Force India unveiled the VJM10 at a press event at Silverstone featuring an unique take on the sport’s 2017 regulations.
As was the case with the previous three Formula 1 cars released so far this year, the VJM10 features a thumb-tip nose and a huge shark fin, as well as significantly different front and rear wings to meet the new aerodynamic rules.
It is the tenth Formula 1 challenger produced under the Force India brand, with the sometime Jordan, Midland and Spyker team now nearly a decade into its stint under Vijay Mallya.
Force India enjoyed its strongest season to date in 2016, when it finished in fourth position in the constructors’ championship with 173 points, beating the likes of Williams and McLaren.
“I’m very excited,” said Mallya as the car was unveiled.
“Many commentators have said we punch well above our weight and to add to that we are world champions for the amount of money spent.
“It is a huge compliment, it speaks volumes for the passions, creativity and talent of my team and everyone at the factory.
“This passion will get more intense and the passion to improve further is going to be pretty relevant in 2017.”
Technical director Andy Green said the scale of design change prompted by the new regulations was much higher than usual.
“Compared to previous seasons, this is as close to brand new – it is 95% brand new,” he said.
“The philosophy is similar but we are effectively starting from scratch.
“It was a jigsaw to put together but we have the basis of a car now.”
The VJM10 may not win the beauty contest but lets hope the new racer is competitive in the upcoming world championship.