Formula 2 car for 2018 has been revealed today in Monza
A new car for the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship was revealed today to the international media in a paddock of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The new car will be raced in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The new car, which complies with the latest F1 safety standards, features architecture typical of a modern F1 car and a 3.4-litre turbo-charged Mecachrome engine, which delivers 620 HP at 8,750 rpm.
The safety updates include changes to marshalling such as the Virtual Safety Car (VSC), Drag Reduction System (DRS) and upgraded electronics, and most notably is the first new car to be revealed featuring the Halo system, which was incorporated at the final stage of the design process.
The electronics have been enhanced with an updated ECU, which features expanded evolution possibilities for later years in an effort to future proof these components, a design decision which is in line with the usual focus on cost control. The operational costs for the teams are expected to be similar to this year.
The car already has made a successful shakedown in July at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. The development programme will continue over a number of tests to accumulate sufficient mileage, to ensure that a functional and reliable car will be delivered to the teams.
Two test sessions in December will be solely focussed on performance testing, where the car will be pushed to its limits ahead of the handover process to the teams. A first car will be delivered to the teams in mid-January 2018, and the second car will be delivered in mid-February.
Pirelli is once again the official tyre supplier to the championship, and has been integral to the design process to ensure continuity with respect to the tyres.
FIA Formula 2 Championship CEO Bruno Michel said: “I am very pleased to be able to present our new car for the next three year cycle of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Our focus has always been on providing a powerful, safe and challenging car which will encourage overtaking, and thanks to the new aerodynamics package we believe this car will both enhance racing and provide even more entertainment for our fans. Our philosophy has always been to match this with cost control for the teams, and we believe the F2 2018 will continue to limit operational costs and provide an attractive package to our teams.
“Finally, and most importantly, the F2 2018 matches the very latest F1 safety standards: we have a strong track record on safety, and this was a principle focus during the design process. I believe that the F2 2018 is the right car for the next stage of our championship, while also providing a worthy race car for the final step of the motorsport ladder for our drivers hoping to achieve their ultimate ambition: a race seat in F1.”
|F2 2018 specifications|
|Overall length||5224 mm|
|Overall width||1900 mm|
|Overall height||1097 mm|
|Overall weight (with driver)||720 kg|
|Engine||V6 3.4 turbo Mecachrome|
|Power/torque||620 hp/600 Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed longitudinal Hewland sequential gearbox|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||2.9 sec|
|Acceleration 0-200 km/h||6.6 sec|
|Maximum speed||335 km/h|
|Bodywork||Dallara-built kevlar honeycomb structure|
|Survival cell||Dallara-built carbon/aluminum honeycomb structure|
|Front and rear wings||Dallara-built carbon structure|
|Suspension||Double steel wishbones, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars suspension (F) and spring suspension (R)|
|Brakes||6 pistons monobloc Brembo callipers, TBC carbon-carbon brake discs and pads|
|Wheels||13” x 12” front, 13” x 13.7” rear|
|Tyres||F2 specific Pirelli slick / wet tyres|
Photo: Zak Mauger/Formula 2,