Sauber C31: best looking new F1 car?

I haven’t for sure figured out why I think this is the best looking F1 car around, but on Monday, Sauber introduced their new C31 for this year’s F1 competition.  I think it’s something about the ‘steps’ right before the nose that really do it for me; remind me of the more straight-curve mixtures we used to see on F1 cars in the 70s.  The colours, the nose treatment, and those combinations of curves and straight edges really do it for me.

I know that the “look” of the F1 car is of less importance than all of the performance characteristics; but to someone who appreciates the design of race cars——this one hits the right buttons!

src: F1SA

EDIT! I’ve just realised after careful examination that Ferrari also has a very similar design to their nose—–just executed with much poorer aesthetics (but likely better aerodynamics).  But you would expect that—-as it’s a Ferrari.

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10 thoughts on “Sauber C31: best looking new F1 car?

  1. Automobiliac says:

    Are you kidding?? This year’s F1 cars are the ugliest I have ever seen. That notched nose design is hideous.

  2. Rob says:

    if you ignore the front wing, all f1 cars this season look like ducks from the front. and they’re not pretty animals.

  3. Marian87 says:

    All of a sudden all F1 cars turned ugly. WTF?

  4. SR71 says:

    If by best looking you mean least ugly then yes, could be. Luckily I don’t give a toss about F1.

  5. danidmas says:

    I completely agree. Except McLaren, all cars have a similar design on the front nose — Red Bull has introduced an air intake in the “step” — but the Sauber, for some reason I cannot explain, is my favorite of them all.

    • Syed says:

      agreed! i just looked through a bunch of pics….didn’t realise the Red Bull had an intake on the step…interesting…..

  6. Razvan says:

    This is due to the fact that new regulations by FIA.McLaren has a lower chassis and that`s the reason that they choose a more “regular” nose.

    I too love the new designs,more aggresive ,more function than form.

    looking forward to melbourne!

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