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Sauber reveals C36-Ferrari

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20/02/2017

Other than the fact that the car, like the Williams revealed on Friday, looks 'pretty' rather than 'mean' and 'aggressive', the first thing one notices - other than the change from a blue and yellow livery to blue and white - is the lack of sponsors decals. Indeed, one of the most prominent 'decals' on the car actually celebrates Sauber's '25 Years in Formula One'.

Despite this, with new ownership, Sauber insists it has the chance of a new beginning, and can establish itself and can create a solid basis for a competitive and successful future.

"Together with Longbow Finance S. A., we have great opportunities to be competitive again and to return to previous successes in Formula One," said CEO and Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn. "We want to position ourselves with a new approach, and we have already taken the first steps in order to build a solid foundation for the future."

Despite the fact that Formula One once again enters new territory based on new technical regulations and rules, the team's expectations are straight to the point: "We clearly have to improve," says Kaltenborn. "With the Sauber C36-Ferrerai we have a solid basis as well as the resources to further develop the Sauber C36-Ferrari through the season. This will be important to establish in mid-field."

Jorg Zander, the team's new technical director, arrived at Hinwil in January, the first thing he had to do was to get an overview of the technical prerequisites and to familiarise himself with both the new and the old conditions. Zander is a familiar face, returning to the Swiss team after having worked there from 2006 to 2007 as chief designer for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

The German summarises the most conspicuous changes that define the Sauber C36-Ferrari due to the new regulations: "The cars are becoming wider again, from 1.80 to 2 metres, the tyres are 25 % wider, the front and rear wings are becoming wider as well, plus the diffuser is being enlarged. In total, this means more downforce, more grip and, as a result, faster lap times."

Consequently, work on the concept of the new car was focused on reducing the drag coefficient (due to the wider tyres) to a minimum as well as achieving a significant weight reduction, for instance by means of the new roll structure. In certain areas of lightweight design the team went to the limits. The aero concept includes the optimisation of the front and rear wings and the underfloor. The radiator, the sidepods and the bodywork were designed to be as slim as possible.

Clear progress was also achieved in terms of additional downforce. The key here is to keep downforce, which is generated via driving, and remain stable in various track sections.

Zander explains the changes in the development procedure in more precise terms: "We put greater emphasis on aerodynamic stability as opposed to maximising downforce."

"Basically, big teams also have an advantage when it comes to major changes in the regulations," he adds, "but when the cards are reshuffled new opportunities always present themselves as well. The Sauber C36-Ferrari is wider and lower, with wider tyres making the car look more muscular than last year's model, the C35.

"Practically just by looking at it, one can tell the speed the new car has increased as a result of more downforce and shorter braking distances - measured against lap time, not top speed - it is written all over its face. The width of the front tyres has increased from 245 to 305 mm, that of the rear tyres from 325 to 405 mm.

"Something that has not changed compared with 2016 is the fact that the wider tyres will be able to decide races as well when it comes to how they work and harmonise with the car's setup and with respect to wear. With the tyres one might be able to mask deficits and get development concepts to work better."

The Sauber C36-Ferrari is a car which, due to the new technical regulations, has been redesigned from scratch. There is not a single part that could be adopted from its C35 predecessor.

In 2017, the Ferrari powertrain in the Abu Dhabi 2016 configuration will be used initially together with the C36. One of the changes this season is that only four of the six units of a powertrain can be changed without penalty. In the next few years the number will be further reduced, which is why the manufacturers are going to put greater emphasis on the durability than on the top speed of their units.

Zander regards the 2016-spec engine as "a tried and tested system with higher durability to begin with."

In addition, with respect to the design resources in planning the development of the C36, the German says that "being able to get started early and defining the engine environment was an advantage because the team was familiar with the engine and the transmission as well as the cooling requirements the engine entailed."

Check out our Sauber C36 reveal gallery, here.

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1. Posted by ColliAle, 21/02/2017 13:01

"We've had two "unveilings" and I find myself unimpressed with this "new look". Can somebody point out to me how the regulations have forced the cars to look more aggressive?"

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2. Posted by TheHillsHaveEyes, 20/02/2017 17:00

"It will be interesting to see how the car copes with a cross wind with the sharks fin, could make the rear unstable."

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3. Posted by Yves, 20/02/2017 16:27

"Were we not supposed to be blown away by more "mean" and agressive looking cars ?!?

What doesn't help in this particular case is the styling of this Sauber; with those side "white walls", the car looks like a killer whale...

I hope it will get better from here on for the other unveilings..."

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4. Posted by White Lightning, 20/02/2017 12:54

"The lack of sponsors is quite frightening. The Sauber of today is no better or worse than the Sauber of the old Petronas, Red Bull, Credit Suisse days but there just doesn't seem to be any money out there for the midfield and below. Even 15 years ago you'd have the likes of Jordan and Arrows getting relatively big corporate deals and the Minardis of the world always had logos plastered everywhere, albeit often on the never-never. Now a lot of the little guys look like spec series cars and the big boys - including Force India - are sponsored by themselves.

Anyway, didn't like it on first sight earlier but it's grown on me as I've started to notice the little details. Looking forward to seeing them all in daylight rather than these terrible dark backgrounds that seem to be chosen to obscure rather than enhance."

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