|Designer(s)||Mark Smith (Design Director)
James Key (Technical Director)
Ian Hall (Project Leader)
Simon Phillips (Head of Aerodynamics)
|Chassis||Carbon fibre composite monocoque with Zylon legality side anti-intrusion panels.|
|Suspension (front)||Aluminium MMC uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod. Inboard chassis mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly.|
|Suspension (rear)||Aluminium MMC uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod. Inboard gearbox mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly.|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz FO 108W 2.4L V8, naturally-aspirated, mid-mounted|
|Transmission||McLaren, 7 forward gears + 1 reverse, semi-automatic|
|Fuel||Mobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)|
|Tyres||Bridgestone with Forged wheels to Force India specification|
|Notable entrants||Force India F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||20. Adrian Sutil
21. Giancarlo Fisichella
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi
|Debut||2009 Australian Grand Prix|
The Force India VJM02 is Force India's Formula One car for the 2009 Formula One season. It was revealed in a low-key press event, after the car's first test at the Silverstone Circuit, on February 28, 2009, before a public test at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain the following day. The Northamptonshire-based team's car is decorated in the colours of the Indian flag, and is driven by the same drivers as in 2008 - Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil.
Two men instrumental in the early design of the VJM02, chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne and team principal Colin Kolles, were released from their contracts in late 2008, after a conflict with team owner Vijay Mallya. The team decided late in development to change from a Ferrari to a McLaren-Mercedes engine, along with McLaren gearboxes and hydraulics. Adapting to these new components required a minor redesign of several parts of the car, including the suspension, side-pods and the rear aerodynamics. In making such a late switch, the team chose to forfeit testing time in favour of development time, but are confident that the change gives them a better car than would otherwise have been the case.
At the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, a revised floor and diffuser for the VJM02 were introduced, as well as an upgraded front wing and reprofiled sidepods. Driver Giancarlo Fisichella welcomed the upgrades, claiming the car's current lack of downforce will be addressed by the new modifications.. The team brought further updates at the 2009 European Grand Prix, which worked very well, giving the team their first podium finish at Spa.
New rules in place for the 2009 season require cars to have narrower and higher rear wings and wider and lower front wings, designed to reduce air disturbance to following cars and hence make overtaking easier. Slick tyres will be re-introduced into Formula One, after being absent since 1998. This will increase the VJM02's tyre grip by about 20%.
The VJM02 may feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery System
(KERS), which will allow energy which would otherwise be wasted
while braking to be re-used in set amounts per lap, via a boost
button on the driver's steering wheel.
This is the result of new rules for the 2009 season.
The VJM02 will use the same system from the McLaren MP4-24,
however the VJM02 did not use the system in the early races. Then
reports came that Force
India will not use the Kinetic Energy Recovery System
(KERS) system this season.
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2009||Force India Formula One Team||Mercedes FO108W V8||B||AUS||MAL||CHN||BHR||ESP||MON||TUR||GBR||GER||HUN||EUR||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||BRA||ABU||13||9th|
† Driver failed to finish, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.
Sutil in pre-season testing at Barcelona.