Following the moves of its rivals Williams and Lotus, the Ferrari Formula 1 team has just released its car for the 2015 season. Entitled the SF15-T, the car represents the Prancing Horse’s latest attempt to rebound, after failing to win a single race last season, amid nearly complete Mercedes dominance.
The ‘SF’ represents Scuderia Ferrari, with the 15 signifying the year, and the ‘T’ denoting the new engine configuration beginning last year, which sports turbocharging. The 61st car to be produced by the Maranello based racing team was unveiled in the presence of Kimi Raikonnen and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who will begin the first year of of his three year contract with the team beginning this year.
Among the most visible cosmetic changes are a lower front end and a more compact rear. Ferrari technical director James Allison commented on the car’s new developments,
“We had a number of issues with last year’s power unit. Early on in the season the power delivery was not particularly sophisticated so it was tough for the drivers to get the throttle response they wanted. That improved a lot during the season and we’ve taken it a step further for the SF15-T.
“A definite weakness of last year’s car was that the amount of electrical energy we were able to recover from the turbo was not really good enough for producing competitive power levels during the race. That’s an area where we’ve tried to change the architecture of the engine to make it a better compromise between qualifying and racing performance.
“And then plain simple horsepower. Enormous amounts of work has gone into all aspects of our combustion efficiency to try to make sure that in this fuel limited formula where every team is only allowed to burn the same amount of fuel, that every single compression stroke, every single ignition stroke is extracting the maximum amount of horsepower and putting it on the road.”