|Force India VJM05|
|Constructor||Sahara Force India F1 Team|
|Designer(s)||Andrew Green (Technical Director)|
|Formula One World Championship|
|Constructors||Sahara Force India F1 Team|
|Drivers||11. Paul di Resta
12. Nico Hülkenberg
|Debut||2012 Australian Grand Prix|
The Force India VJM05 was a Formula One racing car designed by Sahara Force India F1 Team for use in the 2012 Formula One season. The car was launched on 3 February at Silverstone. It was driven by Paul di Resta, and Nico Hülkenberg who returned to the sport after spending one year as Force India's test and reserve driver.
The front wing is now a completely different design after developing the same wing for 2 years. With two large pillars, similar to both last year's and this year's Ferrari, the wing is connected to the "platypus" style nose. The team continued with a Red Bull-alike rounded bottom of the nosecone and monocoque to allow as much air as possible to flow under the car.
The sidepods still feature the same sidepod panel alongside the inlets, but now feature a dramatic undercut, further reducing drag that is induced by the sidepods. At the top of the car, the team also dropped the blade design and went for a more traditional airbox. The new design however features a large undercut, requiring additional supports to make sure the rollbar is strong enough to protect the driver in case of a crash.
Towards the rear, the car retains the pull rod rear suspension. The new exhausts are positioned where they were expected to be, fairly close to the centre of the car, and blowing in an upward angle. This was expected to be seen on many cars at introduction time, but Ferrari and McLaren have already shown that several variations are possible. The diffuser features a wicker running along its top edge which turns through 90 degrees at the centre of the car and climbs up to the base of the rear impact structure.
|Chassis||Carbon fibre composite monocoque with Zylon legality side anti-intrusion panels.|
|Front suspension||Aluminium uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod. Inboard chassis mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly.|
|Rear suspension||Aluminium uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod. Inboard chassis mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly.|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)|
|Weight||640 kg (including driver)|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z 2.4 L (146 cu in) V8 (90°). Naturally aspirated, 18,000 RPM limited with KERS, mid-mounted|
|Gearbox||McLaren gearbox Seven-speed plus one reverse gear hand-operated, seamless shift|
|Gears||Seven forward and one reverse|
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2012||Force India||Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z||P||AUS||MAL||CHN||BHR||ESP||MON||CAN||EUR||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||KOR||IND||ABU||USA||BRA||109||7th|
|Paul di Resta||10||7||12||6||14||7||11||7||Ret||11||12||10||8||4||12||12||12||9||15||19†|
† Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.