2014 brought with it a variety of nose cone designs, though most – including Lotus’s innovative twin tusk solution, with its different length elements – will have to be revised for 2015 to comply with new regulations aimed primarily at restricting strange and ugly solutions.
Top view – Comparison between 2014 and 2015 F1 nose
The FIA has made some changes for 2015 in an attempt to push designers away from creating cars which invite ridicule.
2015 F1 nose regulations now require the following:
- The nose tip cross section remains the same at 9,000 sq mm.
- The nose will be lowered further and must sit 135mm to 220mm above the floor.
- The tip must be no wider than 140mm.
- The nose must widen to a second cross section 150mm behind its tip, which must be no less than 20,000 sq mm.
- Again a maximum width is stated of 330mm at this second cross-section.
- Both cross sections have to be symmetrical about the centre line.
- Remaining length of the nose going back towards the chassis must have a tapering cross section.
- The nose tip will have to start about mid-way along the front wing.
Nose designs – new regulations, brought in to improve safety and also restrict strange and ugly solutions, mean nose designs become more uniform. 2014 layouts like the anteater and twin tusk will no longer be legal.