Virgin become the latest team to launch their new car

Marussia Virgin Racing launched its second Formula 1 car earlier today at the BBC Television Centre in London.

The car differs from many on the grid this year with a slightly lower nose but features the tight, sculpted side pods that have become standard in Formula 1. The team announced that the MVR02 will not feature KERS.

Last season the squad was rooted to the foot of the constructors’ championship after suffering early season reliability issues. Other issues included a fuel tank not large enough to cope with the non-refuelling era of the sport.

The car has once more been designed solely with Computational Fluid Dynamics by Nick Wirth and his design team. Speaking at the launch Wirth was keen to speak of the teams unique design approach.

“We were extremely pleased to have proved our digital design process in Formula One last season and to have demonstrated that it is possible to compete at the highest level of motor sport with a car designed wholly in computer simulation. Having said that, we faced a very steep learning curve and experienced some tough lessons, which we have applied to our design programme for 2011.

Timo Glock will once more drive for the squad and will be partnered by the young Belgian, Jerome d’Ambrosio, who impressed the squad with his Friday practice appearances last season.

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