Virgin παρουσίασε την MVR-02. Η βρετανική ομάδα τελείωσε το 2010 στην τελευταία θέση της βαθμολογίας και ελπίζει ότι το νέο της αυτοκίνητο θα είναι πιο αποδοτικό και κυρίως πιο αξιόπιστο από το περσινό. Η MVR-02 είναι σχεδιασμένη εξ’ ολοκλήρου με CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) χωρίς να έχει γίνει χρήση της αεροδυναμικής σήραγγας. Ο Nick Wirth (τεχνικός διευθυντής) πιστεύει ότι έχουν κάνει ένα μεγάλο βήμα προόδου, αφού έχει διπλασιαστεί η υπολογιστική ισχύς σε σχέση με το 2010. Το οδηγικό δίδυμο της ομάδας για το 2011 θα είναι οι Timo Glock και Jérome D’Ambrosio.
The MVR-02 was fired up for the first time yesterday. Today the car was revealed to the media, partners and fans.
Today we unveiled our 2011 season challenger – the MVR-02 – at the BBC’s Television Centre in London. We also took the opportunity to outline the team’s vision for 2011 and beyond following last week’s management restructure.
As with the VR-01, the aerodynamics of the MVR-02 have been designed entirely using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) now using the most powerful supercomputer allowed by current agreements.
As already announced, the driver line-up for the 20 Grands Prix on the 2011 Formula One World Championship calend consists of Germany’s Timo Glock and Belgium’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio, who makes his Formula One debut with the team this season.
The car is the first to bear the MVR chassis designation, following Russian performance car manufacturer Marussia’s acquisition of a significant stake in the team at the end of last season.
Marussia Virgin Racing bucked the trend of a trackside roll-out and instead opted to reveal the MVR-02 during a recorded television production – ‘An Audience with Marussia Virgin Racing’ – which took place in front of a packed audience of Media and Team Partners at the famous television studios. True to the team’s commitment to its burgeoning fan base, Marussia Virgin Racing also welcomed a large contingent of its social media followers to the event and they were at the heart of the action as the wraps came off the new car in Studio 1.
The management team were questioned in today’s “An Audience with Marussia Virgin Racing”. Here’s what they said.
Here’s some selected quotes from the team’s key management:
Marussia Virgin Racing Team Principal John Booth: “We had a tough but incredibly rewarding baptism into Formula One last season and I am extremely proud that we proved ourselves to be more than equal to the challenge. We are also very proud to be competing as Marussia Virgin Racing in 2011 and we look forward to rewarding the faith that Marussia demonstrated in the team when it made such a significant investment at the end of last year.
“2011 is all about moving forward and starting to achieve solid results. We have a very exciting driver line-up in Timo Glock and Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Timo did an exceptional job in difficult circumstances last season and contributed a great deal to the car’s development and that of our racing team. We will certainly benefit from the continuity that Timo brings. He has been working very hard over the winter and is in top physical and mental shape for our second season together. We are also delighted to welcome Jerome in his debut season of Formula One competition. He did an excellent job during his evaluation period towards the end of last season and he demonstrated in testing last week that he clearly has the bit between his teeth. He is a very exciting young talent and we are enjoying seeing his clear potential unfold with each outing in the car.”
“The MVR-02 is a clear step forward in every area and a credit to all the hard work that has gone into our car development programme over the past 12 months. We are delighted to be working with our engine supplier Cosworth for a second season of collaboration. Despite the freeze on engine development they have been working hard on reliability and performance optimisation over the winter and we fully expect a continuation of the success they enjoyed in their return to the sport in 2010. The sport has the added challenge of a new tyre supplier in Pirelli but we have made good progress with tailoring our mechanical package to suit the new Pzero tyres in the group tests in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2010 and in Valencia last week.
“Generally, we have every reason to believe that 2011 will be a very exciting and positive experience for our team.”
Chief Designer Nick Wirth provided the technical insight: “We are extremely pleased to have proved the digital design process in Formula One last season and to have demonstrated that it is possible to compete at the highest level of motor sport with a car designed wholly in computer simulation. Having said that, we faced a very steep learning curve and experienced some tough lessons, which we have applied to our design programme for 2011.
“I am confident that we have made real progress with the MVR-02, producing a car with more downforce than the VR-01 and having made significant gains in terms of weight, stiffness and overall quality. It also provides a good basis for development over the course of the season.”
“As ever, the regulation changes presented some interesting challenges, in particular the introduction of a hydraulically actuated moveable rear wing. The provision for that was made early on, so we were able to integrate the technology into the brand new hydraulics package that we ran in Abu Dhabi where we took the opportunity to prove out a number of systems for the MVR-02. So we start 2011 as we mean to go on – rather more ahead of the game – by going testing in Jerez this week with proven parts.
“We also have the added challenge of a new tyre supplier in Pirelli and this helps level the playing field as the teams’ experience of the Pzero tyres will be limited to only two days of testing in Abu Dhabi and 2011 pre-season testing in Spain and Bahrain. Where I hope we will be able to gain an advantage is in flexing our highly sophisticated computer simulation muscle.
“As ever, all will be revealed in qualifying for the Brahrain Grand Prix next month, but in the meantime we look forward to what we hope will be a positive track debut for the MVR-02 in Jerez this week.”
Marussia Virgin Racing’s new CEO, Andy Webb, revealed the philosophy behind the team’s 2011 challenge: “First of all I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting stage in its development. The changes we announced last week represent only good news for Marussia Virgin Racing as we bring the strength in depth required to move us forward.
“The watchwords of our 2011 challenge are Ambition, Progress, Distinctive. Firstly, this team has serious ambitions and we have an aggressive five year plan towards competing at the front of the grid. The team’s racing aspirations are underpinned by Marussia’s ambitious plans to position itself firmly on the worldwide automotive radar and we look forward to a great deal of exciting collaboration between the two programmes.
“Secondly, the team has made enormous progress over the past 12 months. It shouldn’t be forgotten that this time last year it was still establishing its operational base and putting into place some of the logistical building blocks that other teams have enjoyed for many seasons. We now have a robust racing operation and we have made the necessary further investments required to help move us further up the grid, whilst adhering to the responsible business philosophy under which the team was founded and the spirit of the Resource Restriction Agreement. With the help of CSC we have doubled the computing power of the CFD design programme and we have of course the strengthened management team to steer us towards a successful future. That is a great deal of progress in such a short space of time.
“Last but far from least, we want to be distinctive, to forge our own path. Marussia Virgin Racing has its own operational style and team culture and this is how we will go racing and engage with our Partners and our fans. To underpin this we have created a very exciting new look and feel for the team in terms of our brand design, elements of which have been revealed at today’s launch through our car livery and the Tavis Coburn visual identity. As the representative for Marussia during its partnership with the team in its debut season, I am ideally placed to comment on the benefits that an association with the team can bring – the team is now, after all, called Marussia Virgin Racing. We look forward to rewarding the faith of our existing partners and to welcoming new brands who can share in the commercial possibilities that Marussia now enjoys.”
Timo and Jérôme talk about the new MVR-02
After today’s launch of the MVR-02 – Marussia Virgin Racing’s challenger for the forthcoming Formula One season – the team’s 2011 driver line-up of Timo Glock and Jerome D’Ambrosio revealed their excitement about the new season and the progress that the team has made over the winter months.
After taking part in the team’s innovative television production-style launch event at the BBC’s Television Centre, the drivers follow the car straight to Jerez in Spain for its debut test providing the first real barometer of its performance potential.
Timo will be the first to get behind the wheel of the new car during the first two days of the four day programme, while Jerome will get his first run in the new MVR-02 for the final two days of testing in the south of Spain.
Timo Glock “Today is a very special day for everybody in the team. It’s a moment we have all been working very hard for, and to be able to be here at the second car launch for the team is something very special. Everyone is really looking forward to our second season in Formula One. Having waited so long to see the MVR-02 come to life, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new car at the test in Jerez. Getting to grips with the new Pirelli tyres will continue to be an interesting challenge, following on from our first two tests with the PZeros in Abu Dhabi last year and in Valencia last week. I’m really looking forward to putting the first kilometres on the car and get down to business preparing for what should be a very positive season for us.”
Jerome D’Ambrosio “I couldn’t be more excited. I have finally seen the first Formula One car I will race in and it’s fantastic. This is a really special day and I can’t wait to drive the new car for the first time later this week. The team has really done a great job, and now we have to keep pushing hard and begin to understand how the new car works. Personally, I have done a great deal of work to get myself into the best physical and mental shape and I’m ready to start racing. I really can’t wait t drive the MVR-02.”