Key Materials & Developments: Ferrari's F2007

The F2007 is the 53rd single-seater to be built by Ferrari’s Scuderia since its inception in 1929, and is arguably the most exotic in terms of both aerodynamics and materials.

The F2007 is the 53rd single-seater to be built by Ferrari’s Scuderia since its inception in 1929, and is arguably the most exotic in terms of both aerodynamics and materials. To meet revised technical requirements from the FIA, F1’s sanctioning body, engineers at Ferarri’s storied Gestione Sportiva division (solely responsible for handling all of the automaker’s racing programs) were required to make significant changes to the previous car’s body and chassis, including the addition of a thick pad of Zylon, a composite material, to improve side impact protection. In addition, Ferrari:

  • Revised the front suspension with a focus on improving overall aerodynamics.
  • Changed the shapes of the side-pods and engine air intake to improve cooling system efficiency and bring more air to the 209-lb., 90? all-aluminum 2.4-liter V8. (FIA regulations effectively have frozen development of F1 engines for the foreseeable future.)
  • Increased the F2007’s wheelbase by 3.35-in. to improve handling and aerodynamics, while the making the rear of the car narrower than its predecessor by revising the shape of the longitudinally mounted 7-speed gearbox housing. The housing is made from carbon fiber.

Ferrari provided us with a list of the materials used on the F2007. Unsurprisingly, given the secretive nature of the sport, it is mum on exactly where the materials are used. However, we talked with some knowledgeable people and came up with the following educated guesses about where the some of the materials may be deployed