The beginning of the 2010 Formula 1 season is just a few weeks away, with the season opener takig place at Bahrain on March 14. This year, if all goes as planned, sees four new teams: Virgin, Campos, US, and Lotus. It also sees a ban on refueling, which has required constructors to build larger fuel tanks into the cars. Furthermore, Montreal, Canada will host the Canadian Grand Prix, which was absent from last years schedule.
Force India unveiled its car for the 2010 Formula 1 season, the VJM03.
The team was a newcomer in 2008, and has only scored two finishes on the podium, but force India hopes to take themselves further this year with the new car. Because of regulation changes, and from learning from last season, the VJM03 differs from its predecessor, the VJM02, in several ways. A larger gas tank was needed to compensate for the refueling ban. The VJM03 also has narrower tires and revised aerodynamics.
Red Bull’s Formula 1 team seems pretty excited about the return of the Canada Grand Prix in Montreal. Instead of waiting until June, they take a car out on the Canadian ice to gear up.
Toyota is pleased with its new Sienna minivan, seeing it as a fresh alternative to the dumpy, uncool image usually associated with these oft-ridiculed people-haulers. Winding Road’s Seyth Miersma found out if it lived up to the hype, leaving us to paw through the WR family photo albums for past MPVs that transcend their unflattering stereotypes. Surely, the Sienna wasn’t the first vehicle of its kind to attempt to appeal to the more savvy soccer moms.
Lotus has released another limited edition run of the Exige, this one to commemorate the Lotus Type 72 Formula 1 car, which won 20 Grand Prix victories in the first half of the 1970s. The Lotus Exige S Type 72 will be limited to 20 cars in the United Kingdom, 20 units in mainland Europe, and another limited run in Japan.