McLaren F1 2012 MP4 27

New 2012 F1 Cars

Its that time of year again when all of the F1 teams unveil their new cars and we all get to see the cars that we will be watching for the next 8 or 9 months (along with the new driver lineups).

I wanted to create a blog post with all of the top teams new cars, but I am not sure they are all out yet, so I will just add them all as I find them.

McLaren MP4-27:

McLaren F1 2012 MP4 27



Ferrari F1 2012


Caterham CT01:

2012 Caterham F1



2012 Sauber F1 Car


Force India:

Force India F1



Lotus E20 2012


More updated car image here as the are launched

Is it just me, or do all the other new cars have a bump in the nose cone except for the McLaren? Could be interesting this year.

More 2012 pics:


Mercedes 2012 F1

Red Bull RB8:

2 comments for “New 2012 F1 Cars

  1. Callum Honeybun
    February 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Yes they do have a bump in the nose. If you look at the 2012 specification Red Bull you will notice that not only do they have a bump but also a vent of some sort. The bump is there to comply with new regulations that say the nose must be lower and the bulk head height hasn’t changed. McLaren aren’t your usual team, they try different things (look at there sidepod design from 2011) because they have gone for lower noses and chassis over the last god knows how many years they can carry on going down the same development route, other teams have a higher chassis making there most sensible development route being the insallation of a step. Look at Red Bull, this car is still based on the RB5 (I think) Now there on the RB8 (I think) Higher chassis work for them, they have structured around that chassis. the time needed to develop a completley new car is huge and maybe they just havn’t had the time

  2. Dave T
    February 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Callum,
    I believe that you are indeed correct. The step is due to a regulation for chassis height that has meant most teams have built a step into the nose of the car. I have also heard that the vent in the Red Bull is for ‘style’ and ‘cooling for the driver’ but that has yet to be confirmed.

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