American Haas F1 team first to reveal new 2022 car

America’s Haas F1 is out in front.

The only U.S.-based Formula One team on Friday became the first to reveal its 2022 car, which is built to new rules intended to improve the racing in the world’s premier open-wheel series.

The 2022 Haas F1 car is the first to be revealed. It’s white, red and blue livery  is representative of its primary sponsor, Russian fertilizer company Uralkali, rather than the American flag.
(Haas F1)

The VF22’s most striking visual features are the cleaner-looking front and rear wings that, combined with the addition of underbody “ground effects” downforce-producing tunnels, are designed to reduce wake turbulence and allow the cars do stay closer together on the track through curves, with the aim of delivering more frequent passing opportunities.

Updates to its aerodynamic package are very evident compared to the 2021 car seen here.

Updates to its aerodynamic package are very evident compared to the 2021 car seen here.
(Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The 2021 cars lost 35 percent of their downforce when they came within four car lengths of the vehicle in front of them and nearly 50 percent at three lengths, according to Sky Sports. The new cars aim to trim those figures dramatically to four and 18 percent.

New wings and ground effects are meant to reduce wake turbulence and allow cars to be driven more closely together.

New wings and ground effects are meant to reduce wake turbulence and allow cars to be driven more closely together.
(Haas F1)

The cars will still be equipped with a drag reduction system (DRS) that allows drivers to “stall” the rear wing to reduce drag and gain a 10-15 mph passing advantage on certain defined sectors of the tracks, but it may be eliminated during the season if the other updates prove to deliver more competitive racing.

The 2022 cars are also equipped with 18-inch wheels that wear wider tires with shorter sidewalls. 

The 2022 cars are also equipped with 18-inch wheels that wear wider tires with shorter sidewalls. 
(Haas F1)

The series has also switched from 13-inch to 18-inch wheels that better reflect those on today’s production vehicles and are fitted with tires that have shorter sidewalls, but are wider to provide increased mechanical grip and durability.

The engines in the 2022 cars follow the previous 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid formula, but will now run a 10% ethanol blend. Drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin both return for the team’s sixth season.

Haas F1 finished the 2021 season dead last among the 10 teams in the series, failing to score a single championship point after it decided to focus its efforts on developing the 2022 car. The team’s official headquarters is in Kannapolis, N.C., where the Stewart-Haas NASCAR team is also located, but it’s main base of operations is in in Banbury, U.K., near where many of the Formula One teams are located.

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Formula One has also further cut its team spending cap to $140 million, which is down from $175 million in 2020, to help level the playing field for smaller teams like Haas as they go up against outfits will relatively unlimited resources like Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG and Red Bull, which used to spend upwards of $400 million annually.

The new Formula One cars are scheduled to have their first on track test sessions at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from February 23 to 25.

Source: FOX News

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