Its raining F1 cars! Yesterday came the debut of McLaren’s MP4-30 and today the world gets its first look at Scuderia Ferrari’s new SF15-T chassis. In case you were wondering the “T” stands for turbo… This new chassis definitely cuts a striking silhouette. At first glance it may not seem all that different from last year’s car but once you really let your eyes pour over it you start to see the subtle differences. However, one very noticeable difference is the removal of the weird nose that most 2014 cars had do to some silly rule. Now the design goes back to a sloping more simplistic nose piece. In addition to showing off their new car’s lines, Ferrari also dropped a few specs as well.
The SF15-T weighs 1547lbs with driver and fluids, the engine has 1.6 liters (or 1600 cc’s) of displacement, the engine redlines at 15,000rpms, and its transmission has 8 forward gears plus reverse. According to Ferrari the SF15-T took 250,000 total manufacturing hours to complete, is made up of 20,000 square meters of carbon fiber, 100 different metal alloys, and its drivetrain (engine and transmission) comprises of 20,000 different parts. If you are wondering how Ferrari’s engineers came up with the SF15-T’s shape, it probably hand something to do with the 1,500 hours it spent in a wind tunnel.
All in all I think its safe to say that a lot of time and work went into Ferrari’s new chassis. The question is can Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen capitalize on it? Ah time will tell! In the meantime, click on the thumbnails for larger pictures of the SF15-T. You can also hit the source link below for a dedicated microsite that is full of videos and other interactive tidbits.
[Source: Ferrari SF15-T microsite]