With the heightened safety regulations going into effect for the coming Formula One season, some of the resulting designs rendered in an effort to conform are raising some eyebrows.
Caterham made headlines for its new nose design, which represents a divergence from tradition and is unlike anything we’ve seen before in the sport. Tapering in a downward angle, the car’s new front end has attracted all kinds of criticisms and praises alike.
The new nose regulations were impelled by the FIA’s efforts to improve safety and reduce the damage suffered in collisions. The commonly held belief that a lower nose would reduce the chances for a car to become airborne during a rear collision has served as the impetus for the new regulation. New regulations also attempt to preclude injury to drivers, should perpendicular impact occur, preventing the nose of one car from spearing the cockpit of another.
However, these impositions have been met with criticism by some, with Red Bull’s Adrian Newey contending that a lower nose cone may increase the probability for the nose of one car to slide underneath another if struck from behind.
Many of the audacious and peculiar designs have only been commissioned tentatively, with many team principals and design chiefs saying that their cars may be subject to front-end design modifications as the season draws near.