Virgin Racing unveiled its 2011 Formula 1 car today, and like its first go-around last season this black and red monster is again cut entirely from virtual cloth.
Here’s what the team is saying:
As with the VR-01, the aerodynamics of the MVR-02 have been designed entirely using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) now using the most powerful supercomputer allowed by current agreements.
As already announced, the driver line-up for the 20 Grands Prix on the 2011 Formula One World Championship calend consists of Germany’s Timo Glock and Belgium’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio, who makes his Formula One debut with the team this season.
The car is the first to bear the MVR chassis designation, following Russian performance car manufacturer Marussia’s acquisition of a significant stake in the team at the end of last season.
Marussia Virgin Racing bucked the trend of a trackside roll-out and instead opted to reveal the MVR-02 during a recorded television production – ‘An Audience with Marussia Virgin Racing’ – which took place in front of a packed audience of Media and Team Partners at the famous television studios. True to the team’s commitment to its burgeoning fan base, Marussia Virgin Racing also welcomed a large contingent of its social media followers to the event and they were at the heart of the action as the wraps came off the new car in Studio 1.
The television production will be broadcast later today via the team’s website www.marussiavirginracing.com, with programming schedules available via the team’s Twitter feed @marussiavirgin.
Pictures of the car (I’m sure Negative Camber will have one here soon) are at the team’s site.
Here are the specs:
Virgin Racing carbon fibre construction monocoque and nosebox
Virgin Racing carbon fibre construction with titanium flexure joints
Virgin Racing aluminium ally construction
‘FT5’ safety specification
In excess of 220 litres
AP Racing 4 potcalipers
Virgin Racing carbon fibre construction
Virgin Racing hydraulic steering assist
Anatomically formed carbon composite
Six point harness (75mm shoulder straps with HANS system)
ECU and logging system
FIA standard ECU & FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Virgin Racing precision aluminium construction with 7-speed, longitudinally Mounted internals
Electronically controlled hydraulic differencial
Paddle operated hydraulic shift system with “seamless shift”
One-piece driveshafts with integral tripod joints
Approx 5200 mm
Approx 950 mm
Approx 1800 mm
Approx 3300 mm
Duty Cycle Type
4 stroke reciprocating piston, normally aspirated
8 cylinders in banked V configuration with an angle of 90 degrees
Cast aluminium alloy cylinder block and head, forged aluminium pistons, steel crankshaft
32 with pneumatic valve springs
Limited to 18,000rpm
Double overhead cams driven via compliant gear from crankshaft
In excess of 95kg
Less than 98mm
8 injectors supplied by a pressurized system at 100bar
8 ignition coils each driving single spark plug
My post-vacation, early morning brain — one that’s still trying to collect all the terrible Robert Kubica news — can’t help but focus on the team’s insistence on going the CFD route again. Did anything happen in 2010 that makes that seem like a good idea? The Marussia money wasn’t enough for the team to do a little real world work? Do team leaders think it will be a big deal to be the first all-CFD car to score a point, if that ever happens?