This is the F138, the Formula One challenger that Ferrari CEO Luca de Montezemolo describes as "hopeful" and the eighth and final version of a Scuderia Ferrari Formula One car with a V8 engine – for now. The last digit in this car's name pays homage to that cylinder count, while the first two digits represent the year; next year the regulations will mandate 1.6-liter turbocharged V6s.

The Scuderia did well in pre-season testing last year but at the first race found itself almost two seconds down on the other top teams. With no significant changes to the regulations for 2013, Ferrari focused on weight loss, making components smaller and making the package more rigid, refining every aspect of a car that's essentially an evolution of last year's F2012. The front suspension has been redesigned for aero benefit, and the rear suspension is completely new. The front and rear wings are evolutions, and there's a new air intake design above the cockpit and redesigned intakes on the sidepods. The rear bodywork forms a much narrower package around the redesigned exhaust system, and the KERS is smaller and lighter.

Getting a jump on the 2014 car that will be a clean-sheet design under the new technical regime, Ferrari has integrated the spec TAG 320 electronic controller unit to this year's car. Forbidden from raising the power performance of the engine, the F1 team has worked on maintaining that performance over the three-race life of the engine. And yes, that's a vanity panel over the stepped nose in front.

Ferrari's 12-year-old wind tunnel needs modernizing, so it's doing all of the aero work for the F138 at the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany. There are already updates planned for each of the three pre-season test sessions and the first race in Melbourne, so the F138 pictured here is predicted to look "quite different" than the one on the first grid of the season.


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      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ferrari's "ugliest car" was my favorite.. im a weirdo i know but i liked the step and everything else on it.
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      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh, F1 cars have gotten so ugly.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      All you douches commenting on the looks of the car do understand that F1 is about performance & actualy racing & not about going around in circles like US yokels. This probably has enough tech & engineering rivaling a F-22 raptor.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
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      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Me no likey all the white trim on there. Its a Ferarri...itsa supposeta be red. ALL RED!
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps their version of coanda effect exhaust will work better this year.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ferrari needs to use the Red Bull air tunnel & record what Newey did to get those cars so far ahead of everyone else ! Vettle was pushed but every race that involved the competition showed the Red Bull cars had a big advantage ! I think its hard for teams to repeat but in Red Bulls case its biggest competition is fighting against reliability.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm confused as to where the vanity panel is, can someone explain it?
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope you get it right ferrari, im getting tired of Formula Newey..............
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yay, no more odd footwell sticking up like the 2012 cars. McLaren was the only one that got it right last year.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @montegod7ss
        its still there, just hidden by a vanity plate....Lotus didnt cover their stepped nose...man...UGLY!
      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder how Massa's last year will go?
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I havent followed F1 in awhile but seems like theyre stuck with the snow plow. The black and red colors reminds me of the Virgin livery. I agree, Ferraris should be all red. Seems like theres more stickers on the car than in the past.
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