Haas Unveils All-New VF-18 Formula One Car

Haas F1 Team’s 2018 race car broke cover today across the organization’s social media platforms, and is expected to build upon the 47 points scored by last year’s car during the 2017 season.

Visually, the VF-18 boasts the halo cockpit protection system, a considerably smaller shark fin and a livery that honors Gene Haas’ very first Haas Automation CNC machine – gray with tones of red and black.

“The livery is a little bit of a return to what we had on our first car, the VF-16,” stated team principal Guenther Steiner. “Its look is clean and precise, just like the machine tools made by Haas Automation.”

As for what it meant to add the halo to the design of the car, according to Steiner, quite a lot of hard work.

“The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo. It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads. The total minimum weight of the car increased because of the halo, and there’s a higher center of gravity simply because of the halo’s position. But everyone is in the same boat.”

Steiner then added that since the regulations remained very similar between 2017 and 2018, the VF-18 is “an evolution of our car from last year. It’s less about reinvention and more about refinement. You see elements we had from last year on the car this year.”

The VF-18 will make its circuit debut in Barcelona between February 26 – March 1, and then again March 6-9, prior to the season-opening race in Melbourne, Australia, March 25.

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    I have to say, I do not like the halo at all. It looks ugly.

    • Shahul Usman

      maybe we will get used to it? I dunno..

      • Vassilis

        We will definitely get used to it but it’s sad that we’ll have to do that.

        • Shahul Usman

          actually..indycar is testing the aeroscreen.. the FIA is paying close attention…I think we will see how that goes this season and maybe F1 will go back to that. It was Vettel who didnt like it because of moisture or fog on it? Which makes sense

          • Vassilis

            View distortion as well. What Vettel tested was a little different though. The FIA will definitely adopt a more aesthetically-pleasing solution if it’s as safe. If it isn’t though we may be stuck with the halo for quite a while.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Indycar have a cockpit view of Scott Dixon testing the screen at Phoenix. I couldn’t see any distortion.

          • Vassilis

            I was talking about the version Vettel tested. Indeed, there didn’t seem to be any complaints about distortion from Dixon and that’s excellent.

    • DMax

      It does. A fighter jet style canopy would be so badass looking.

  • annon

    so the first “flip-flop” has revealed itself. Thank God the shark fin & T-bone wings have been abolished….as for the halo, well that’s another whole new chapter, can’t say I like it cause I don’t but if it’ll serve it’s purpose correctly, then kudos for the safety of the drivers

  • fabri99

    Well, it doesn’t look very good, but you can’t argue with safety, can you?

  • Vassilis

    Apart from the halo it doesn’t look too bad.

  • Like the livery actually, and I do wonder how long Haas can survived without sponsorship tbh.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Gene Haas’ very successful company sponsors it.

      • Well former Force India principal (can’t remember who). Said that, even with that kind of funding. A healthy F1 team must be able to secure funding outside from their main backing too.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Vijay Malia and he has his own set of troubles back home.

          • It’s funny that this morning I just read about Haas in Motorsport Magazine, basically Haas payment from F1 is still under tier 2, while Force India received Tier 1 payment. And that as of now, Force India running cost is half of Haas after deducted from F1 payment fee.

            In order to move up to Tier 1, Haas must be in top 10 in constructors championship for 2 years in a row.

            But yeah overall, Haas cost in F1 is very low, in fact lower than old Manor.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Lose the halo and it’s a looker.

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