The Ferrari F60 is a Formula One Motor racing car, which Scuderia Ferrari used to compete in the 2009 Formula One season. They unveiled the car on 12 January 2009. Ferrari F60-Price, Specs, Features
The F60, the 55th single-seater car produced by Ferrari to compete in Formula One, was named F60 to celebrate the fact that 2009 is Ferrari’s 60th year in Formula One, the only team to have completed every year. It was first launched online on 12 January 2009, and Felipe Massa undertook the debut run of the car with a shakedown at Mugello later that day.
The car was initially intended to debut at Ferrari’s home Fiorano track, but the venue was changed due to poor weather conditions at Maranello. This F60’s first full test took place at the Mugello Circuit during the week of 19 January 2009.
On average, the Ferrari F60 is 1.9 seconds faster than the last car despite the new regulations. In the n2009 season, FIA banned the large bargeboards in front of the radiator and the side pods. It also placed limits on the wheelbase making it shorter, simpler front splitter, narrower rear spoiler, and certain underside air flows, so that it is less disruptive to the car behind.
The Ferrari F60 responded to all of this by improving tiny details from the F2008. This front splitter is located further away from the front wheel and now has only 1 layer. Ferrari claims this improves air flows to the wheels. Also, the F60 is only fitted with 1-tread slick tires, and a simpler suspension positioned a bit backward in angle. Moreover, Ferrari removed the large airflow plates and replaced it with a small one, also adjusting some underside airflow.
The side mirrors are located at the edge of the car’s floor. Also, the FIA’s ban on small side wings led to the creation of a “cleaner” side pods acceptable of the smaller engine, and a smooth underside of the chassis. In fact, the rear diffuses is revised to meet the regulations that stated it has to produce less downforce.
Through the season:
The F60 scored its first points in Bahrain, the fourth race of the season. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth, gaining three points for Ferrari. Felipe Massa had an accident in the Hungarian Grand Prix involving a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car falling off and striking him on his helmet. He did not start the race and for the rest of the season, he was replaced by Ferrari test driver.
The F60 won its first only race of 2009 at the hands of Raikkonen at the Belgian Grand Prix, after starting 6th on the grid. They eventually finished fourth in the constructor’s standings, just behind McLaren, and making 2009 the worst season for Ferrari since 1993. Raikkonen was Ferrari’s highest points scoring driver in 2009, finishing sixth in the standing with 48 points, one adrift of fifth-placed Lewis Hamilton of McLaren.
In early August 2009, Ferrari announced that they had stopped developing the F60 in order to concentrate on the 2010 car.
The overall design of the F60 still maintains the proportions of sexy F12 coupe it is based on, but it adds a dash of excitement and visual aggression with a completely revised front end.
The rear end has been completely altered as well. While the front end looks incredible, the tail looks a little frumpy. New sculpting and vents in the rear bumper make the back look a bit like a grumpy frog.
The interior receives nearly as many special features and design touches as the outside did. This thin carbon-backed racing buckets each come covered in leather and feature a stripe running up the center that is white at the bottom and finished with a bright blue at the top that matches the exterior paint of the car.
The honor of being one of the 10 new owners of an F60 America is rumored to be a mind-blowing $2.5-million.
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