Ferrari has unveiled its machine for this year’s Formula 1 (F1) season. It’s called the SF70H, which the Italian carmaker boasts as its 63rd challenger to compete in the said prestigious motor sport.
The Ferrari SF70H was engineered to meet the new F1 season rule changes set for this year by the FIA or the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. These include tweaks on aerodynamic and chassis design that’s geared toward adding more downforce and grip, especially when cornering.
Compared to last year’s machine, the SF70H showcases a longer nose cone. This is highlighted by an FIA spec front wing that generates additional downforce. On both sides of the SF70H are fins located just ahead of the side pods. These fins assist smooth air flow. Also new on the sides are wider skirts or “floors.” At the back of the racecar resides a redesigned diffuser and an improved rear wing design.
The car’s suspension layout was also updated, yet still retains its basic structure including a push-rod type suspension up front and a pull-rod type at the rear. All the said aerodynamic and chassis design changes are topped-off with a set of wider front and rear tires and a generally wider body.
The Ferrari SF70H is propelled by a turbocharged 1.6L V6 engine with an 8-speed transmission. Its performance is also boosted by what’s called an “Energy Recovery System” (ERS). This ERS collects energy generated from braking force and the exhaust system. It then converts the said energy into additional power output for the engine.
With just roughly 3 weeks ‘til the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season, the Ferrari team is subjecting the SF70H to pre-season shakedowns at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Driving for team Ferrari this year is Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The 2017 Formula 1 season will be holding its opening round on March 26 in Melbourne, Australia.