibre.
Ross Brawn said that the transmission is a further progression, now utilising more carbon in the structure to improve stiffness and reduce weight.
The F2005 will not make its race debut until the Spanish Grand Prix on May 8.
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