Sauber technical director Jorg Zander has described the team’s 2018 car as having a “much different” car philosophy including a new aerodynamic concept.
The C37 was launched on Tuesday and features a similar nose design to one employed by Force India in recent years. There are also obvious aerodynamic additions to the Halo and a complex air intake arrangement above the driver’s head, all of which Zander says are part of a new approach compared to last season’s car.
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“It is great to finally reveal the C37 today,” Zander said. “The 2018 challenger is the result of the hard work that everyone in the factory has put in over the last few months. Speaking about the C37, the car philosophy is much different to that of the C36. The aerodynamic concept has changed significantly, and the C37 has several new features in comparison to its predecessor.
“We are positive that the new concept offers us more opportunities and will help us to make improvements during the course of the season.”
Zander added that he expects to see a step forward from the new Ferrari power unit too, with the 2017 car having used a year-old engine as the team struggled and scored just five points last season.
“The 2018 Ferrari engine will also give us a boost in terms of our performance. We hope that we will make progress with the C37 and that we are more competitive compared to 2017.”
The C37 is the first car that Zander has been heavily involved in the design of, with the technical director having only joined Sauber from Audi at the end of 2016 when last year’s car was already a long way into its development.
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