Green: Nose the stand-out feature of VJM07
22 January 2014 – Force India Technical Director Andrew Green has described the nose structure of the VJM07 as the car's "stand-out" feature, after an inconclusive side profile image was published by the team.
For the upcoming F1 campaign, heavily revised technical regulations have been set out, with the maximum permitted nose height being reduced from 550mm to 185mm in a bid to further improve safety levels.
"The nose is a stand-out but from the nose backwards it looks quite similar [to 2013]," said Green.
He went on to explain that the design is likely to change substantially in the early stages of the season: "Our nose is a launch spec and later we will have an updated front end of the car, which potentially is quite different. We had to take quite a pragmatic view and say we've got to go testing so we've got to get a car out of the door.
"As much as we want to push the boundaries of the impact structure, because we know how important they are for the whole car, we don't have the resources to push it to the limit in our first iteration, so we need a banker.
"We've got ourselves a car that we can go testing and racing with. Several weeks ago we started pushing the design boundaries because we think there's performance in it. There are new concepts coming through."
Green added that the reduction in overall downforce, with front wings narrowed by 150mm, lower rear wings being outlawed and the main flap becoming shallower in profile, has been a major test for design teams.
"The front wing change is significant; it's a completely different concept for 2014," he said. "That was a big task, rebuilding all those aerodynamic structures from the front to the back to complement the smaller rear wing.
"The loss of the lower rear wing, or beam wing, leads to a significant loss of performance. That lower wing helped connect the diffuser to the top wing and gave those two areas a lot of support. Without it, it's become very difficult to extract performance and it's going to be quite a tricky area to keep stable.
"So there was quite a dramatic loss in headline downforce numbers, while there was also a drop in drag."