Ferrari's new Formula 1 car, the F2007, made its track debut at the Fiorano Test Track, in northern Italy, on Monday.
The car, which will compete in this year's Formula 1 World Championship, was tested by Felipe Massa. Massa took the F2007 for a run of 39 laps throughout the day over Fiorano's long course (2.976 kilometers, or about 1.845 miles). His quickest lap time: 58.360 seconds.
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The F2007, wet and with driver, weighs about 1,323 pounds (600kg), according to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's specs. (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is the Formula 1 team in Ferrari's racing division.)
Compliance with Formula 1's more stringent crash tests and requirements for greater driver protection from lateral impact have resulted in the addition of composite material to the sides. Also among the requirements: new Bridgestone tires.
The rear of the car is narrower, and Ferrari seems to be bragging about the front suspension, which it implies will reduce drag. The rear of the car also tapers down to a carbon fiber gearbox. But as they do with most Formula 1 refinements like these, the racing design teams are chasing hundredths of a second. There is nothing like like Brabham BT46B Fan car to be found here.
The car's driving angle has changed and the new Bridgestone 2007 tires (mandated by Formula 1) offer less grip--slight changes that Massa and the team will have to work on during the season, according to Massa's statements at the Fiorano press conference.