Feb.24 (GMM) Marussia’s new car for 2012 does not feature a stepped nose, a feature which most teams – with the notable exception of McLaren – have adopted this year.
Nearly every team on the 2012 grid, including HRT (who are yet to release their 2012 car) responded to the FIA’s new height regulations by designing an awkward ‘step’ between the monocoque and the tip of the nose.
The one exception, until now, was McLaren.
But Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that the 2012 Marussia, which will be seen for the first time in Barcelona next week, also has a clean aerodynamic line at the front.
The former Virgin team works closely with McLaren, including using the famous British team’s test rigs and wind tunnel.
“In fact, there was little difference in theory between the two solutions. So why take risks with something that we do not know?” a Marussia team source is quoted as saying.
Timo Glock has already driven the new step-less Marussia in the McLaren simulator.
“We don’t have too much experience with the simulator so we hope that it’s right, but we will not be too optimistic – [although] that’s not to say that I’m disappointed,” said the German driver.
“I think we have a good base to build upon,” he added.
“We have been focusing for a long time on finding the errors with the previous car and getting over them,” he is quoted by Speed Week magazine.