Force India was actually the first team to launch its 2015 contender, the VJM08 on 21/01/2015. The most eye-catching points on the new car are a brand new livery and the shorter “finger” nose. However the car silhouette in general and rest characteristics feature in-depth resemblance to last season’s VJM07. Mercedes continues to power the new chassis for one more season. Without doubt Mercedes proved to be the best engine by far in 2014, not only in terms of top power but also in reliability, torque and even fuel consumption.
Starting from livery it is obvious that orange, silver and mainly black dominate on the car, while green and white are now vanished. The new colour combination brings in memory the blacked – orange Arrow cars back in 2000, with silver addition. New sponsorship logos are also visible on the chassis, advertising several new commercial partners.
Force India rushed to launch first its new car in an attempt to attract the lights on. Therefore, judging by what the VJM08 looks like, we jump onto two conclusions, whether it is actually a new car or an “immature” version of it. Great resemblance to VJM08 and the appearance of beam wing, an element should be absent since 2014, leaves both possibilities open. In any case the team buys precious time to further develop its 2015 contender, gaining in the same time enough exposure to its commercial partners . One thing is though certain, the car that will compete in season opening race in Melbourne will significantly differ.
There is nothing radical on Force India VJM06 diffuser .The most striking points on the design are the perforated ( slotted) tab and the three in a row vertical fences separating the inner section from the our tunnels.
Like several other teams in 2013, Force India does also share a carapace of carbon to enclose both the lower rear wishbone and the driveshaft.
Chassis : VJM06
Engine : Mercedes-Benz FO 108F
VJM06 bears great visible similarity with VJM05 with many parts to be carried over from last season . Changes are limited to the nose which is covered with a full sized modesty panel, different brakes, a reduced in size DRS actuator pod .
Winter testing updates :
Modified front and rear wings were tested at first and second Barcelona test respectively and different cooling system to the front brakes .
Aerodynamic performance : guarantee a stable and predictable car but further progress should be done
Speed :. Average , seems to be stacked in the middle pack
Tyres management : average
Reliability : not bad