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Wings, Cars and Elevation!

Formula 1 Ferrari Front Wings

A little over 8 friggin’ years ago, I developed the below piece of work showing variations to the design of a Formula 1 front wing. The idea was to take an example wing, vary the design a number of times to demonstrate the variation in design of Formula 1 front wings at the time. This has been taken from my old DeviantArt account (http://stylepixelstudios.deviantart.com/)

2008 Work

I quote liked this excercise, but with the sheer complexity of the front wings employed in modern times, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to replicate the same feat. I therefore decided to try and replicate historical front wings as a matter of comparison between the years. I would try and create a graphic of each front wing used each year, from the same perspective, in order for each wing to be comparable instantly.

I took the 2016 wing as the baseline, and have purposely not included any sponsor or brand markings as I wanted the form of the wing to stand out.

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Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari SF16-H

I then set out to do my next wing – this time from the 2013 car, the F138. The 2013 F138 front wing was the most complex wing of the 1800mm wide era of front wings (from 2009 – 2013), with 5 years of development under the belts of the Ferrari aerodynamic team.

The issue I had now with this wing was that I had to fit the perspective in with what was established in the 2016 front wing. The result is below:2013 900

Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari F138

Further to this, I developed the very first Ferrari front wing from 2009 from the Ferrari F60. This was the first front wing from the new 1800mm width era with the neutral middle section. Comparing with the above, it’s quite a change!

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Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari F60

I am hoping eventually to complete the set of front wings from the same angle to demonstrate the evolution of the Formula 1 front wing, whether it be from evolutionary change, or from a regulations refresh. The plan would be to show a 15 year history, starting in 2002, and producing a wing for every year up to 2016. This is what the matrix looks like now:

2002 - 2016 wing 20160904


Formula 1 2017 Renderings with 2016 liveries

One of the projects that has been sitting on the sidelines for a bit is the design of an identity for a Formula 1 racing team, provisionally called Falcon or Falconer Racing Team. As part of this, I wanted to develop a really nice side view rendering for the 2017 Formula 1 aerodynamic regulations coming in, so I could develop some mock up liveries for the new (fictional) team.

After starting way back in May this year, I finally got my butt into gear and finished it up!

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The car has designed with the expected 2017 Formula 1 aerodynamic regulations in mind, and features many of the changes that are known at the time. Included are the ‘chevron’ front wing, larger bargeboards, angled sidepod flow conditioners (which I have seen both included and not included in speculative renderings from others), and the angled rear wing.

In reality, this wasn’t an engineering study, so I have taken design traits from a number of existing cars

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Front Detail

The front end of the car utilities a fairly uninspired nose cone,  but employs a front wing endplate that has featured on the Mercedes W07. The front wheel is taken largely off the Red Bull RB12.

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Rear Detail

The rear of the car utilises a Mercedes W07 style rear wheel, with a variation of the interesting rear wing endplate that McLaren brought with them to the mid season Austria test

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Mid Detail

The middle of the car utilises a Mercedes W07 style airbox (angled forward and quite large!) with fairly normal parts otherwise – the angled sidepod flow conditioner notwithstanding.

With this template, I can generate good looking liveries for the Falcon/Falconer Racing Team on a realistic rendering!

To demonstrate the ability of the template, I went and developed all 11 2016 Formula 1 team liveries on the 2017 car template:

Ferrari White


Red Bull White

Red Bull Racing

Renault White


Mercedes White



Sauber White


STR White

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Williams White


Force India White

Haas White


Manor White


McLaren White


With the template as well, I can generate fantasy liveries, which I may do in the future!

Sunbury International Circuit Elevation

Work continues, albiet slowly, on the Sunbury International Circuit. This time I have developed a 3D rendering of the elevation profile of the circuit:

Elevation PS

This was developed after I came upon some very accurate elevation data for the area. This new data required me to review the exisiting elevation data for the circuit and make revisions based on what I found. Further to that, I always wanted to develop something like the above for the circuit, and finally had the chance with the accurate elevation data. The elevation above is magnified by 8x, so don’t get any ideas of really awesome elevation changes!

Work on the layout of the entire property, including exit/entry, parking, etc. continues!

Future Work

There is plenty happening, including Falcon/Falconer Racing Team Formula 1 identity design, and Australiair airline identity design. With the latter, I am still trying to piece together what type of airline I want it to be (low cost, middle ground, higher up). I am also always wanting to go back and do a pixel scene as well. Stay tuned!

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Spanish Grand Prix F1 Weekend Race Review

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix has come and gone, and it played out to be one of the best races this year, if not for a number of years!

This was very much helped by the Mercedes drivers taking each other out at the 4th corner, when an overtaking attempt by Lewis Hamilton went astray after Nico Rosberg shut the door, forcing Hamilont on the grass, and lead to Hamilton losing control of his car, travelling into Rosberg and both cars in to the gravel.

This opened the door for a new victor, and we had it in none other than newly promoted-to-Red-Bull-Racing Max Verstappen!

After a couple of weeks of turmoil, intrigue and suspense, Verstappen showed he was in fact really talented and super quick by holding off a persistent Kimi Raikkonen and taking his first Formula 1 victory after only 24 starts. In 2013 (3 years ago) Verstappen was racing karts!

To commemorate the occasion, and to relive a fantastic grand prix, I decided to develop the Race Review for the Spanish GP.

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Like usual, the Race Review contains all the weekends session information (Free Practice 1/2/3, Qualifying, and Race), as well as some neat infographical stuff, including qualifying gaps, race history/review and tyre strategies. The Race Review also includes my awesome pixel F1 cars!

The front image this week shows Max Verstappen as he goes down the final straight to win. Typically I;d like to feature the official/unofficial driver of the day from eahc GP, so long as there isn’t any special event that happens.

I am hoping to do all 21 Formula 1 races (2 of 5 down!) and release hard copies of them as a sort of coffee table book. Each sheet is the size of a landscape A3 sheet of paper, so big but not huge, good to get a lot of nice looking detail.

The only thing I am thinking of tinkering with is the qualifying percentage graphic – I think using the car graphics makes it a bit messy, especially with the bars showing where each car is, so this is something to work on.

Also, and finally, here is the ‘art piece’ for this Race Review:

Esp GP Art Piece

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Mercedes W07 pixels!

So I know in my last post I mentioned that I was going to some stuff away from the Formula 1 thing, and I am pretty sure that I said the same thing in the post before that. Well…I went back into it, but only really to finish up the Mercedes W07!

Mercedes W07

Realistic Version

Mercedes W07 BLO

Black Outline Version

The Mercedes W07 is the 7th car produced by the Mercedes works team, starting with the W01 in 2010 (which was developed from the Brawn BGP 001). This car is the successor to the very well performing W06, which itself was a successor to the very well performing W05.

The car is Mercedes’ challenger for the 2016 season, and it is proving as much a grid leader as its predecessors. In the hands of Nico Rosberg, the car has won every race so far, and the car has lead almost every single practice and qualifying session this year. Ferrari have come close, and Red Bull are a little but closer as well, however the car seems to be yet again the class leader this year.

The car, remarkably, has developed some very new ideas, including the serrated bargeboard, and the very large engine air intake above the driver’s head, the angle of which is deliberately angled forward. The car also sports some very aggressive sidepod designs at the front (which cannot be seen above), with the side impact structures peeking out of the sidepods.

Close ups of the Mercedes W07. Click to expand.

To ‘pixelise’ this car was one heck of a challenge. Mercedes really like to use airbrush effects on their cars, and the W07 is no exception. They used the effect on the nose cone (where the Petronas teal makes way for the Mercedes silver, with a bit of dark grey thrown in), on the sidepods (with the same Petronas teal and Mercedes silver with dark grey) and on the engine cover (where there is a broad dark grey that fades into the silver surrounding it). Together with the actual shading and highlighting, the car was incredibly hard to get right. All in all though, I think I managed to do a fairly decent job!

Here’s the Mercedes with the rest of the gang:

Ferrari Manor Red Bull Renault Haas Mercedes BLO

6 down and 5 to go! With the Mercedes, I think I will maybe do another Race Review and FINALLY spend some time on some other projects (yeah, I said that last time and the time before that!).


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Haas F1 VF-16 Pixels!

For my next trick, I will pull the Haas VF-16 pixel out of my files and place it in this here blog!

Haas VF-16

Realistic Version

Haas VF-16 BLO

Black Outline Version

The Haas VF-16 is the product from the newest Formula 1 team to enter the sport. The team is headed up by Gene Haas, of Haas Automation fame, a company that designs and develops CNC machines. In order to promote his CNC machines and company, Gene decided to enter into Formula 1 with a new team.

As they are a new team, there is not a lot of history of Haas in Formula 1. Haas’ racing experience comes from his NASCAR experience, where he started Haas CNC Racing in 2002, which eventually became Stewart-Haas Racing.

The car was developed throughout 2015, utilising former Marussia facilities in England as a European base. Haas also has a close collaboration with the Ferrari F1 team, and have utilised a number of Ferrari components that are in line with the allowable parts contained within the technical regulations. The car uses a 2016 Ferrari power plant for 2016, and the car is driven by former Renault and Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean, and former Sauber and Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez.

The car itself is quite simple in colour and logos; currently only Haas, Richard Mille (watches) and Alpinestar (apparel) appear on the car. Haas has stated that sponsorship is not a problem for the team at the moment, possibly concentrating on establishing the car and team or the future.The colour scheme was tweaked after the early season testing, with the current white (or very light grey) originally being a darker grey.

I quite liked developing this car in pixels given the simplicity and ease of development. I think the car looks great, the livery is a bit understated, and it is always nice to have a bit more brighter grid!

Here is the completed gang so far:

Ferrari Manor Red Bull Renault Haas BLO

Last time I think I mentioned that I was going to do some other stuff away from the Formula 1 pixels, and I think I might take this time to do that. I have some ideas on some Disneyland related stuff, but I will likely have 10 more ideas between now and next week anyway, so who knows?


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Red Bull RB12 pixels!

As part of my Formula 1 Race Review project, I am developing pixel-art style Formula 1 cars for the 2016 season. Today I have completed the Red Bull RB12!

Red Bull RB12

After a 2015 season that provided no wins, the relationship between Red Bull and engine supplier Renault waned, as the French power unit manufacturer failed to make gains on their power unit during the season. A number of times Renault provided updates, only for the drivers to exclaim that the power units felt more or less the same.

Trying to find a more powerful power unit, Red Bull tried, and failed, to obtain a Mercedes and Ferrari engine. In the end Red Bull had to once again side with Renault, however in order to separate themselves from the relationship with Renault, Red Bull partnered up with watch designer Tag Heuer to have their Renault power units badged as Tag Heuer power units.

2016 has started reasonably well for the Red Bull team. The updated Renault/Tag Heuer power unit has provided a more reliable power unit with an increase in power and drivability. Red Bull scored a 4th place in the Australian Grand Prix and the car seems to be decently competitive, potentially being the ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Ferrari. While still early days, Red Bull and Renault have stated that a fairly big jump in performance will come in Canada. Time will tell!

Be sure to click on each image above for close ups!

I really wanted to try out the matte effect the Red Bull have decided to use for their cars this year. The highlights used on this car a much reduced from that used on the Ferrari and Manor cars shown earlier. The matte finish seems to be no where near as reflective, almost diffusive in nature.

Red Bull have gone for a new design for their livery this year, in light of their departure from their closer tires with Renault – gone are Renault, and the purple Infiniti branding, and also gone is their typical blue colouring, giving way for a quite dark navy blue.

The car in real life looks amazing, and I hope that (as a totally unbiased Australian) that the team is able to bring the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari.

Next up? Maybe the very yellow Renault, or the Force India? I just don’t know!

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