Scuderia Ferrari welcomes the SF70H

A date that was marked in every Tifosi’s calendar, February 24th 2017 at 9:45 (CET), was the grand unveiling of Scuderia Ferrari’s latest car, which would hope to mount a challenge on the upcoming 2017 F1 Championship. The garage door was raised to the world and the new SF70-H was born. The name is to mark the 70year anniversary of the familiar Ferrari red in the world of motorsport racing (1947 – 2017).

The 63rd single seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari to challenge for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship is born out of a regulation change that is without precedent in this category of motorsport. Generally, in the past, regulations went in the direction of slowing down the cars. However, this year, the rule changes go in the opposite direction, meaning the cars have more aerodynamic downforce and more mechanical grip, giving the car much more speed in cornering.


The Gestione Sportiva group has concentrated its efforts on finding the right compromise between downforce and aerodynamic resistance, or drag. The new Pirelli tyres are much wider than in the past, by 60mm each at the front and 80mm at the rear. This increased frontal area constitutes a “brake” on forward motion, as does the increased downforce coming from the 2017 specification front wing, floor and diffuser. Countering this effect, the combination of downforce and the bigger footprint from the tyres translates into increased grip, leading to higher cornering speeds.


There are several differences between the SF70-H and Ferrari’s from the recent past. The lengthened nose and the arrow-shaped wing are a consequence of the regulations, as is the obvious shark-fin on the engine cover and the more complex aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the sidepods, whose unusual shape was designed in harmony with the front crash structure. Visible at the front is a duct that has an aerodynamic role, while behind the driver, the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake, has been completely redesigned. Also updated is the suspension layout, which still retains a push rod design at the front with pull rods at the rear. The hubs and wheel nuts have been redesigned to facilitate the work of the mechanics when changing wheels during the pit stops. Finally, also as a function of the expected increase in performance this year, the power steering and braking systems have been upsized.

Power unit:

In contrast to the aerodynamics, when it comes to the power unit, there have been few changes to the regulations. The main one concerns the amount of fuel that can be used by each car during the race: with the predicted increase in performance, with a bigger percentage of each lap spent at full revs, the permitted amount of fuel has increased from 100kg to 105kg, although the flow rate is still fixed at 100 kg/hour. The engine is a definite step forward compared to its predecessor, when it comes to chasing performance. The layout of some of the mechanical components on the hybrid power unit has been revised, while other areas maintain a similar layout to the 2016 car.

On the sporting regulation front, the abolition of the “Token” system allows the teams more room for development over the course of the season.

Breaking down the SF70-H:




Max revs



Single Turbo

Fuel flow

100 kg/hr max

Fuel capacity

105 kg


V6 90°








4 per cylinder


500 bar – direct

ERS System

Battery energy (per lap)

4 MJ

MGU-K Power

120 kW

MGU-K Max revs

50,000 rpm

MGU-H Max revs

125,000 rpm

Technical Data

Chassis in carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure

Ferrari longitudinal gearbox

Servo controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential

Semiautomatic sequential and electronically controlled gearbox with quick shift

Number of gears: 8 +R

Brembo ventilated carbon fibre disc brakes (front and rear) and brake by wire rear brakes

Pushrod front suspension pull-rod rear suspension

Weight with water, lubricant and driver 728 kg

OZ wheels (front and rear) 13”

The first time we’ll see the newly born SF70-H being pushed to the limits will be in the first of two, four-day F1 Winter Testing sessions held at the famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Scuderia Ferrari team will be keen to gather as much car data as possible in order to understand the new car’s behavior, Kaspersky Lab’s job will be to keep the data secure against any potential cyber attacks.

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