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USF1 Type 1 Breaks Cover

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On: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:34PM | By: John Welch

USF1 Type 1 Breaks Cover

Here it is, boys and grrls, although it's still a glorified CAD drawing. None the less there are several interesting things going on here, and the livery will NOT be the stars and stripes barfed up all over the Type 1's sinewy flanks. Details inside yonder post . . .

Due to be revealed at the Barber Motorsprots Park in Birmingham Alabama, the USF1 Type 1 will represent the first clean-sheet American F1 design in nearly four decades. This will mark the culmination of a life-long dream for USF1 co-founder Ken Anderson. Anderson hatched his grand scheme in the eighties, and has diligently worked toward his goal since then. It took twenty years because F1 is an impossibly hard venture for anyone to undertake. Anderson took his time and made sure USF1 is thoroughly prepared.

These images don't satisfy our need to view the car in the flesh, but they give us a clear idea of the car's general proportions, The nose is sleek and shares interesting similarities with last year's Brawn GP car. Elements that are also close to those seen on the Brawn car include a low nose and tub-mounted rear-view mirrors paired with a small barge board on the side pods. Teams such as Ferrari and Red Bull combine these elements into one side-pod mounted aero-device. This completely ruins the mirror, as the vibrations make it impossible to use.

The exhaust pipes wrap forward, presumably to make room for the newly minted 'large' fuel tank. The rear-wing has an interesting shape that can be compared to McLaren's 2009 piece. The rear end is compact and houses USF1's own gear-box. None of the other new teams, Campos, Lotus, or Virgin Racing are designing their own gear box designs. USF1 is taking some chances with the design, but the car is visually attractive and may prove to be a contender come March 12th, and the Bahrain GP.

Scott Bennet, one of USF1's lead designers, has written his first blog post on USF1's homepage. He also constructs some pretty rad furniture . . .

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