Formula One (F1) teams Ferrari and
Ferrari unveiled its F60 model in
The Italian team also revealed its version of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that is being introduced as part of F1’s commitment to lower costs in the sport and promote alternative energy sources.
Rules designed to increase speed and promote overtaking have led to far fewer aerodynamic changes on the body of the car and a reduction in downward pressure acting on the tyres. As a result, the F60’s suspension and layout has been completely reconfigured in order to maintain optimum weight distribution and stability.
Similar to the F60,
A significant rule change for the next F1 racing season restricts teams to eight engines, which means engines will have to last for a maximum of three races and cover up to 2,500km.
With range of engine problems causing retirements last season, F1 technicians have been applying their expertise to ensure that the new models maintain power in their third race.
Due to new restrictions on in-season track testing, the design of both models is likely to evolve in order to ensure that the cars are perfected before the first Grand Prix in
Stuart Humm, Shell global sponsorships manager, said: ‘2009 will be a groundbreaking year for Formula One. The new rules and regulations that have come into force have provided a great opportunity for Shell to work closely alongside Scuderia Ferrari to drive technical innovations such as a bespoke fluid for the KERS and better performing lubricants.’
The McLaren F1 team are due to unveil its design shortly, with BMW, Renault and Williams launching models next week.