F1: Force India's 2014 car emerges

F1: Force India's 2014 car emerges

Formula 1

F1: Force India's 2014 car emerges


Force India has finally shown its new VJM07 in public for the first time.

The team had published a digital image of its new livery last week, prior to the car being given a shakedown during a promotional run at Silverstone in the hands of Nico Hulkenberg. It finally revealed the new car during an unveiling in the Jerez pitlane on Tuesday morning, ahead of the first pre-season test.

The nose on the new car protrudes notably, in the manner that has prompted controversy and a fan backlash since the potential frontal aerodynamics consequences of the new rules emerged.

Force India’s technical director Andy Green said that the team had been bold with its design push on the car.

“Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser,” he said. “The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we’ve had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way.

“It’s been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit – it’s the biggest change I’ve witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990.

“Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimize it in the chassis.”

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