The Virgin VR-01 breaks cover - eventually
Virgin Racing unveiled the VR-01, their first Formula One car as the team builds up to it's first race - Bahrain in less than 40 days time.
It didn't exactly go to plan for the usually PR-savvy brand. Originally scheduled to be revealed exclusively online on the team's website at 10am it wasn't until nearly 12 when the first pictures emerged, and even later when the website was updated - it now has photos and a video presented by BBC's David Croft.
On to the car, and even on the first glimpse of the VR-01 you see that it has some unique features not seen on any of the other launched cars so far. It is characterised by a long-thin-low nose, and a distinct black and red livery. Honestly if we hadn't had the photos and they'd said imagine a cross between a CHAMP car and the 2006 Midland F1 car, we wouldn't have been far off.
Some areas of the car look relatively simple, such as the front wing with few elements, and the rear diffuser, regarding the latter Nick Worth said, "kind of a bit different to other people's but it's the basis for development".
Virgin are conducting a private shakedown test tomorrow and Friday at Silverstone, before joining the other F1 teams in Jerez, Spain Wednesday next week for the second group test.
My opinion; it's definitely distinct, but does that make it any good? I'll hold off my judgement until I see what the other new teams have come up with.
What do you think of the Virgin VR-01?