• Jan 12, 2009
Click above to view the new Scuderia Ferrari F60 in high resolution

Most years it's more of the same. All the constructors in the FIA Formula One World Championship unveil their cars, and for the most part they look the incredibly similar to the ones they had last year. Big whoop. But every so often, the technical regulations are shaken up a little and the cars come out looking entirely different. This is one of those years -- say "hello" to the Scuderia Ferrari F60.

The most substantial changes have been made to the aerodynamic formula, which has dictated a bigger front wing and a much narrower rear aerofoila. F1 has also moved back to slick tires, while underneath the more streamlined bodywork Ferrari has fitted the new Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) developed together with Magneti-Marelli, along with the new carbon-encased seven-speed sequential gearbox with limited slip differential.

Ferrari has opted to call this the F60, eschewing the typical numbering system that would have labeled it the F2009 while highlighting the fact that this will be the 60th season of Formula One – in which Ferrari is the only team to have competed in each and every one. Due to weather conditions, the official live unveiling of the F60 was moved from the company's on-site Fiorano test track to its Mugello circuit, where Felipe Massa will test drive it for the first time. Check it out for yourself in the gallery below, and see all the details at f60.ferrariworld.com.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      this car is ugly...I loved the old look to the cars, it just seems like they are taking steps backwards...plus that rear wing is to small and looks retarded.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's ugly but I can appreciate what they are trying to do. Up until the mid 90's F1 cars used a lot of mechanical grip to stay on the track. Then came the "aero wars" which brought us some of the stupidest wing configurations ever seen. Aero is also expensive and difficult to tune where as a shock or spring is full of variables but it is not limitless like aerodymics. Think of how many variations in angles you have on a spoiler then multiply that by the number of surfaces on a F1 car (including the body pod spoilers they had and many others) and that takes a lot of time and money to get right.

      Sure it's not the prettiest but the drivers will figure out the limits of the car and will get over it. To simply say the car will not produce closer racing and more overtaking is very premature. How many races have they run with these cars?

      Ah, the age of instant gratification. If it's not perfect out of the box it will never be any good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks less like an insect than cars have in the recent past. The rear wing is awful, but if it makes passing possible, I'll deal with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Icky.... anxious to see what the boys from the UK have. Though I dont see it looking much better than this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BLARRGGG!!!!

      i'm gonna come on here and bitch about the LOOK of a RACE car because all those engineers should have been thinking about SHOW before GO!!

      and there were too many trolls under my usual bridge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Try reading next time. People are b*tchin' about FIA mandated rules that gave you 2009 butt-ugly cars (huge front wings & tall, narrow rear wings).

        Engineering has nothing to do with "fit-the-box" rules.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C'mon folks. Whether you like the way it looks or not doesn't really matter all that much. This is F1. 2 or 3 races into the season the cars will look different as development continues at break-neck speed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How do you figure that?

        Front & rear wing size is frozen. No add-on aero allowed this year... so you will NOT see major changes as in previous years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Size may be frozen, the shape is not. The top teams have been pretty creative in finding loopholes to gain every bit of competitive advantage they can. This coming season shouldn't be any different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who cares what the thing looks like, will there be more overtaking. It could be the ugliest thing out there but if a car in dirty air is just as fast and a better driver could under brake and make the pass it would be the best possible car for F1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.

      I was hoping the new rules would make for pure shapes and cars that look like they were shaped by the wind, and this is it. I can't wait to see the McLaren and BMW cars. I also like the ingenious workaround for the mirrors: I think those deflectors are the only legal ones you can have on the car.

      We'll get used to it. Remember how wonky the cars looked when they first narrowed them in the late 90's? Now when I look at tapes of the early 90's, I can't believe how wide those cars were and how they ever got around Monaco without rubbing the letters off their tires.

      It's all about improving the racing and reducing costs (who knows?). You can argue that these are getting more and more like fancy CART race cars, but only they're much more advanced and have the best drivers in the world in them (apologies to Sébastien Loeb, sitting there next to God).
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ AZZ

        Never said they were too wide, mate. As for you thinking that they were beautiful, well, you're right: you're entitled to your opinion....

        @ Jared

        You mean the Tyrrell from the SEVENTIES??
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrrell_P34

        It was CART. But not for long, they switched to Champ Car very quickly, just no one used the proper name. And of course they are gone now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Everyone is entitled to their opinion... BUT you are WHACKED!!!

        The pre 1998 (wider) cars look F'ing BEAUTIFUL!!! Too wide??? You are mad & obviously have accepted the "Crunched in a Vise" look of the 1998-2008 F1 car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jared: the 6 wheeled car ran in late 70's & was a Tyrrell. Williams built one for testing & R&D but the FIA banned cars with more than 4 wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i thought it was Kart?

        And remeber that 6 wheeled F1 car from the early 90's? I forgot who drove it or sponsored it. But it had 4 wheels upfront that turned, and 2 in the back. You see it in alot of the classic races
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me.... or in the aerial view.... the car is essentially a big middle finger !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought Tata were providing sponsorship?
        • 6 Years Ago
        there is a TATA underneath the exhaust, on the side.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TATA? Look on the front wings
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has anybody heard how you will be able to tell the difference between the hard and soft compound tires this year? Before you had a white stripe around one of the grooves to designate the soft compound.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ferrari may not be introducing KERS until February if at all.... there is talk right now that some teams may not adopt KERS for the entire season....

      http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2008/12/18/ferrari-could-delay-kers/
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