Virgin VR-01

Timo Glock in the VR -01 at the Grand Prix of Bahrain 2010

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The Virgin VR -01 is a Formula 1 race car and the police car of Virgin Racing in Formula 1 2010 season.

The Virgin VR -01 is the first Formula One racing car, which was developed by means of numerical fluid mechanics exclusively on the computer. Was constructed the car by Nick Wirth, whose team but underwent in the development by faulty calculations, and present to the Treibstofftdichte a serious mistake: The fuel tank was sized too small, making it the then Virgin drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi as was virtually impossible to carry out an entire Grand Prix distance without refueling. Since refueling was however banned in Formula 1 in 2010 and the chassis of the vehicles during the season could not be rebuilt, the team at the FIA ​​had to request special permission.

Was driven the car that had to be rolled out on February 4 and was built by Dallara, the 2.4-liter Cosworth CA2010 V8 engine. During the tests in Jerez and Barcelona, ​​there were always problems with the hydraulics.

The first scoring run of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix, both fell VR -01 from because of technical defects. Di Grassi had shut off again a defect in the hydraulic and Glock had his race car after a transmission failure early.

After another double failure at the race in Australia Lucas di Grassi reached the 14th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the first finish for a Virgin Formula 1 racing cars.