Most of the Formula 1 fans already know that the new 2009 F1 regulations especially those affecting cars’ aero will bring some radical changes to the look of the Formula 1 car. Many are asking how will the 2009 F1 cars look. So let’s summarize the most obvious and visible changes.
This is how the wings look this year (the shapes and angles change from track to track):
And this is how it is likely to look in 2009 – higher and narrower, similar to the wings used in early 90s (picture shows Williams in 1993).
Here is the detail of 2008 wing (McLaren):
Next year they are likely to look more like the early 90s wings, much wider. They will not be the same, I marked with black line the likely shape of the flaps. (The photo is originally 1993 McLaren). The other change is that these flaps will be adjustable. Drivers will be allowed to adjust them twice a lap up to 6 degrees.
Tyres from grooves to slicks:
The drastic reduction of aero downforce will be compensated by return of the slick tyres. Can’t wait …
2008 grooved tyres:
Slick tyres during 2008 tests ahead of their return in 2009:
Cleaner looking chassis:
All the aero add-ons – wings, winglets, ears, antlers, horns will be banned. So all these ugly structures will be gone:
BMW Sauber – The Antlers
BMW Sauber – The Horns
Honda – The Dumb(o) Ears
Honda – The Horns
McLaren – The wings and winglets and horns at its worst
And here is a visual of the complete 2009 F1 car – artist’s imagination. It may not look like this at the end (image found at F1Technical.net forum):
For full text of 2009 F1 regulations (proposed) check this post.
Photos: Williams/LAT, Daimler Media, Force India F1, Honda Racing F1, BMW Motorsports