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Maranello, 10 March, 2021

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’s SF21 car that will race this season, was seen for the first time today and features a subtle livery that looks to the challenges of the future without forgetting the team’s roots and history. “The rear end is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, the 125 S,” explained Team Principal Mattia Binotto. “But as it moves gradually towards the ****pit area, it transforms into the modern red that we have used in most recent years. This season presents us with many challenges and through this livery, visually, we reboot from our past and head into the future.”
 

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Line-up. The SF21 makes its track debut tomorrow in Bahrain for a Filming Day, during which it can complete up to 100 kilometres for the purpose of acquiring film footage for team partners and media use. The Scuderia’s youngest driver line-up since 1968, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, will both drive.

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Enrico Gualtieri Head of Power Unit

“As engine engineers, last season on track produced a clear picture of where we were and that was our starting point. It was that awareness, combined with our determination, our skills and those of our partners that led to the creation of the 065/6 power unit for the 2021 season.

We adopted a systematic approach, with all departments – design, simulation, development, track – working together to find every opportunity for improvement. Along with our colleagues on the chassis side, we worked a lot on the layout of the power unit, to make the overall design of the car as efficient as possible. With the internal combustion engine, we focused on increasing its level of thermal efficiency, in conjunction with our partner Shell and this has produced an improvement in lap time that we estimate at over one tenth of a second.
We are also carrying out further development on the hybrid system and the electronics, in order to revise and optimise all components. All this in a season in which power unit test bench time has been reduced still further.”
 

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Technical specifications Ferrari SF21

Power unit
065/6
Capacity 1600 cc
Max RPM 15,000
Supercharging Single turbo
Fuel flow 100 kg/hr max
Configuration V6 90°
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection 500 bar – direct

ERS System
Configuration
Hybrid energy recovery system via electrical Motor Generator Units
Battery pack Lithium-Ion batteries of minimum 20 kg weight
Battery pack max energy storage 4 MJ
MGU-K max power 120 kW (161 hp)
Max MGU-K RPM 50,000
Max MGU-H RPM 125,000

Car
Overall weight including water, oil and driver: 752 kg
Chassis made from carbon fibre and honeycomb composite with halo protection device around the ****pit. Bodywork and seat made from carbon fibre
Rear differential with hydraulic torque converter
Brembo carbon disc brakes, front and rear. Electronic brake-by-wire on rear brakes
Ferrari longitudinally-mounted gearbox with 8 forward gears and reverse
Push-rod front suspension, pull-rod rear suspension
13” front and rear wheels
 

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I do not see the beauty in painting cars in primer - that's what the matte finishes look like to me.

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Brian, I can’t imagine it is an aerodynamic improvement or all F1 teams would now be using it. Certainly, it is noteworthy that Mercedes continue with a glossy finish. And alfettaparts2, I hope you got some pretty good odds on that bet!
 

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More to do with weight.
Now that's an interesting idea - maybe fewer coats for less weight. Long ago, Mercedes stripped the white paint (Germany's national color) off their cars to lose weight - that's how they became know as Silver Arrows.
 
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Interesting theory, although F1 has a minimum weight which I had understood that all of the top teams have been able to reach.
 

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Where is this matt finish you talk of?

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Whole car forward of the 55.
 

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I'm hoping Ferrari have found something as they have probably been bunkered down pretty hard over winter due to covid.
What?, a Mercedes engineer?
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Whole car forward of the 55.
Oh. I'll wait until it races.

If it is matt, then I think your primer comment is actually correct, and that was their intention
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And here is Alfa:

"Alfa Romeo’s new C41 model is perhaps the least visibly changed from 2020 of the three cars that have so far been launched. But the most obvious visual distinction is an all-new nose, and this is where the team’s regulation permitted two-token spend has been made.
The nose is significantly narrower than on last year’s C39 and its tip is shaped quite differently. The ‘twin nostrils’ have disappeared as the technical team has sought to optimize
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the front of the car around the under-nose cape which aids in the creation and direction of the spinning vortices that are fed towards the barge boards."
 
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