Force India has become the first team to reveal its 2014 car after releasing an image on Wednesday morning.
The VJM07 features a brand new livery, with Force India opting for black incorporated with the colours of the Indian flag. In releasing the image, Force India also confirmed that it would be present at the Jerez test next week and that the car would be officially launched at the circuit.
The new car will be driven by Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in 2014, with the presence of Mexican sponsors visible on the updated livery. Team principal Vijay Mallya described the new car as “stunning” after its unveiling.
“The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving,” says Vijay Mallya. “I've always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look.”
Technical director Andrew Green explained that the new car does have some links to its predecessor but admitted accommodating the new power unit was a tough challenge.
“Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser. The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we've had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way.
“It's been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit - it's the biggest change I've witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990. Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimise it in the chassis.”
Perhaps tellingly, the image released by Force India does not show the design of the front nose, with teams warning that the front ends are unlikely to be aesthetically pleasing. Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul even went as far as to say his team's new car is “ugly”.