Force India’s new Formula 1 challenger is to have a dramatic facelift early in the campaign, with the team promising a more aggressive nose.
The first side-on image of the VJM07 that was published on Wednesday did not give a proper idea of the shape of the narrow noses that will become a common feature of F1 2014. Although the image suggested that Force India’s version could be quite standard, technical director Andrew Green has revealed a bolder version is being worked on.
“Our nose is a launch spec and later we will have an updated front end of the car, which potentially is quite different,” said Green. “We had to take quite a pragmatic view of it and say we’ve got to go testing so we’ve got to get a car out of the door.
“As much as we want to push the boundaries of the impact structure, because we know how important they are for the whole car, we don’t have the resources to push it to the limit in our first iteration, so we need a banker. The nose that is on the launch car is a banker. We’ve got ourselves a car that we can go testing and racing with. Several weeks ago we started pushing the design boundaries because we think there’s performance in it. There are new concepts coming through.”
Various technical personnel have already suggested that the 2014 low noses will make the cars look ugly this year.