The new BMW Sauber F1.08 unveiled in Munich
The team was presented with the BMW Sauber F1.08 against the futuristic backdrop of the brand’s new vehicle delivery centre.
The presentation, which took place before an audience of several hundred media representatives from around the world, included a spectacular cameo from Nick Heidfeld.
As the longest-serving F1 driver in the BMW ranks, the German took the new car for a spin inside the vast building.
The BMW Sauber F1.08 is eye-catching with its imposing front wing and extremely slim rear, and boasts a wealth of innovative technology.
The team will take on the challenge with the same race drivers as in 2007: Germany’s Nick Heidfeld and his Polish team-mate Robert Kubica will be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.08 for the 18 grands prix which make up the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship. The name for the test driver has not been published yet.
For Technical Director Willy Rampf the philosophy behind the race car for the 2008 season boils down to what he calls “evolutionary new development”.
In other words, last year’s car already provided the engineers with a sound basis for the BMW Sauber F1.08, and they did not have to spend time correcting faults.
A particularly eye-catching feature of the F1.08 is the mighty front wing. Having said that, the car’s nose has actually slimmed down, in equal measure to the rear end.
The narrower engine cover has been designed with all-new extra wing elements.
After three rounds of Demonstration at BMW Welt, Nick Heidfeld adds: "The F1.08 is the most beautiful vehicle I have seen in my F1 career.
It has a lot of interesting details. I’m really excited about getting inside it on Thursday in Valencia".
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