The FIA presented a new Formula 2 car in Monza with which drivers and teams will compete in next season of Formula 2 and will have a halo protection that will also be used in Formula 1.
The chassis was re-designed and manufactured by Dallara, which produces chassis in numerous lower categories, as well as for Haas’s F1 team and the name of the new car is F2 2018.
Car has a more aggressive design and a more complex aerodynamic package with numerous details it reminds of the F1 2017 cars which was the goal from the very beginning.
Unlike the previous F2 cars that used atmospheric V8 engines with around 600 HP, the new F2 2018 will use a 3,4-litre turbo engine with 620 HP at 8750 rpm produced by Mecachrome.
Numerous mechanical components are from the old car to reduce costs and Pirelli delivers a 245 mm front and 325 mm rear tyres, corresponding to the dimensions of Formula 1 before 2017.
The car will have DRS, as it has been so far, and Magneti Marelli delivers a standard electronic unit for all cars.
FIA director Charlie Whiting says this is an important moment for them because they have completed the pyramid of formula racing.
“The plan is to have a more structured way in junior formulas to better prepare drivers for the next step,” Whiting said.
“For Formula 2, this means having a car that will not only educate, but also enable drivers who are most ready for Formula 1 to shine brightest.”
“The car was developed to have a better aesthetics, better safety and to bring it closer to Formula 1 in both segments.”
The car has already been tested at Magny Cours in July and additional tests will be carried out before the end of 2017.