Following a disappointing 2014 Formula One season, at the end of which it had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the constructor’s standing, Scuderia Ferrari seeks to score better results in 2015 with a revised version of the F14-T race car. Dubbed SF15-T and described as a "large step forward" compared to its predecessor, the new single-seater allowed Ferrari to apply all the lessons learned in
2014. To make a long story short, the SF15-T boasts a new nose, a more tightly packaged rear end, overhauled suspension kinematics, and optimized brakes.

Besides having a revised car at its disposal, as it is common with every new F1 season, Scuderia Ferrari tackles the 2015 stage with a brand-new leading driver as well. At the end of 2014, the Italians hired four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel to replace Fernando Alonso. The German joined Ferrari after spending six seasons with Red Bull Racing, and will compete alongside Kimi Raikkonen, who returned to the Scuderia in 2014. It remains to be seen if Ferrari has what it takes to challenge Mercedes-AMG for the World Championship, but until the season commences, let’s have a closer look at the new SF15-T racer.

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  • 2015 Ferrari SF15-T
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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Aside from looking more attractive up front, the car also benefits from improved aerodynamic performance.

As with most Formula One cars for the 2015 season, the SF15-T boasts only minor visual enhancements compared to last year’s single-seater, save for the brand-new nose. With the 2015 regulations allowing a lowering of the front end, Ferrari was able to reshape the nose for more appealing aesthetics. Aside from looking more attractive up front, the car also benefits from improved aerodynamic performance. Around back, the SF15-T showcases a more tightly packaged rear end, which translates into more downforce extracted from certain surfaces of the body. The wing has been redesigned as well for better cornering performance and to produce a larger DRS effect on the straights.

These modifications should make the SF15-T quicker than its predecessor and enable the Scuderia to battle for more podiums throughout the season. Of course, with all competitors having built faster cars, it won’t be easy for Ferrari to regain its past glory.

Interior

It’s quite common for F1 manufacturers to not showcase the cockpits of their single-seaters, and Ferrari makes no exception to that rule for the SF15-T. The car likely features a driver-centered cockpit crafted in carbon fiber, and a multifunction steering wheel packed with switches, buttons and everything the driver needs to operate the car and communicate with the pit crew.

Drivetrain

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Although Ferrari didn't release any actual specs, more horsepower and torque is to be expected from the revised drivetrain.

As expected, the Italians worked hard to improve their in-house power unit. Largely based on the 2014 model, which wasn’t very successful to begin with, this year’s drivetrain also consists of a turbocharged, 1.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine and a pair of hybrid systems connected to the crankshaft and the turbo for use during braking and to generate extra power, respectively. Although Ferrari didn’t release any actual specs, more horsepower and torque is to be expected from the revised drivetrain. Naturally, the eight-speed transmission carries over with minor improvements.

In addition, Ferrari says the SF15-T boasts "a much improved cooler matrix layout," overhauled suspension kinematics, and remodeled brake ducts for improved caliper and brake disc cooling.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine
Displacement 1600 cc
Max Revs 15.000
Turbo charging Single turbo
Fuel flow 100 kg/hr max
Fuel capacity 100 kg
Configuration V6 90°
Cylinders 6
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection 500 bar – direct
Units per driver 4
ERS SYSTEM
Battery energy 4Mj
MGU-K power 120 kW
MGU-K max revs 50.000 rpm
MGU-H max revs 125.000 rpm

Competition

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W06

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Having won the 2014 Constructor’s and Driver’s championships by a wide margin, Mercedes-AMG is the manufacturer to beat in 2015. The upgraded W06 single-seater also sports a revised nose and remodeled aerodynamic bits, as well as an in-house-developed power unit largely based on last year’s hybrid drivetrain. Although Ferrari is likely to have made extensive improvements to its power unit, Mercedes should still benefit from the most powerful one on this year’s F1 grid.

For 2015, Mercedes-AMG continues with the same driver lineup, meaning Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be in charge with bringing home yet another manufacturer’s title. Hamilton starts as the defending champion, while Rosberg naturally hopes to finish the championship above his teammate this year. The two drivers scored 16 wins in 2014, in what was Mercedes’ best Formula One season ever.

McLaren-Honda MP4-30

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Unlike Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG, McLaren joins the 2015 F1 season with a brand-new engine developed by Honda, a manufacturer which has returned to the sport after a 10-year hiatus. To revive a partnership that won four back-to-back World Championships between 1988 and 1991, McLaren ended two full decades of using Mercedes power. Having won only one manufacturer’s championship in that period, McLaren hopes to live up to its former glory with an engine that’s been exclusively developed for the new MP4-30.

2015 also brought significant changes in the team’s driver lineup, as Kevin Magnussen was replaced by Fernando Alonso, the latter brought from Ferrari. The Spaniard joined Jenson Button, who was kept from the previous season. Both drivers had disappointing stints in 2014, with Alonso finishing sixth and Button eighth. As for McLaren, 2014 was pretty bleak, with only two podiums and a fifth place in the constructor’s standings — a performance the Brits are obviously looking to improve on in 2015.

Conclusion

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With 2014 being one of the worst in its history, Scuderia Ferrari has a lot to prove in 2015. On paper, things look promising. There’s an improved car waiting to show what it’s capable of, and then there’s Sebastian Vettel, arguably the best Formula One driver since Michael Schumacher. With four consecutive driver’s championships to his name from 2010 to 2013, the German is seen as one of the main contenders in 2015. On the other hand, the fact that Vettel finished last season behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo suggests that the German either had a poor season or he is on a downturn after reaching the peak of its career with Red Bull Racing. I guess we’ll have to wait for the new championship to commence to find out which is the case.

  • Leave it
    • Strong competition, especially from Mercedes-AMG
    • Vettel could be on a downturn

Press Release

The SF15-T the sixty first car built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. It is the second car made by Ferrari since the reintroduction of turbo engines in 2014. The first year of these new regulations was extremely challenging for the Scuderia and the lessons learned have been applied vigorously to the SF15-T to create a car that is in every respect a large step forwards with respect to the F14-T.

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Chassis

The most striking visual difference between the SF15-T and its predecessor is the lowering of the front end of the car in accordance with the change of regulations for the 2015 season. After a few seasons of rather unappealing aesthetics, the 2015 rules permit the SF15-T an attractive nose shape which also brings excellent aerodynamic performance. Aside from the nose area, the regulations for 2015 are largely unchanged. This has given the Team a stable base on which to engineer a much stronger chassis than the year before:

A casual glance at the back of the car reveals a much more tightly packaged rear end which allows more downforce to be extracted from the critical surfaces around the rear of the car. The rear wing family has been extensively redesigned to deliver stable performance in corners while producing a larger DRS effect on the straights. The front and rear brake ducts have been remodeled to produce more cooling of caliper and brake disk while generating more downforce than their 2014 counterparts. Both front and rear suspension kinematics have been overhauled to present the tyre to the road in a manner that allows better use of the Pirelli rubber.

Integration

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As in 2014, the current rules place heavy emphasis on the strong integration of Power Unit and Chassis. Integration is not just about packaging – finding neat homes for all the myriad equipment in the car – it is more about making sure that the PU and Chassis are specified so that the resulting vehicle will have the highest possible performance. A range of carefully chosen design targets ensure that the SF15-T has optimum choice of cooling to provide the best overall downforce and power levels. In addition to carefully designed internal airflow, the SF15-T has a much improved cooler matrix layout that allows several tenths of a second per lap compared to the previous year.

Brakes

2014 was the first year of the so called Brake –by-Wire (BBW); a system permitted by the rules as a way of allowing the maximum amount of electric power to be harvested under braking while maintaining an optimal brake balance. In practice, it proved much easier to obtain the former than the latter with the first versions of this system. The BBW was improved greatly during the 2014 season and the SF15-T is further optimized to produce a braking response that should allow the driver sensitive control while braking at the limit.

Transmission

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The broadly stable regulations for 2015 have allowed us to work on the details of our transmission, carrying forward lessons learned in 2014 to make sure that the SF15-T is a step forward in all areas. The choice of 8 forward gear ratios are fixed for the entire season once they are run in the first race, and our experience from last year has allowed us to choose these ratios carefully for best use over the course of the season. The clutch, traditionally a strong point for the Scuderia, has been further improved with a series of detailed changes to make sure that the SF15-T will continue to enjoy strong performance off the start line.

Weight and tyres

The regulations allow the weight of the car to increase by 11kg with respect to the 2014 car. The SF15-T uses this extra allowance in the regulations to buy some additional performance features under the skin of the car while retaining a workable level of ballast to trim the centre of gravity of the car.

The 2015 tyres are little changed from 2014. A new rear casing tested by all the Teams towards the end of last year delivers better rear end grip, especially while loaded in combined conditions of cornering and traction. The range of compounds for the season and the selection of compounds taken to each circuit will be very similar to 2014. However, the performance level of the SF15-T will be much higher than the F14T, and should allow us to exploit all the performance available in the rubber.

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