We have seen the first three 2009 Formula 1 cars – Ferrari, Toyota and McLaren. Thanks to the new regulations they all have some very obvious common features – large and low front wing, small and tall rear wing, slick tyres and rather clean body with no winglets, towers, horns and other appendages.
This creates the impression that all these cars look very much the same. A comment from Byron suggests that if all the cars released last week were painted in the same colour it might be hard to tell which one is which.
I did not feel like repainting the liveries of Ferrari F60, McLaren MP4-24 and Toyota TF-109 but I at least tried to line their side views up together for easier comparison (click here for larger size of the above photo).
The side views reveal the different designs of rear wings, engine covers, front wings, the nose section, the nose itself, the sidepods. I would say that at the height of the shark fin fever the 2008 F1 cars looked much more alike than the first three 2009 Formula One cars – see the shark fin gallery here.
The 2009 cars do not look as bad as feared (at least those we had chance to see so far). My personal favourite from design point of view is the new McLaren MP4-24. Let’s see what Williams and Renault will reveal tomorrow.