Virgin Racing has launched its second Formula 1 car, the MVR-02, in an event at BBC Television Centre in London. The car has again been designed using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) rather than a wind tunnel and carries the hopes of Timo Glock and new recruit Jerome d'Ambrosio this year. Technical director Nick Wirth is expecting a big step forward in performance after having access to double the computing power he had for the development of the 2010 car.
John Booth, team principal, said:
"2011 is all about moving forward and starting to achieve solid results. We have a very exciting driver line-up in Timo Glock and Jérôme d'Ambrosio. Timo did an exceptional job in difficult circumstances last season and contributed a great deal to the car's development and that of our racing team. We will certainly benefit from the continuity that Timo brings.
"The MVR-02 is a clear step forward in every area and a credit to all the hard work that has gone into our car development programme over the past 12 months. We are delighted to be working with our engine supplier Cosworth for a second season of collaboration. Despite the freeze on engine development they have been working hard on reliability and performance optimisation over the winter and we fully expect a continuation of the success they enjoyed in their return to the sport in 2010. The sport has the added challenge of a new tyre supplier in Pirelli but we have made good progress with tailoring our mechanical package to suit the new PZero tyres in the group tests in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2010 and in Valencia last week. Generally, we have every reason to believe that 2011 will be a very exciting and positive experience for our team."