Sahara Force India unveiled its 2013 race car as Paul Di Resta pulled the covers off the VJM06 at Silverstone circuit.
The VJM06 is the third F1 car by Sahara Force India to be overseen by Technical Director, Andrew Green, and is considered as an evolution of last season's car as it builds on the strengths of the 2012 car. With technical rules being stable for this year, the most prominent change to the car was the removal of the 'step nose'.
“The VJM06 doesn’t look massively different to its predecessor, but beneath the skin we’ve looked at every detail to try and find more performance,” says Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya. “I’ve followed the development of the car closely and I’m proud of what we have achieved. The objective now is to make sure we build on the promise of last year and have a strong start to the season.”
The VJM06 was rebuilt from the ground up and didn't use any parts from last year's car, as the chassis was also improved for this season.
“It’s a brand new car from the ground-up – everything is new. We discussed carrying over big chunks of last year’s car, including the chassis, but decided not to." said Andrew Green
“Seeing the car built and complete for the first time is a special feeling. I’ve followed its progress in the tunnel and it looks very impressive - aggressive and fast. Now I’m just eager to get out there and see where we stand compared to our competitors. After the winter I feel refreshed and keen to get back to business.” says Paul Di Resta, team driver of Sahara Force India.
The Sahara Force India cars will be powered by Mercedes engines with the gearbox supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies for a fifth season while this will be the third season with the KERS.