2014 Car Launches and Testing Thread

Dr_Grip

Made from concentrate
DONOR
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
14,037
Location
Germany
Car(s)
1979 Opel Kadett | 1972 Ford Country Sedan
The Force India looks like a fucking anal rapist. No wonder they only showed the side profile. That's it for me. I'm not going to watch that ridiculous freak show. WEC and WSR it is.
Suddenly, the new noses seem very much worth it.... :p

The new engines sound good to me so far. We haven't even heard one at full blast.
Seconded.
 

Gingertom

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 24, 2009
Messages
1,868
Location
Southampton
Car(s)
'04 Skoda Octavia vRS
According to Caterham's Twitter, their car is due out on track imminently. Meanwhile, at McLaren: "@tedkravitz: McLaren: 'hydraulic and electrical installation issues'. Everything (car, engine, g'box) won't go together and start. Unlikely to run today"
 

mpicco

Forum Addict
Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Messages
5,387
Location
Portugal
Car(s)
R19
And Caterham present their contribution to the hilarious 2014 F1 season.



Penis holding the wing.
 

Rex Luther

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2011
Messages
1,215
Location
Perth
Car(s)
Honda Jaaaaaazz, 89 M-B 300 CE
Well, at the very least there is some genuine variety in the styling for the first time in eons.
The fact that some of the cars are flat out hilarious to look at is a bonus.
 

nicjasno

BMW Perfectionist
DONOR
Joined
Jul 15, 2007
Messages
5,863
Location
Maribor, Slovenia, Europe
Car(s)
'89 BMW E30 325iT, '95 BMW E36 318ti compact
The Caterham nose shape kinda very remotrly reminds me of the 1979 ferrari 312 T4. Very remotely.
 

mpicco

Forum Addict
Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Messages
5,387
Location
Portugal
Car(s)
R19
Yeah I thought about that too. But back then the designs were really unique to each team, completely different cars... not just phallic front noses.
 

ahpadt

Forum Addict
DONOR
Joined
May 7, 2006
Messages
9,833
Location
London
Yeah I thought about that too. But back then the designs were really unique to each team, completely different cars... not just phallic front noses.
We're in an age of evolution, not revolution. It's not just F1 cars that all look the same. Have you looked at smartphones, for example? Or computers? Or road cars?
 

DubyaStep

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 9, 2008
Messages
2,944
Location
Tampa, Florida but now in Casselberry for school
Car(s)
Ford Thundercougarfalconbird
BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

"Lotus may not be in Jerez, but there has been plenty of talk about their innovative 'crab' nose, which features two prongs rather than the single proboscis seen on many of the cars. On Monday, Toro Rosso technical director James Key said he felt it might not be within the spirit of the rules, but Lotus have issued a statement quoting technical director Nick Chester dismissing any concerns.

"'We have passed all the necessary crash tests and are very confident our design complies with all the FIA legal requirements,' Chester said. 'We have just taken an innovative direction and one that's different to the other teams. Where there are so many variations in design, there is always bound to be a little talk, but we remain relaxed and focused on our design and progression.'"
 

Donington

Forum Addict
Joined
Jan 26, 2007
Messages
5,651
Location
UK
Car(s)
'05 Honda Civic Type-R
The Red Bull looks like it has an American-spec seventies front bumper on it, but I'd say it's the best looking of the bunch.

The Caterham is truly bizarre.

And they were talking about this !

Nope, still hideous.
 
Last edited:

marcos_eirik

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 28, 2004
Messages
3,526
Location
Oslo, Norway
Car(s)
Mostly my feet, occasionally a Tesla
F1 2014 for me = bloody conundrum... most of the cars look like a nightmare at the front, and yet I like how they sound. :/
Yes, I welcome the sound of V6 Turbos. The clips we have seen so far sounds promising, looking forward to hearing them on full chat and qualifying boost... I have to say they sound remarkably like the 80s Turbo V6s, every bit as angry...
 

vikiradTG2007

Forum Addict
Joined
Feb 8, 2007
Messages
11,084
Location
The country UKIP is scared of
Car(s)
Working on it
They won't be able to properly crank the engines up to qualifying boost, since they still only have 5 power units available for the season (6th turbo/MGU means a 5-place grid penalty, 6th full power unit - 10-place grid penalty), but they won't need to save fuel in qualifying and they'll most likely have choc-full ERS batteries at the start of a quali lap.
 

ahpadt

Forum Addict
DONOR
Joined
May 7, 2006
Messages
9,833
Location
London
We very likely won't hear them on full chat atleast in the first test. The powertrain is so complex it'll take a long time to understand.

Chris Harris said he actually prefers these V6's to the V8's. He was at the Merc shakedown. :dunno:
 

Brabham

Active Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2010
Messages
354
Location
Finland
F1 2014 for me = bloody conundrum... most of the cars look like a nightmare at the front, and yet I like how they sound. :/
I might be alone with my thoughts, but I actually like these new fronts. Yeah they do look weird, but it is fascinating to see what different solutions teams come up with. I have to say Caterham might have found something with their solution.

Turbo sound
 
Top