Formula One meets 'Alien' for new season

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:57am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's new crop of cars will look like something out of a science fiction horror movie with front ends that are the stuff of nightmares, according to Caterham principal Cyril Abiteboul.

"It does remind me a little bit of the monster in 'Alien'," the Frenchman told Reuters when asked about the nose on his team's yet-to-be-revealed 2014 creation.

The new cars will hit the track for the first time in testing at Jerez in southern Spain next Tuesday but some teams are discreetly presenting them this week online.

Force India released a side-on image of their VJM07 on Wednesday, showing off a new, blacker livery while avoiding a front-end view. They said the front of the car was a temporary solution and would look very different for the start of the season in March.

"It is going to be ugly," Abiteboul said of the Renault-powered Caterham, which will be unveiled in the Jerez pitlane on Tuesday.

"Kids should be dreaming when they see a Formula One car. I don't know what sort of dream or nightmare you will get when you look at those cars.

"It does remind me of Alien...with something coming out of the mouth and whatever. It's not very nice."

The technical rules have changed significantly this season and cars have to combine a high chassis and low nose tip, which can be much narrower than last year. There has already been talk of 'anteater-style' solutions.   Continued...