Maranello, 14th January 2007
The F2007 is the fifty third single-seater built by Ferrari specifically to compete in the
Formula 1 World Championship.
The project, known internally as the 658, represents the Scuderia's interpretation of
the technical regulations that apply for 2007, with changes principally concerning
safety, through the introduction of more stringent front and rear crash tests and the
addition of a composite material structure to provide lateral protection to the sides of
the driver. These modifications have led to a significant increase in the weight of the
car, in the region of just under ten kilogrammes.
The F2007 chassis has been significantly modified when compared to the 248 F1.
The design was revised to accommodate a new front suspension that represents a
major conceptual innovation, mainly in terms of aerodynamics. The shape of the
side-pods and their openings are also revised, based on modifications to the cooling
system, which also implies exits for the radiators on the upper part of the bodywork,
while the engine air intake is also substantially different. The car has a longer
wheelbase than its predecessor. The rear of the car is much narrower, taking
advantage of the more sculpted shape of the gearbox housing, which again this year
is made from carbon fibre. The gearbox itself, which is still mounted longitudinally, is
fitted with an innovative quick-shift system (seven plus reverse). The rear suspension
is similar to that on the 248 F1, but a significant development programme is planned
in this area, in order to get the most out of the system, based on making progress in
understanding the behaviour of the 2007 tyres. The front and rear aerodynamic
configuration is also expected to change considerably before the start of the World
Championship. The position of the rear view mirrors seen on the 2006 car remains
unchanged and the same goes for the exhaust system.
In accordance with the regulations that come into force this year, the basic structure
of the engine remains the same as the one homologated at the end of last season.
Therefore, the 056 engine continues as a load bearing member and is again
mounted longitudinally. Based on what is permitted in the regulations, the following
modifications have been carried out to the engine signed off with the FIA in October