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Month: February 2022

Newsletter 43: Ferrari F1-75

Two people on a red background

The Ferrari F1-75 was revealed on Thursday afternoon and first impressions are good………. it looks fantastic!  There was a hint, from the teamwear colours released earlier this year, that the car would have more black incorporated into the livery, and that is what has happened with the black covering the front and rear wing while the rest of the car is draped in traditional red.

The current colour scheme harks back to the type of livery the Scuderia used in the 1990’s. Since then we have seen the team go for a red and white theme and in more recent times a red and green type look, which many were not fans of.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice no “mission winnow” on the car.

This was a Philip Morris (Marlboro) initiative and, as some of you may be aware, Philip Morris ended their partnership with Ferrari at the end of last year.

The ending of this partnership would also explain the colour scheme change. Previous colour schemes were dictated by the corporate identity of Malboro, as they were the primary sponsor.

Sideview of the F1-75

The biggest change in the new F1-75 is engine related, and there’s not too much info in the ether on that.

We do know however, that in 2021 the team made a leap forward, despite spending most of the year focusing on 2022.

The rules around the power unit are not changing this year, so, 2022 represents the final opportunity for the power unit manufacturers to make an impact in this department before an engine development freeze comes into play at the end of 2025.

Ferrari have interpreted the new rules in some very innovative ways.

Starting at the front of the car, the wing is pretty much indistinguishable from all the other teams, but that’s where the similarities end.

The centre section of the car, and in particular the side pods and the big undercut in the middle, are in stark contrast to what has been seen so far.

Showing the Ferrari F1-75

The genius of this design is, instead of trying to manage airflow from around the sides of the F1-75 (very turbulent), Ferrari is directing air from the from wing, into the undercut (1), the air box (2), and then through the internal valley in the side pod (3).

This means the airflow is much more manageable and should result in a much more slippery car.

The turning vanes, attached to the outer edge of the floor are designed to control the flow of wake created by the front wheels.

Showing logos on a car

In addition, Ferrari has an upturned vane on the leading edge of the undercut, to direct airflow along the underside of the side pod, utilising the turning vane and keeping the flow controlled along the length of the undercut section.

Different logos on a car

The rear suspension is vastly different from recent Ferrari configurations.
The upper wishbones are a lot wider and flatter, have a much more pronounced angle and are extended further forward.
This helps with the airflow created by the side pod configuration and enables a smoother transition towards the rear wing.

Showing the build of the Ferrari

The idea behind this layout is to energise the rear wing and make it perform to its maximum.

F1-75 Ferrari from the side

The entire objective of any race car is to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
The new rules have put much more emphasis on downforce and ground effect than has been seen since the 1970’s.
The aim is to channel the air along the car, through the various vanes, valleys and wings, and forcing it upwards at the rear, away from the cars following, thus enabling closer racing.

Ferrari Air Vents

Ferrari have been extremely aggressive with their approach to the 2022 design and have come up with some very elegant solutions for the F1-75.
Lets hope that this will be the change that we have been hoping for!!!

F1-75 Full front view


“Factories are made of people, machines and buildings.
Ferrari, above all, is made of people.”

That was a famous quote by Enzo Ferrari, and words that are being reiterated by the company in celebration of Ferrari’s 75th Anniversary.

Ferrari 75 Years

Ferrari is introducing a 75th Anniversary logo to commemorate Enzo Ferrari setting up shop back in 1947.
While his first car was the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 in 1940, the 125 S race car introduced seven years later was the first Ferrari-badged model in history.
On February 17th, Scuderia Ferrari will take the covers off the 2022 Formula 1 car and reveal it to the world.
The Italian team has already announced that the car will be called:

The F1-75.


Whilst the first-ever car to wear the Ferrari badge was the 125 S, in 1947; seven years earlier, Enzo Ferrari created the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815.
It never bore his name, but it is the very first car built by Ferrari.
There is only one remaining Auto Avio 815 example in existence, and as such, you would think it would be housed in a room made of Tungsten, built on a hill only accessible by unicorn, and guarded by a three-headed dragon, but no………………………….
The Auto Avio is kept in an old castle, in a town called Panzano, a stone’s throw from Modena, in a room that looks like the roof may give way any minute.

Collection of old cars
The Auto Avio sits between a Giulietta SZ (left) and a Lamborghini 350 GT, in the castle of Mario Rhigini.

When Enzo left Alfa Romeo in 1939, he had to agree not to use the Ferrari name, or be involved in motor racing for four years.
While the official line these days is that Enzo “quit… to set up his own company,” he was in fact (as he himself admitted) fired.
As Brock Yates wrote in his seminal biography of Enzo Ferrari, the firing became “something of a cause celebre in the Italian sporting press,” and led to a minor palace revolt at Alfa Corse, with other top names, such as Enrico Nardi, joining Enzo as victims of the bloodletting.
But this was 1939, there was bloodletting of an altogether more serious kind spreading across Europe.
To again quote Brock Yates, “Even as the acrid smell of cordite drifted slowly south over the Alpine peaks, Enzo Ferrari had one final gesture of defiance in mind before Italy plunged into the fighting.”

Black and White Car
This was the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815.

Enzo’s act of defiance was the result of a visit in December 1939, from the young Alberto Ascari, who wanted Ferrari to build two sports cars for the 1940 Mille Miglia, one for himself, and one for his friend, who went by the wonderful name of Marchese Lotario Rangoni Macchiaveli di Modena.
Enzo agreed, and his decision was a middle fingered gesture aimed at Alfa.
Since the Mille Miglia was scheduled for 28 April, they had just four months to create two racing cars from scratch.
For this reason, and also because the regulations demanded that a production car chassis form the basis of the racer, the new cars were based on the Fiat 508C Ballila.

Auto Avio

The main problem was that the Ballila’s engine was far too small.
So Alberto Massimino, a highly experienced designer and another victim of the Alfa revolt, came up with the plan of building a straight-eight engine block and topping it with a pair of modified Fiat Ballila cylinder heads.
The new car’s name: 815 refers to the engine’s 8 cylinders and 1.5-litre capacity.

Car engine

Meanwhile, the open-topped, large-grilled bodywork with its ultra-modern Plexiglas windscreen was styled by Carrozzeria
Touring Superleggera, and the cars were fitted with Borrani wire wheels.

Car Wheel

The potential of the cars was proved in the Mille Miglia itself, as both led the 1500cc class in turn, before suffering mechanical problems that forced them to withdraw, hardly surprising when only four months previously, the two racers had been nothing but a twinkle in Enzo’s eye.
They were clearly worthy of further development, but Italy’s rapid entry into the ongoing war put paid to any such plans. By 1945, Enzo was free to develop cars with his own name, the first being the famous Ferrari 125 S.
There’s little doubt that Enzo learnt a great deal from his act of defiance and the ‘secret’ Ferrari of 1940.

Auto Avio angle

The last remaining Auto Avio 815 currently belongs to Mario Rhigini and, as if owning the rarest Ferrari on the planet wasn’t enough, he also owns a couple of hundred other cars …………………. including an extremely rare Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, which was personally owned by Tazio Nuvolari, a Mercedes Benz once belonging to Adolf Hitler,
a Formula 1 Ferrari 512T raced by Gilles Villeneuve, Benito Mussolini’s private car, the fearsome “cigar” on four wheels,… the unique Fiat Chiribiri, powered by a 7-litre, 300-horsepower aircraft engine!
Plus, hundreds more significant, historic vehicles.

Collage of a car collection

Rhigini was renowned for buying all the scrap, test and crashed race cars that Ferrari discarded.
He purchased the Auto Avio (Chassis 021) from Enrico Beltracchini, who raced the car in 1947 before selling the
car to a museum. After re-purchasing the car, Enrico sold it to Righini.
As of 2020, the car remains in the Rhigini Collection.
Mario Rhigini can regularly be seen tearing up the streets of Panzano when he takes the Auto Avio out for a spirited Sunday drive ……………………….. something that takes big kahunas, in something so rare!!

Auto Avio side view
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