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F1: Sauber takes the wraps off the C31

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Sauber took the wraps off its C31, the car that Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez will field in the 2012 season of Formula 1. The C31, no surprises, also features a stepped nose and has a unique pull-rod rear suspension.

Team principal, Peter Sauber said that the team is hoping to finish in the points on a regular basis.

 

 

Meanwhile chief designer Matt Morris had this to say 'The C31 is revolutionary where we had fresh ideas, particularly at the rear of the car, and it is an evolution where we knew we could carry over certain approaches. We had to improve on the weaknesses we identified on the C30, but at the same time we wanted to maintain its strengths. We expect quite different tyre characteristics in 2012. Pirelli is in its second year, so is now beginning to refine its compounds and the tyre’s profile. The compounds generally tend to be heading to slightly softer solutions, slightly more biased to a stronger front tyre than last year. This, of course, changes the way you balance the car.

SPECIFICATIONS

Sauber C31-Ferrari

Chassis

carbon-fibre monocoque

Front suspension

upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pushrods

Rear suspension

upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pullrods

Brakes

six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon-fibre pads and discs (Brembo)

Transmission

Ferrari 7-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch

Chassis electronics

MES

KERS

Ferrari

Steering wheel

Sauber F1 Team

Tyres

Pirelli

Wheels

OZ

Dimensions

Length               5.195 mm
width                1.800 mm
height                 1.000 mm
track width, front          1.495 mm
track width, rear      1.410 mm

Weight

640 kg (incl. driver, tank empty)



Ferrari 056 Motor

Type

naturally aspirated V8, 90° cylinder angle

Engine block

sand-cast aluminium

Valves / valve train

32 / pneumatic

Displacement

2,398 ccm

Bore

98 mm

Weight

> 95 kg

Electronic injection and ignition