With the initial preseason testing underway in Jerez, Spain, Ferrari has joined the list of teams who have revealed their cars for the 2014 season of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship,
Named the F14 T after an online poll by Ferrari. Though its new 1.6-liter, V-6 engine is less powerful than last year’s V-8 engine, when combined with the ERS system, this drivetrain will actually produce more peak power than last year’s car. The F14 T features a significantly upgraded design especially up front, as we reported previously .
The F14 T will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen , which is one of the best driver lineups by any team this year, in our opinion. With Ferrari promising it’s drivers a new LaFerrari if they manage to win the World Championship title, we don’t think we’ll have to worry about not seeing the Ferrari drivers doing all they can to challenge Adrian Newey and his boffins at Red Bull Racing .
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Comparing the images of the previous year’s car to the current one, the most obvious change is the new nose. The regulation changes the maximum nose height this year, which results in some of the weirdest looking designs in the past few years — Ferrari likely has the most unique one.
Rather than going with the hanging extension used by most other teams, Ferrari has decided to go with a flat step-down nose. The resulting design may not be beautiful, but then again, looking at how Caterham ’s nose looks from the front, we are thankful that at least the Ferrari’s doesn’t look somewhat like (and we are sorry to say this Caterham) a man’s "nether regions."
Up front, the narrower front wings are now placed so the end plates are positioned directly in front of the front wheels. This modification means the end plates now need to work much harder to efficiently direct the flow of air around the wheels.Other major changes include the redesigned air intake, which now takes on a triangular shape.
While most of the cars for this season have been revealed, due to the extent of regulation changes and much complex powertrains involved, no one really knows how the cars will perform. So we can expect lots of further modifications to the design in the first half of the season as the teams test their reliability and work out the best possible combination for their cars.