• Jan 14, 2009

Click above to view the Scuderia Ferrari F60 in high resolution

Formula One teams love a good challenge. As if it weren't difficult enough to dominate at the pinnacle of motorsports, for the 2009 season, each team will have to adapt to a host of new regulations, including the introduction of the KERS regenerative braking systems, the reintroduction of slick tires and significant changes to the aerodynamics package. Still not hard enough? How about cutting the budgets the teams are meant to adapt to the new rules... and then eliminating all the test sessions during the season, leaving just a handful of pre-season runs to get everything up to speed (so to speak). Scuderia Ferrari apparently thought that still wasn't enough, so they've opted to unveil their car earlier than the rest of the field.

Of course that's going to mean a few glitches, and in its first day on the track, the new F60 broke down and was sidelined for most of the day. That's sent the engineers back to the drawing board to work out the glitches, but not before the cameramen could get a few shots and some video footage of the new F60 in action at the Mugello circuit near Florence, Italy. Check 'em out in the updated gallery below and in the video after the jump, and stay tuned for the individual revelations of the rest of the crop of 2009-spec F1 cars, starting with Toyota's this coming Thursday.


[Source: Ferrari]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont see the purpose of nixing slick tires
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap. I need a private office and a box of Kleenex.



      One thought I can't shake. I wonder if the F60 moniker is hinting at Ferrari's final year in F1 if FIA and F1 management doesn't stop talking nonsense about a one engine, one chassis series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No more traction control and a rear wing that size... hmm, I see alot of crashes this year....

      Also what is up with the rain tires?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same exact thing abt the rain tires. maybe it was early morning and still damp out or something...and someone said they were nixing slicks...but they are actually bringing them back this season.

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        Overall I dont think the car looks bad beacuse it retains its overall shape, I think the most notable change (when ppl finally get over the wing..rules are rules..even though the people making them suck as well) is the lack of intermediate aero winglets and flaps which i think made the cars all the more desirable to look at. with out a doubt the Ferrari and Mc Laren Chasis from last year was probably my favorite when it came chasis development from past years, but i still cant believe the amounts of money that went into those minor advancements..even before brazil last season mc laren said they spent "x" millions of dollars just for the last race.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those new cars look stupid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ultra NARROW rear wing & extremely WIDE front wings is what makes them look "stupid". Massa looks like he is driving the F60 back to the pit after smashing the back wing (the lighting in the photo adds to the "stupid" look).

        Its a shame... FIA finally bans the aero overkill & then intros what looks like F2000 size rear wings + 70's style F5000 front wings!!! :( :( :(

        I'm no aero expert... but how about return to the '08 spec wing BUT lower it to just above the rear wheels? It would give some downforce in the corners but reduce stability at high speeds. Bravest drivers would be found??
        • 6 Years Ago
        My guess with the low & wide, single element rear wing is that it would provide some downforce , but be low enough to control turbuant air coming off the rear bodywork & tires. Seems like the small/ narrow/ & high rear wing created MORE issues with "bad air".

        In early tests, drivers have reported no big difference when racing behind other cars. Perhaps a GP might change that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought to 09 regulations were stupid but i don't really mind them now.

      The car previously had to fit into a number of imaginary boxes, and had limits on the number of wing elements forming the front and back spoilers. Now there's effectively a limit on wing elements not in the boxes at the front and the back of the car, so it's sort of more consistent now.

      I guess we'll see how the rules work out in the racing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're adding slicks back, not nixing them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I tried guys, I mean it doesn't look ugly. On the other hand it doesn't look better than the previous year's cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do those tires look incredibly dorky? Like balloons or something.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very skinny & narrow objects (this wing) tend to make EVERYTHING around it look fat (& "dorky")
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last time a raft of new rules were introduced to F1, things got a lot more interesting, so lets hope this wave does the same and attracts more fans...

      I think the car looks great!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, those guys need to shut the hell up. How dare they talk over the sex that was otherwise coming out of my speakers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Curiously, I don't mind the shrunken rear wing, but the huge front wing looks goofy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell am I looking at that's NOT moving in the front wheels?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The brake duct covers
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