The chassis of the Ferrari F2003-GA is new, both in terms of design and construction saving weight and improving structure over the previous F2002 chassis. The bodywork, radiators, exhausts and the rear end have been redesigned, leading to a further increase in aerodynamic performance. The mechanically operated power steering is also a new design.
The F2003-GA’s front and rear suspension elements have been revised, to maximise the performance of the Bridgestone tyres and to improve the efficiency of the aerodynamic package. New materials have been introduced to reduce the weight and size of the engine and transmission. Like its predecessor, the new 052 engine is load-bearing and is mounted longitudinally. As usual, Shell made a significant contribution to the evolution of the 052, both in terms of fuels and lubricants, to ensure maximum performance and reliability.
While maintaining the same position and longitudinal mounting, the car’s gearbox is completely a new design, achieving both a reduction in dimensions and weight. The gearbox is cast in titanium with seven speeds (plus reverse) and is electro-hydraulically operated with a sequential shift.
In keeping with a trend initiated by Ferrari and now almost universally adopted in F1, the F2003-GA is fitted with a high level exhaust system, the same layout as seen on the F2002.
The car’s centre of gravity is lower than that of its predecessor, producing a further improvement in weight distribution for both chassis and engine. Ferrari believes that with the F2003-GA we have taken a further step forward maximising the performance of innovative materials and design whilst utilising advanced quality control techniques and philosophies to ensure safety and reliability.
Engine: 3000 Ferrari (Type 052), V10
Total Displacement: 2,997 cm3
Timing Gear: 40 valves
Fuel Feed: Magneti Marelli digital electronic injection
Ignition: Magneti Marelli static electronic ignition
Transmission: Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox, limited-slip differential, 7 gears + reverse
Chassis: Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Front Suspension: Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Rear Suspension: Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Brakes: Ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Length: 4,545 mm
Width: 1,796 mm
Height: 959 mm
Front Track: 1,470 mm
Rear Track: 1,405 mm
Kerb Weight (with water and oil): 600Kg
Wheels: 13 inches