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    2013 F1 Season: Car Intro

    Some F1 news, is always the exciting new car introductions around end of Jan-February.
    Is it just me or are this seasons cars really nice so far.. at least I very much like them.
    See below the introductions as they roll in.

    2013 Scuderia Ferrari F138
    (2013 - V8)

    This is the F138, the Formula One challenger that Ferrari CEO Luca de Montezemolo describes as "hopeful" and the eighth and final version of a Scuderia Ferrari Formula One car with a V8 engine – for now. The last digit in this car's name pays homage to that cylinder count, while the first two digits represent the year; next year the regulations will mandate 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s.

    The Scuderia did well in pre-season testing last year but at the first race found itself almost two seconds down on the other top teams. With no significant changes to the regulations for 2013, Ferrari focused on weight loss, making components smaller and making the package more rigid, refining every aspect of a car that's essentially an evolution of last year's F2012. The front suspension has been redesigned for aero benefit, and the rear suspension is completely new. The front and rear wings are evolutions, and there's a new air intake design above the cockpit and redesigned intakes on the sidepods. The rear bodywork forms a much narrower package around the redesigned exhaust system, and the KERS is smaller and lighter.

    Getting a jump on the 2014 car that will be a clean-sheet design under the new technical regime, Ferrari has integrated the spec TAG 320 electronic controller unit to this year's car. Forbidden from raising the power performance of the engine, the F1 team has worked on maintaining that performance over the three-race life of the engine. And yes, that's a vanity panel over the stepped nose in front.

    Ferrari's 12-year-old wind tunnel needs modernizing, so it's doing all of the aero work for the F138 at the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany. There are already updates planned for each of the three pre-season test sessions and the first race in Melbourne, so the F138 pictured here is predicted to look "quite different" than the one on the first grid of the season.



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    2013 McLaren MP4-28

    McLaren F1 hasn't gone into much detail on the changes included in its brand new MP4-28, which might cause a double-take since it has the same lines and paint job as last year's car. We're told, however, that under the skin it is a new beast, team managing director Jonathan Neale saying that instead of evolving last year's race-winning car it made more sense to be more ambitious and provide a more open-ended development track.

    The front suspension is a pull-rod type like the one used by Ferrari, which is a change from last year, and the sidepods and rear bodywork are probably the most notable of the other upgrades. McLaren hopes the "deep and sweeping re-design" will avoid the mid-season slump of last year; the team had the fastest car to start and end the 2012 season, but it played catch-up during the meaty part of the year. As we can expect with probably every major team on the grid, upgrades are already planned, McLaren saying there's a big package being prepared for the second test. Returning driver Jenson Button now leads the team after Lewis Hamilton's departure to Mercedes, and is paired with ex-Sauber driver Sergio Perez.

    The two videos below will get you a closer look at their steeds: The first video is the television presentation – the action starts at 31:52, the second gets some close-up shots of the silver bullet.



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    On looks alone the McL has the Ferrari beat. I can't wait for the season to start so we can measure the performance of these babies. Hopefully Ferrari will be more competitive this year. 

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    On looks alone the McL has the Ferrari beat. I can't wait for the season to start so we can measure the performance of these babies. Hopefully Ferrari will be more competitive this year. 

    I expect it to be.. New Sauber and RB9 are stunning!!!

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    I've liked all of the cars so far to be honest!  I love the black and white stripes on the Ferrari.


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    They certainly aren't elegant in appearance!

    I hate those "high-nose" profiles, wish FIA would change rules to make profiles more aesthetically pleasing.


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    Then your wish has been granted, but you'll have to wait until next year. High noses are banned from 2014.

    Maximum nose height for 2013 is 550mm for 2014 it's 185mm. Smiley

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    Great news indeed!


    thank you.



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