Maranello/Italy, Jan 12: The new Formula One race car of 2009 was unveiled by Ferrari on Monday, Jan 12. The car is named F60 which is based on Ferrari's 60th year of F1. The car will be tested for the first time by Massa on the Mugello track.
This car is the hope to reclaim the driver's title that Felipe Massa lost to Lewis Hamilton in the final race of last season. Usually the team debuts its new cars on its home track in Fiorano, but snowy conditions forced a change this year. Massa lost the 2008 championship by one point to Hamilton, although Ferrari did win its second consecutive constructor's championship and eighth in the past 10 years.
The F60 is Ferrari's 55th F1 car since joining the sport in 1950. In line with new rules agreed on by the teams to enable more passing, some of the biggest modification to the car are in aerodynamics.
The front wings are wider than before, while the rear wings are higher and narrower. The car also features a kinetic energy recovery, or KERS, system which allows a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions without affecting performance and the transmission was redesigned to take advantage of the new aerodynamics.
Ferrari will hold its annual winter retreat in Madonna Di Campiglio later this week. The first official tests of the new car are slated for Portimao, Portugal, with the other teams Jan 19-22.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)