Sexy con­cept car could spur changes

Fer­rari has penned an F1 de­sign con­cept and asked the public for its feed­back, writes Mark Smyth

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

OUT of the blue, Fer­rari re­leased pic­tures of its idea of an F1 con­cept car. The tim­ing was per­fect be­cause it co­in­cided with a meet­ing of the F1 Com­mis­sion in Geneva where the main point of dis­cus­sion was changes to the reg­u­la­tions for 2016.

Fer­rari had been push­ing for a rule change that would move the field to adopt twin-turbo V8 en­gines, which would not only al­low it and the other man­u­fac­tur­ers to show­case their lat­est en­gine tech­nol­ogy but would also bring back the high-revving sound of a V8 en­gine to the F1 cir­cuits of the world.

Sadly, that re­quest was ig­nored by the com­mis­sion but many changes are on the cards and Fer­rari will be hop­ing that its sexy de­sign con­cept will spur the rule mak­ers into mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes.

The com­pany re­leased lit­tle The rear ap­pears to take a few de­sign cues from Le Mans cars. in­for­ma­tion on its con­cept though, in­stead choos­ing to ask the fans for their in­put.

“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?” the com­pany asked on its Scud­e­ria Fer­rari web­site. “And this could be made with­out hav­ing to over­turn the cur­rent tech­ni­cal rules.

“Let us in­tro­duce you to the ‘con­cept de­sign’ that was con­ceived by our de­sign stu­dio (Fer­rari Cen­tro Stile) to­gether with the Scud­e­ria’s aero depart­ment. Min­i­mal changes give the car a look that is way dif­fer­ent from what you have been familiar with so far. Our chal­lenge was to cre­ate some­thing that was — to put it short — bet­ter look­ing.”

No doubt the most suc­cess­ful team in F1 his­tory is hop­ing it can use the feed­back to put pres­sure on the man­age­ment of F1 to make changes that spec­ta­tors want to see. More im­por­tantly for Fer­rari it wants to get back to the days when it could use F1 to show and test its lat­est tech­nol- ogy. It is an area that has come in for crit­i­cism in re­cent years.

Teams have of­ten com­plained they are be­ing dic­tated to rather than be­ing al­lowed to in­flu­ence the rules to cre­ate a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship be­tween their F1 cars and their road cars.

Whether Fer­rari will suc­ceed in us­ing public feed­back to bol­ster its own lob­by­ing re­mains to be seen but there is no deny­ing the con­cept you see here is far bet­ter look­ing than the cars that will take to the grid when the new sea­son be­gins next month.

Fer­rari’s de­sign stu­dio penned this gor­geous con­cept F1 car.

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