Sahara Force India was the second team that revealed their 2015 car. The car was not in its final form, as the team said, they will present the final form of the car in Barcelona’s sessions. During the event, Vijay Mallya, Team Principal, mentioned “Let us applaud the Mexican love for motor sport. Let us launch our 2015 F1 car here in Mexico in front of our existing and new partners, the thousands of fans and all those who appreciate what we do.” also he stated that “I am proud and privileged to be standing here today.”
“The 2015 car is a refinement of what we learned in 2014,” Mallya told. “Another major step forward is the technology change, in that we are now using a 60% wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany which is a far bigger step than we have ever taken before. Traditionally we have been in Brackley where we used to develop our car with a 50% model and an outdated wind tunnel. When his speech was over, it was Sergio Perez’s and Nico Hulkenberg’s turn to answer few questions before they pull off the curtains. Few seconds later the flashes were on fire and everyone was able to see the VJM08, more specific everyone was able to see the new colours, on an old car with 2015 spec-nose. The silver, black and orange colours replaced the traditional green, white and orange which used to form India’s flag. Team’s decision was to make the car more aggressive for this season.
Full-spec 2015 car makes its testing debut at Barcelona in February.Force India confirmed that the full-spec car will be presented in Barcelona, which means that the team will run at Jerez with the 2014 car. They are taking a high risk, because they will have only eight days to work on track with the new VJM08 before the first Grand Prix in Australia. Andrew Green, team’s technical director is very confident and believes that they will be ready. “It was a conscious decision we took a couple of months ago,” Green told, also he said that he was never a big fan of Jerez as a test track, because it is very unique. More specific the asphalt is very unique.
Sahara Force India made a huge step forward to their aerodynamic development, by signing a deal to use Toyota’s renowned facility in Cologne, which will give them access to a more improved facilities and technology.
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