The Formula Two series have revealed a new car for 2018, mirroring the recent trend set by its F1 big brother in the sporting of a controversial ‘Halo’ design. Marking the first time the series formally known as GP2 has released a brand new car since its inception in 2011, the new for next year vehicle has been designed to more closely mirror the new aerodynamic direction of Grand Prix racing. Lower at the rear, more aggressive in design and of course featuring the highly dubious looking ‘Halo’ design, the new Formula Two car has certainly turned plenty of heads during its reveal at the Italian Monza Grand Prix circuit. Designed once again by famed Italian manufacturer Dallara, the new for 2018 machine will be powered by the Renault derived Mecachrome unit for next year, with horsepower expected to exceed the 620HP mark from the new 2.4ltr turbocharged unit, maxing out a 8,750 rpm. “Our focus has always been on providing a powerful, safe and challenging car which will encourage overtaking, and thanks to the new aerodynamics package we believe this car will both enhance racing and provide even more entertainment for our fans” said boss Bruno Michel of Formula Two. Despite what is a visually appealing update to the new machines it is in no doubt that the inclusion of a halo device, something Formula One fans have been highly vocal about these past few months, that will cause the most noise from the general public. Seen as the latest in a long line of safety improvements for open wheel motorsport, the halo looks likely to be filtered down to many of the FIA sanctioned open wheel categories in operation today. “The car has been developed to include improved aesthetics, as well as bringing the safety level up to the highest standards for single-seater cars – and to ultimately bring it closer to a modern Formula 1 car on both of these points.” Said Charlie Whiting, FIA Formula One Race Director. The car will make its public debut for the 2018 Formula Two season. The F2 2018 car specs Dimensions Overall length: 5224 mm (was 5065mm) Overall width: 1900 mm (unchanged) Overall height: 1097 mm including FOM roll hoop camera (was 1072 mm) Wheelbase: 3135 mm (was 3120mm) Overall weight: 720 kg (driver on-board) Engine V6 3.4 litre single turbo charged Mecachrome engine Rated to 620 HP @ 8750 rpm Fly by wire accelerator system Rebuild after 8000 km Maximum Torque 600 Nm Performances Acceleration: 0 - 100 km/h, 2.90 sec Acceleration: 0 - 200 km/h, 6.60 sec Maximum speed: 335 km/h (Monza aero + DRS) Max. braking deceleration -3.5 G Max. lateral acceleration +/- 3.9 G Safety standards Full FIA F1 2017 safety standards Halo F1 specification Monocoque and Bodywork Survival cell - Sandwich Carbon/aluminium honeycomb structure made by Dallara Front and rear wing - Carbon structures made by Dallara Bodywork - Carbon - Kevlar honeycomb structures made by Dallara DRS Same functionality of DRS used in Formula One Hydraulic activation Gearbox 6-speed longitudinal Hewland sequential gearbox Electro-hydraulic command via paddle shift from steering wheel ZF SACHS Carbon clutch No on-board starter, anti-stall system Non hydraulic ramp differential Fuel cell FIA Standard Premier FT5 125 litres Electronic features Magneti Marelli SRG 480 ECU/GCU including data logging system Magneti Marelli PDU 12-42 power supply management unit CAN data acquisition pre-equipment Beacon receiver Suspension Double steel wishbones, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars suspension (F) and spring suspension (R) Adjustable ride height, camber and toe Two way (F) / Four way (R) adjustable Koni dampers Adjustable anti-roll bar (Front/Rear) Brakes 6 pistons monobloc Brembo calipers TBC carbon-carbon brake discs and pads Wheels and tyres F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions O.Z. Racing Magnesium rims 13” x 12” front F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions 13” x 13.7” rear F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions F2 specific Pirelli slick / wet tyres Steering system Non-assisted rack and pinion steering system XAP steering wheel with dashboard, gear change and clutch paddles, marshalling & VSC display Camera equipment Roll hoop, nose cone and face shot camera pre-equipment. Check out the Formula One sub forum for more Grand Prix news and discussions! Like the new F2 car? Happy to see wider adoption of the Halo design? Let us know in the comments section below!