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Ferrari F2012 Formula 1 Car

Ferrari has published images with their new F2012 Formula 1 car this morning, the fifty eighth car built by the Prancing Horse with the purpose of competing in the F1 World Championship.

Ferrari claims that the main changes applied to the F2012 single seater when compared to last year's challenger concern the height of the front section of the chassis, or simply put the nose sits higher now, while the exhaust pipes have been repositioned and the electronic engine management system has been remapped.

Even though Ferrari accepts that the nose of the car is not aesthetically pleasing, they say they had to lower the front part in order to comply with the F1 regulations.  

The suspension has also been revised as the car now uses pull-rods both front and rear in order to improve aerodynamics while the front wing is derived from last year's car.  

Further improvements are are going to be performed on the F2012 F1 car until the new season kicks of but for now here are the important technical specs that Ferrari has mentioned in today's press release.

Chassis

    Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
    Gearbox: Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
    Differential: Limited-slip differential
    Command: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift
    Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
    Brakes: Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
    Suspension: Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
    Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg
    OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13"

Engine

    Type: 056
    Number of cylinders: 8
    Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: V 90°
    Number of valves: 32
    Pneumatic distribution
    Total displacement: 2398 cm3
    Piston bore: 98 mm
    Weight: >95 kg
    Electronic injection and ignition
    Fuel: Shell V-Power
    Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

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