Ferrari came in third in last year's Constructor's Championship. This year, the Italian racing team is aiming for number one with their brand new SF70H.
The SF70H is the Scuderia's 63rd single-seater Formula 1 car. Considering the new F1 rules for 2017, the racing team focused their development efforts on finding the perfect balance between aerodynamic resistance/drag and downforce.
According to Formula 1, the new race car features a lengthened nose and arrow-shaped front wing. These were done to comply with the new regulations, as with the fin on the engine cover and the aero appendages of the air intakes on the side pods.
At the front of the new Ferrari is a duct which plays an aerodynamic role. The roll hoop behind the driver, which incorporates the engine air intake, sees a complete redesign for this year. The suspension layout also gets an update but still retains a push rod design at the front with the rear sporting pull rods. The hubs and wheel nuts also have gotten a redesign to help mechanics during frantic pit stops.
The new Italian race car has also tweaked its 90-degree, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine. Unlike with aerodynamics, there have been few changes to the regulations regarding the power unit. The main difference has to do with the amount of fuel that can be used by each car during the race. The new permitted amount of fuel is now 105kg although the flow rate now set at 100 kg/hr.
Ferrari says that the SF70H's 062 engine is much better than its predecessor when it comes to chasing performance. The new F1 car also changed its engine along with the hybrid components as well. The whole new setup with fluids and taking Sebastian Vettel/Kimi Raikkonen into consideration is around 728kg.
Top Gear noted that the new SF70H will face a lot of stiff competition this year. The pre-season favorite, Mercedes-AMG, is definitely one to look out for.
Ferrari has created a solid entry for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship. How do you think it will do against Mercedes-AMG and the other teams? Share your thoughts and comments below.