Sauber C36-Ferrari

Our race car for the 2017 season

The Sauber C36-Ferrari


Emphasis On Aerodynamic Stability

The most conspicuous changes that define the Sauber C36-Ferrari due to the new regulations are:

  • The cars are becoming wider again, from 1.80 to 2 metres.
  • The tyres are 25 % wider.
  • The front and rear wings are becoming wider as well.
  • The diffuser is being enlarged.

In total, this means more downforce, more grip and, as a result, faster lap times.

Consequently, work on the concept of the new car was focused on reducing the drag coefficient (due to the wider tyres) to a minimum as well as achieving a significant weight reduction (despite the minimum weight having been raised to 728 kg), for instance by means of the new roll structure. In certain areas of lightweight design the team went to the limits. The aero concept includes the optimisation of the front and rear wings and the underfloor. The radiator, the sidepods and the bodywork were designed to be as slim as possible.

Clear progress was also achieved in terms of additional downforce. The key here is to keep downforce, which is generated via driving, and remain stable in various track sections. Jörg Zander, Technical Director, explains the changes in the development procedure in more precise terms: “We put greater emphasis on aerodynamic stability as opposed to maximising downforce.”


New Regulations

The Sauber C36-Ferrari is a car which, due to the new technical regulations, has been redesigned from scratch. There is not a single part that could be adopted from its C35 predecessor. In 2017, the Ferrari powertrain in the Abu Dhabi 2016 configuration will be used initially together with the C36. One of the changes this season is that only four of the six units of a powertrain can be changed without penalty. In the next few years the number will be further reduced, which is why the manufacturers are going to put greater emphasis on the durability than on the top speed of their units.

Jörg Zander regards the 2016-spec engine as “a tried and tested system with higher durability to begin with.” In addition, with respect to the design resources in planning the development of the C36, Jörg Zander says that “being able to get started early and defining the engine environment was an advantage because the team was familiar with the engine and the transmission as well as the cooling requirements the engine entailed.”

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The 2017 Sauber F1 Team Driver Line-Up

Learn more about Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

Sauber C36-Ferrari – Technical Details

Chassis carbon-fibre monocoque
Front suspension upper and lower wishbones, inboard spring and damper elements (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by push-rods
Rear suspension upper and lower wishbones, inboard spring and damper elements (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pull-rods
Brakes brake callipers (Brembo), carbon-fibre pads (Brembo) and discs (Carbon Industries)
Transmission Ferrari 8-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Chassis electronics MES
ERS Ferrari
Steering wheel Sauber F1 Team
Tyres Pirelli
Wheels OZ


Dimensions & Weight

Length 5,143 mm
Width 2,000 mm
Height (without T Camera) 950 mm
Track width, front 1,615 mm
Track width, rear 1,530 mm
Weight 728kg (incl. driver, tank empty)

What Next?

Ferrari Engine

Configuration V6 90°
Displacement 1,600 cc
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Maximum revs 15,000 rpm
Turbo charging single turbo
Maximum fuel flow 100 kg/h
Maximum fuel capacity 105 kg
Injection 500 bar – direct
Units per driver 4

ERS System

Battery energy (per lap) 4 MJ
MGU-K power 120 kW
MGU-K maximum revs 50,000 rpm
MGU-H maximum revs 125,000 rpm

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