The Haas F1 team have launched their 2017 car – the VJ-17.
The all American team, who made their F1 debut at the start of last season, have launched their new car – their second ever.
Called the VF-17, it follows last year’s successful VF-16, which scored 29 points en route to P8 in the Constructor’s Championship.
The car sports a new livery, more sleek and glamorous than last year’s predominantly red and white scheme. A dark grey makes up the majority of the livery, with tones of red, black, white and light gray incorporating the look of Haas Automation colour scheme – Haas being the parent company of the team.
Incorporating “VF” into the name of the car is a nod to the history of Haas Automation. The “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One”.
“I think the pedal box is the same, but all the rest is very different from last year’s car,” said Guenther Steiner, Team Principal. “You always try to make a faster car, which is normally a lighter car. Now we can put on more ballast and get better weight distribution. The aero is completely new, as are the tires, so we needed to have some built-in adjustability.
“Aesthetically, the car has a more aggressive look. It’s lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. Everything we learned from our first car has been applied to our new car.”