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Marussia F1 Team reveals its 2013 F1 car

by Niharika Ghorpade Posted on February 5, 2013 16:44 IST 1,049 Views

Marussia F1 Team driver Max Chilton revealed its KERS fitted Cosworth powered 2013 F1 car, the MR02, on the first day of the pre-season test at Jerez circuit on February 5, 2013


Marussia F1 team MR02 launch



Russian-owned Marussia F1 Team unveiled its Cosworth powered 2013 challenger, the MR02, on the first day of the pre-season test at Jerez. After Timo Glock’s exit from the team, the team is yet to sign a replacement and the British rookie Max Chilton is the only confirmed driver for the 2013 season so far. 


For the first time in the history of the team, their car has been fitted with a KERS unit with the aim of being able to break into the top 10 of the Constructors’ Championships standings this season. Further, they also have a also fitted the MR02 with an all new exhaust.


The MR02 is the first offering from Marussia’s revised technical structure where they have also started using the wind tunnel technology, instead of solely using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) technology, based on which they had developed the MR01.


MR02’s design philosophy has also employed wind-tunnel development, as part of Marussia’s technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies. The installation of the KERS was done with support by Williams Advanced Engineering.



Marussia MR02



Needless to say installing a KERS unit into the car is of critical importance for a team like Marussia, and to do that they had to go through the painstaking process of not only redesigning their car in entirety but at the same time reduce the weight and maintain the stiffness to pass the mandatory FIA crash tests. 


Another major development in the car was the enhanced cooling efficiency to improve the airflow over the rear of the car. The team will make more upgrades to the aerodynamics during and after the pre-season tests. Therefore one can expect a lot of changes in the aerodynamics of the MR02 before the start of the season at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. 


Team Principal John Booth said “We are not kidding ourselves, F1 is pretty tricky and we've turned this car out with 165 people - and we should be really proud of that. But we shouldn't put our expectations against Red Bull, who have 500 people and four times the budget.”


The team has finally managed making a complete package of all that they need to move ahead of fellow backmarkers. The MR02 is packaged with a KERS, a Coanda exhaust, and a high front chassis together with a partly covered stepped nose. Last year Marussia was one of the few teams without the infamous stepped nose.


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