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Force India unveils VJM08 livery
Force India unveiled a striking new colour scheme on Wednesday and set it sights on challenging for podiums with regularity in 2015.
The new colours, on an old car with a 2015-spec nose, were officially unveiled by Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg at an event in Mexico City as the team released promotional pictures to the media. The new colour scheme is predominantly silver and black, with shades of orange, making it the second year Force India has chosen a dark livery.
During the launch the team said new features of the new car include a revised rear suspension lay-out and modified sculpting of the sidepods. Of note was the rounded nose, a contrast to the images of the Williams FW37, released earlier on Wednesday.
The VJM08 will not debut until the second winter test, with Force India set to run its 2014 car at the Jerez test which begins on February 1. Team boss Vijay Mallya said he hopes the VJM08 can build on the success of 2014 and help Force India fight with the teams at the front of the grid this season.
"The 2015 car is a refinement of what we learned in 2014," said Mallya. "Another major step forward is the technology change, in that we are now using a 60% wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany which is a far bigger step than we have ever taken before. Traditionally we have been in Brackley where we used to develop our car with a 50% model and an outdated wind tunnel.
"With this new and important tool available to use we hope the 2015 challenger will really prove its worth in competing with the big boys of F1 when we start the European season. We are lucky to have two exceptional drivers who will hopefully steer the Sahara Force India challenger to the front of the grid, and hopefully a few podiums during the current year."