Back in the mists of time, Ferrari racecar designations used to be about engine size and cylinders and with the Boxer, configuration too. Thus the 312B, was a 3 litre, 12 cylinder , Boxer…180degree engined car…..i guess this should be a 166EM…..1.6litre 6 cylinder + Electric Motor….!
Either way SF16-H is just bland in my opinion and as has been the case for 15 yrs or so, it doesn’t spell Ferrari Grand Prix car to me.
Yikes. Ferrari cranks out yet another convoluted mid-2000s NASCAR livery featuring a prancing horse and a melting Marlboro logo. I was really hoping for a new design direction with the new management because I want to like the new Ferrari, but I think their cars are just too ugly to look at. Unfortunately, their inelegant Americanized-Italian aesthetic has only gotten stronger. This particular livery seems like it was designed for certain viewing angles only, mostly above and a straight side-shot, but otherwise makes no sense. Lines and colors are following details in the aerodynamics that do not show from a distance (and will not show on TV), making it appear as if they were randomly placed. I suspect this will be my least favorite livery for 2016.
It looks like a car three races from the end of the season when they’ve thrown every last bit of aero on top of what’s accumulated through the year. I guess Marlboro still buy up all the advertising and sell it on, once they have worked out how to get some facsimile of their brand in the mix.
I really can’t figure it out. I’m not a Ferrari fan, on the whole, but that’s the first livery this year that’s made me think, now *that’s* an F1 car. And I wasn’t even watching in the 70s, so it can’t be a subliminal, psychological attachment to the old red & white liveries of that period either.
Ain’t product design such an odd thing – all the cars shown so far *are* patently F1 cars, but this is the first one of the year to get any kind of visceral reaction from me.
YMMV, of course – pure personal impression, with no value beyond that.
BenK, that maybe because most of the other teams have used quite bland colour schemes for many years. If one looks at a field of F1 cars from say 2014, and then alongside, a field from 1974, the cars of 40 years ago were both more colourful and also they were more different to each other in shape and body work.