Formula 1

Formula 1™ in 2017: What Cars Will Look Like

Darragh Farrelly

By Darragh Farrelly

January 24, 2017

With changes aplenty to aerodynamics, wider tires and overall aesthetics of each F1™ car lining the grid, the upcoming season is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Though most teams will keep fans in the dark over their teams’ respective cars for the 2017 season until models are released mid- to late-February, regulations are set to give cars an overall more aggressive look.

2017 Car Launches

February 21: Renault

February 22: Force India

February 23: Mercedes
February 24: Ferrari and McLaren

*The remaining teams are expected to release models on the morning of the first Barcelona test (February 27 – March 2), with teams eager to maximize development time. 

Will Cars Be Faster?

F1 cars 2017.jpgWith claims made by the FIA that cars are going up to three seconds faster with new aerodynamic designs in place, coupled with the natural development rate; the answer is yes. In 2016, we saw track records set in both Bahrain and Austria, and with wider tires and lower weights to the cars, expect to see more upward trends in 2017. 

Wider Tires?

Yes, tires will be much wider in 2017 than in 2016, front tires 305m-wider rather than 245mm, and rear tires 425mm from 325mm, to be exact. This measure has been put in place to increase grip and reduce downforce on drivers. 

Are Engines Going to Be as Loud?

For almost two years now, fans have taken issue with the level (or lack of) noise being generated by the V6 engines. With whispers of a manufactured ‘sound generator’ to crank up the volume, the FIA have confirmed higher revving engines and more noise will be a staple of the 2017 season. 

Bodywork Changes for 2017






245mm wide thread

305mm wide thread



325mm wide thread

405mm wide thread







+/- 5 degrees profile incidence

+/- 10 degrees profile incidence

Front Wing


1650mm span

1800mm span, swept plan view shape




Simplified endplate legality

Rear Wing

Top wing

750mm wide, 950mm high

950mm wide, 800mm high



Rectangular endplate

Swept endplate in side view and tucked in front view


Steep plane

1400 max width; 1300mm min width; Edge radii <50mm constant

1600 max width; 1400mm min width; Edge radii <100mm variable


Reference plane

Starts 330mm behind front axle

Starts 430mm behind front axle



Homogeneous Plank

Pocketed plank for weight saving



125mm high, 1000mm wide, starts at rear axle

175mm high, 1050 mm wide, starts 175mm ahead of rear axle



1400mm max width

1600mm max width


Side pods

No constraint

Swept leading edge in top view



Big exclusion zone behind front wheels

Reduced exclusions zone allowing for larger bargeboards



702kg max weight

722kg max weight + tires (est 5kg)


How Will Teams Line Up?

A full guide of how your F1 teams can be found here. As of yet, Manor Racing has not confirmed its line-up for the forthcoming season. 

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