The Alfa Romeo Sauber team has presented its 2018 Formula 1 World Championship challenger, the C37, sporting new colours and sponsors to mark its partnership with the Italian car brand.
After struggling at the back of the pack in 2017 running a year-old customer Ferrari engine, the burgundy-and-white C37 will be powered by the latest-specification Ferrari V6 turbo-hybrid power unit as part of its partnership with Ferrari’s sister car brand.
The C37 will be driven by Marcus Ericsson, entering his fourth season with the Swiss team, and reigning Formula 2 champion and Ferrari protége Charles Leclerc.
The car sports a number of striking features, with the most noticeable being a series of wings around the sidepods and a horizontal crossbeam below the mirrors that was also seen on Red Bull Racing’s RB14 challenger.
The C37 also features a longer wheelbase compared to its predecessor as well as heightening the position of the front wishbones to help improve airflow underneath the chassis.
Designed under the leadership of technical director Jörg Zander, the C37 has followed a different design philosophy that he expects will move the team back to midfield competitiveness.
“The C37 is an all new race machine. It is based on a much more innovative and radical aerodynamic concept. You will note that the nose and front wing concept has changed,” he explained.
“The wheelbase has been changed which means the front axle is moved further forwards. This is in order to provide more space for turning elements in order to enhance aerodynamic performance.
“We also changed the wishbone height to a larger height in order to enhance aerodynamic performance and as well we changed the inboard suspension elements to a much more compact and lighter design. Further back to the car you will see the bodywork is much more slender.
“[Its] philosophy is much different to that of the C36. The aerodynamic concept has changed significantly and the C37 has several new features in comparison to its predecessor,” he added.
“We are positive that the new concept offers us more opportunities and will help us to make improvements during the course of the season.”
Already in the pipeline are significant tweaks to the car’s front wing and underbody, as well as more bodywork elements being introduced in a phased approach early on in the season.
Aside from the major branding from Alfa Romeo, Sauber has secured four new sponsors: watchmaker Richard Mille, sunglasses manufacturer Carrera, mobile phone provider Claro and sportswear brand Kappa have all joined the team. The Australian electronics producer Silanna remains as a sponsor.
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