We are sad to report that the step nose on 2012 F1 cars is officially a trend.
Looks don’t matter if the car is fast on track, but all we have to judge a car right now are pictures and no laptimes.
Along with the Ferrari F2012 that was unveiled earlier today, Sahara Force India F1 released its challenger for 2012, the VJM05.
And like the F2012 and Caterham CT01, the VJM05 features the latest front aero solution, which has been dubbed the “boxer nose.” We’re guessing it’s because the cars look like they have been punched in the face.
Other than the front end, the Mercedes powered VJM05 does not appear to have any revolutionary design elements on board. We did note a small kick below the rear wing. It appears that it could direct airflow over the wing to decrease downforce and increase top speed.
The orange, white, and green machine will be aiming for point finishes at the hands of Nico Hulkenberg and last year’s standout rookie Paul di Resta throughout the 2012 season.
As this is the third F1 car we have seen with this new nose, we are starting to get used to it. Perhaps it will grow on us as the season progresses.
Take a look at the car below:
Photo: Courtesy Sahara Force India F1 Team
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