Virgin Racing Launch 2011 car
The Virgin race team were in London on Monday morning to unveil their 2011 car, the MVR-02. The car which was unveiled at the BBC Television Centre, was designed using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) rather than a wind tunnel, just like its predecessor. After finishing at the bottom of the constructors' championship table in the teams maiden F1 season, after early-season reliability issues costs them crucial ground in the battle against fellow newcomers Lotus and Hispania, Virgin Racing's technical director Nick Wirth, has said the team is expecting a big step forward in performance after having access to double the computing power he had for the development of the 2010 car. Whilst team principal John Booth, said: “2011 is all about moving forward and starting to achieve solid results. “ Adding that “the MVR-02 is a clear step forward in every area and a credit to all the hard work that has gone into our car development programme over the past 12 months. “ “Generally, we have every reason to believe that 2011 will be a very exciting and positive experience for our team.” The new MVR-02 which carries the hopes of Timo Glock and F1 rookie Jerome d'Ambrosio for the 2011 season, was launched alongside the road-going Marussia B1 supercar in order to highlight the presence of new shareholders Marussia at the team. Furthermore, a slightly revised livery for the 2011 season, also marks the partnership with the Russian sportscar firm. Commenting on behalf of Marussia, Nikolay Fomenko, President of Marussia Motors and Marussia Virgin Racing’s new Engineering Director, said: “Last season the Marussia brand featured on the VR-01; this year we are extremely proud that Marussia is not only integrated into the livery but also the name of the car and the team." Adding "I’m particularly pleased that we will be operating under a Russian license in 2011, which means that we can look forward to seeing our national flag being raised on the occasion of our first podium finish! In 2011 our objective is to finish every race and regularly compete in Q2. We need to continually make small but significant steps this season to move us up the field. I am excited about the potential in the future to benefit from exchanging ideas on technology between the F1 team and the road car programme.” As like a couple of the other teams, Virgin decided to run an interim car at the first pre-season tests in Valencia last week. Although, the MVR-02 will make its track debut when the second round of pre-season tests get underway at Jerez on Thursday. Compared with its predecessor, the car features a slightly lower nose than many of the other 2011 cars unveiled so far.