The first two F1 cars of 2009 have been officially unveiled – so now we can get a close-up look at the pair of them and see where the designers have gone in different directions.
Here’s a look at the Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109 side by side.
Front wing (above)
The most striking difference between the F60 and TF109 at the front is the shape of the front wing and nose. The two teams have gone in distinctly different directions: Toyota’s nose is shorter than Ferrari’s, and has narrower connections between the wing and nose.
A glance at the top-down picture below, however, reduces the impression that the TF109’s front nose is much narrower than the F60’s. It can be tricky to figure out which differences are due to how the pictures were taken.
Ferrari’s front nose has extra flaps mounted inboard of the end plates to increase downforce – 2008-style bridge wings are banned. Both cars feature the moveable flaps allowed by the 2009 rules, but Toyota’s look simpler.
View from above
The top-down view reveals some more interesting differences. From the front of the sidepods back to the rear wheels the F60 is strikingly narrower and more tapered than the TF109. In front of the driver as well the nose seems much more slender on the Ferrari. Again, it’s hard to know how much of this is down to the difference in camera angles, but the Ferrari appears more svelte than its Japanese rival.
At the front of the sidepod we find the controversial bits everyone’s talking about. In Ferrari’s case, they’ve used a small opportunity for aerodynamic freedom afforded by the rules to attach their wing mirrors.
These constructions are smaller than similar devices seen in the past on the Renault R27, for example, and it remains to be seen whether they will be afflicted by the same vibration problems. It’s safe to say these are legal, but they do go against the spirit of the rules where were intended to remove such appendages from the sidepods.
The side-on view makes the difference in the front nose shapes very clear.
I’ve no idea why the regulations require the rear endplates to extend as far beyond the end of the main part of the rear wing as they do (advertising?) but it looks terrible. Toyoa have a cut taken out of the top of theirs which lessens their impact.
Tomorrow the McLaren MP4/24 is revealed and we’ll have a third 2009-spec F1 car to take a look at.
More pictures of the Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109
- Ferrari F60 launched at Mugello – pictures & video (2009 F1 car launches)
- Toyota reveals the TF109 – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)
Toyota images (C) Toyota F1 world; Ferrari images (C) Ferrari spa