Haas F1 Team’s 2017 Challenger: The VF-17

The VF-17 follows the team’s very first car, the VF-16, which carried Haas F1 Team to an eighth-place finish in the 2016 constructor standings. Twenty-nine points were scored by the VF-16 during Haas F1 Team’s inaugural season, the largest points haul of any new Formula One team in this millennium. 

Incorporating “VF” into the name of the car is a nod to the history of Haas Automation, the team’s title sponsor. The first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation was the VF-1 in 1988. The “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One”.

The VF-17 was built under a new set of technical regulations featuring an advanced aerodynamic package designed to create a higher level of downforce. A wider front wing, larger barge boards, a lower and wider rear wing and a diffuser that expands 50 millimeters (two inches) in height and width comprise the changes, along with wider tires from Pirelli, by 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) in the front and 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) in the rear, a 25-percent increase to bring the front tires to 305 millimeters (12 inches) and the rear tires to 405 millimeters (15.9 inches).

The colors from the original car were carried over to the VF-17, but the overall scheme is different. A dark gray makes up the majority of the livery, with tones of red, black, white and light gray incorporating the look of Haas Automation’s complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. Approximately 1,300 employees encompass Haas Automation, with the Oxnard, California-based company exporting its machines to more than 60 countries. The VF-17 showcases Haas Automation’s commitment to technology and innovation to a passionate, global audience.

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Technical Specifications

  • VF-17

Engine

Ferrari 062, a turbocharged 1.6 liter V-6 capable of 15,000 rpm

Chassis Material

Carbon-fiber and honeycomb composite structure

Bodywork Material

Carbon-fiber 

Front and Rear Suspension

Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear

Dampers

ZF Sachs

Steering

Ferrari

Transmission

Ferrari servo-controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential with semi-automatic sequential and electronically-controlled gearbox, quick shift (eight gears, plus reverse)

Clutch

AP Racing

Brake System

carbon-fiber disc brakes, pads and six-piston calipers

Cockpit Instrumentation

Ferrari

Seatbelts

Sabelt

Steering Wheel

Ferrari

Driver's Seat

Carbon-fiber construction, molded to driver’s contours

Wheels

OZ Racing

Tires

Pirelli P ZERO

Fuel Cell

ATL

Fuel and Lubricants Provider

Shell

Overall Width

2,000 mm 

Weight

782 kg (including driver)