C31_6  About the work invested in the new Sauber C31-Ferrari Chief Designer Matt Morris says: “The C31 is revolutionary where we had fresh ideas, particularly at the rear of the car, and it is an evolution where we knew we could carry over certain approaches. We had to improve on the weaknesses we identified on the C30, but at the same time we wanted to maintain its strengths.”

One of the goals was to increase the scope of the operating envelope compared to its predecessor. “We had established some good directions to go in towards the end of last year with the C30 which we wanted to continue with, particularly some of our DRS developments, and some of the ways we were opting for with the car’s set up in order to improve our qualifying performance without compromising our race pace,” elaborates Morris.

Here are some tech details about the Sauber’s 2012 challenger:


Chassis: carbon-fibre monocoque
Front suspension: upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pushrods
Rear suspension: upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pullrods
Brakes: six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon-fibre pads and discs (Brembo)
Transmission: Ferrari 7-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Chassis electronics: MES
KERS: Ferrari
Steering wheel: Sauber F1 Team
Tyres: Pirelli
Wheels: OZ
Dimensions:

Length:  5.195 mm
Width:   1.800 mm
Height:  1.000 mm
Track Width, Front: 1.495 mm
Track Width, Rear:  1.410 mm

Weight: 640 kg (incl. driver, tank empty)

Ferrari 056 Motor


Type: naturally aspirated V8, 90° cylinder angle
Engine block: sand-cast aluminium
Valves / valve train: 32 / pneumatic
Displacement: 2,398 ccm
Bore: 98 mm
Weight: > 95 kg
Electronic injection and ignition  

The official high resolutions photos of C31:

C31_1  C31_2 C31_3

C31_4 C31_5 C31_7

C31_8 C31_9 C31_10

Images & Info: © Sauber F1 Team