The alien has landed as Toro Rosso STR9 breaks cover

27 January, 2014

Toro Rosso STR9

Toro Rosso STR9

The Scuderia Toro Rosso uncovered the STR9 at Jerez on Monday, revealing a car design which has adopted the ‘anteater’ solution for the nose cone, with a very pronounced narrow Xenomorph-like snout.

Official car name: STR9
Engine: Renault Energy F1-2014
Energy Recovery Systems: Renault Sport F1
Chassis material: Composite monocoque structure
Front suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, pushrod, torsion bar springs, central damper and Anti roll bars, Multimatic/Penske dampers
Rear suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, pullrod, torsion bar springs, central damper and anti roll bars, Multimatic/Penske dampers
Assisted Steering Rack: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Bellhousing: Carbon fibre composite
Gearbox Maincase: Scuderia Toro Rosso, Aluminium alloy
Gears: Eight-speed sequential – hydraulically operated.

Toro Rosso STR9

Toro Rosso STR9

Supplied by RedBull Technology
Hydraulic system: RedBull Technology
Clutch: AP Racing, pull-type
Exhaust: Scuderia Toro Rosso, Inconel, with turbo heatshield
Calipers: Brembo
Pads and discs: Brembo
Brake By Wire: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Cooling system (radiators, heat exchangers, intercoolers): Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Cockpit instrumentation: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Steering wheel: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso STR9

Toro Rosso STR9

Driver’s seat: Carbon fibre construction, moulded to driver’s shape
Seat belts: OMP/Sabelt
Pedals: Scuderia Toro Rosso
Extinguisher system: Scuderia Toro Rosso/FEV
Wheels: Apptech, Magnesium alloy
Tyres: Pirelli
Fuel system: ATL tank with Scuderia Toro Rosso internals
Bodywork material: Carbon fibre composite
Overall weight: 690 kg (including driver and camera)

Report in progress…


  • boycottthebull

    Bernie and Jean Turd were trying to get the nick name of second turbo era to stick but instead in reality we should thank them for bringing us into the dick nose era. That protrusion is safer how?

  • MAx Max

    WTF is that! OMG censor it!

  • Krunksoft

    “Dick” is not the first thing I think when I see the nose of the car. What is wrong with some of you? Have we all turned into a bunch of 15-year-old boys all of a sudden when looking at the new car designs?? Does anybody have anything to say about the rest of these cars or are we too “dick” obsessed to even notice?? Grow up guys!

  • Stevie Speed

    Now available at Ann Summers, the 2014 Toro Rosso!

    Don’t bend over as it it’s being pushed into the garage…

  • AFA

    These new noses can get so easily damaged and ruin the race for the driver!

  • I see the usual cry babies are complaining again

    It never fails the same bunch of self proclaimed experts crying about how things should be done.

    If you all are so smart go apply for a job with any of the F1 teams, my guess is not a single on of you would be hired.

    I like the different shapes of the cars instead of all of them looking the same.

    Some are still copying while others went their direction.

    Let the cry babies continue now.

  • Krunksoft

    EXACTLY!! I’ve never in my life seen a bunch of men whine and cry so much about changes in a sport known for switching things up every few years. If it’s not the new power unit it’s the new design rules, if it’s not the new design rules it’s the double-points for the last race. Stop crying like a bunch of girls and learn to embrace change. If it bothered you so much you’d stop watching but the fact that you post here means you’ll still be a big fan and you’ll watch even if it’s just to see how much of a cluster-**** these new cars turn out to be.

  • The Pessimist

    Toro Rosso with a new Renault Power Unit, should be interesting to see how it performs on track the design looks impressive though.

  • ashyxt

    now that’s a porn star penis!!!

  • Taskmaster

    Some people accept everything as good, even when it isn’t, and feel themselves superior to those who don’t. It’s this sheepish, follow the leader behavior that causes committees to ignore those they are accountable to, the sports customers. We fans -who buy race tickets, patronize sponsors, pay premium TV charges – are the customers. As such, we have the right to dislike what we wish, and to state how we feel. Those who accept unconditionally are easy to please, they just buy whatever is thrown at them and say thank you mum, may I have another! I personally would like to see the sport loosened up, so when something ugly comes out, it’s from an inspiration, not compliance with a poorly considered regulation.

  • jeff

    Not a bad looking ride.

  • McLarenfan

    More of an Eagle Beak but I would rather have that than the strange tuning fork on the Lotus Malfunctionardo special

  • Krunksoft

    Taskmaster – Your saying these cars are ugly doesn’t make it FACT. It’s simply your opinion so stop pretending like you have final say on what these cars look like. I never said these cars look or good or ugly. All I’m saying is stop whining like a bunch of spoiled brats. Besides, this is RACING – not a beauty contest. Do you know how much nonsense you accept in your life unconditionally anyway? We all unconditionally accept things way more important than Formula One. There are a large number of fans who can look at the cars and accept them as they are and move on to the important thing – what happens on the track. Seems that you’re saying anyone who disagrees with you on this is sheepish?? That’s so childish I can’t even respond.

  • Taskmaster

    Where, anywhere, did I state that the cars were ugly as a fact? I simply stated an opinion, and like the opinion the cars are fine, is just that, opinion. You like the cars, great. There are likely to be some interesting things to look at this season. As a product designer, when I raced, we spent the extra effort on making what we raced as good looking to our own taste. Sometimes that was not pretty, as the rules made a mess of things. Therefore, when I personally see rules and regs force other designers to create what I feel is an odd, or unattractive detail, I reserve the right to express as much – no matter how hard this is on those feel a need to whine about this expression.

  • Krunksoft

    I don’t see what’s so odd about these cars. If you look at the history of the sport there have been some cars that really make you scratch your head. I don’t see these cars in that category, but that’s my OPINION. Doesn’t the FiA have to give some guidelines as to how these cars are designed? You can’t just let teams do whatever they want to do. I think what we’re going to see from this season’s cars will be interesting as the cars won’t be quite as cookie cutter. We’ve already seen 3 radically different noses and I think that’s a good thing. Besides, the nose is just ONE section of the entire car. Why is everyone putting so much emphasis on that one section. I don’t get it. To me it’s like saying Marilyn Monroe was ugly because she had a mole on her face.

  • bobw

    Hey Taskmaster, that’s why it was called “Formula 1″ because the cars are constructed according to a stipulated formula. The idea is to challenge the technical and engineering expertise of the teams. Nobody ever said the first rule of design is aesthetics. Function will always take precedence over form-ugly or not. How many F1 cars did you design?

  • Matt Whitfield

    What TaskMaster said. I think people are entitled to their opinions, and these nose designs provoke opinion. If you have read what the teams have been saying about them (Newey included) then the general opinion is that they are ugly. My opinion is that the Toro Rosso could only look worse if the ‘finger’ was painted pink with a purple end – and it’s a shame these designs have come about because they are the optimal way of getting around a poorly considered regulation – and especially so given that we had warnings of the effect of the regulation as far back as the middle of the 2013 season (and possibly even earlier).

    And, probably the reason most people see the nose and comment on that is because it’s the first thing people see of the car. A three-quarter shot with it’s heightened sense of perspective only reinforces that fact.

  • Krunksoft

    Can someone tell me what they consider to be the perfect nose for a Formula One car? Which cars or seasons in history have had cars with the coolest looking noses? I’m honestly trying to get some perspective here because I don’t see anything wrong with this year’s cars. They are just different. Not good or bad…just different which keeps things interesting for me. I guess I’m just more into the performance of the cars rather than what they look like. They are all automotive art in my book but the best-looking car won’t guarantee victory and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @Krunksoft

    Thanks for whining about people expressing their opinion, and accusing them of whining. It is the classic case of projection. You like the cars so anyone who doesn’t is a whiner. That’s harsh.

    Personally I think the nose of the Torro Rosso looks like a penis. If the cars had two balls hanging down on either side of the nose like testicals then I’d also comment on that. I think that is logical.

    Therefore I am with Taskmaster. He’s entitled to his opinion and it is not normal for an F1 car to look like it has a huge penis on the front end, as most of the cars do. Yet another FIA epic fail.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @boycottthebull

    I totally agree, not the “New Turbo Era” but the “Penis Nose Era” of F1. What a massive FIA f#€£ up…

  • Matt Whitfield

    For me personally? Any with clean lines. So the 2012 steps were ugly to me because they had the very artificial ‘steps’. I guess I also prefer lower noses, purely aesthetically. Brawn BGP001 and the McLaren MP4/4 come to mind.

  • Jim

    Urgh!

    If you cut off the extended nose part it would actually be a pretty nice looking car. It’s good that we’ve ended up with lot’s of different designs but it would be a brave person to call any of the good looking.

  • Anna

    The new noses are purely functional. Because of the regulations having them drop the nose height by 30cm they have to get maximum air around or through the nose for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Whether they look ugly or not is beside the point. Having said that, I think there will be a lot of “nose” measuring in Herez.

  • Krunksoft

    I actually like the new noses more than the stepped noses, which also had to grow on me. I dunno. I just think it’s interesting to see all the different design ideas the new rules have forced teams to come up with. The fact that people hate the noses so much just makes them that much more fascinating to me. Tomorrow we will see just how “fascinating” things can really get. I predict a couple of beautiful cars, even with the new noses…..that will barely be able to do a couple of laps in Jerez! March can’t get here fast enough!

  • Taskmaster

    From pure aesthetics, looking past the noses, I think the rear flanks are nicer looking than they were last season. The new intake and area around the roll hoop is also sleeker, while the side pod shapes are all looking racy on all the cars. Hearing some of the audio clips of the Torro Rosso and the Mercedes – they sound much more like sports cars. The lower tone mixed with turbo whine is pretty cool. I don’t hate anything. It’s the dimensional restrictions generating the odd geometry up front that rules committees could have eliminated by paying attention to the inevitable result. There is no way they intended to have the new cars referred to as ugly, so this is all unintended blow-back from missing that relationship, again.

  • Krunksoft

    I just listened to the Torro Rosso on youtube and…..WOW!! I loved that sound. It’s still gonna be loud and nasty as we all wanted, just with a lower tone as Taksmaster said. But the sound of that turbo warms my heart. I’m going to follow Formula E, because I’m just weird like that and I love racing, but the sound of these F1 engines does something for the soul. The bottom line is that they can sound great and be absolute pains in the ass. Let’s hope the engineers got it right so we can have some good, clean racing come March.

  • chase

    Gonzo.

  • Krunksoftie

    “@Krunksoft: Thanks for whining about people expressing their opinion, and accusing them of whining.”

    LOL! Thanks, “Red Bull Cheats”, your quote made my day!

  • Bent Spark Plug…

    Paint the nose pink- it will attract more women to follow the sport :-)

  • Sppeed

    @Bentsparkplug
    Haha, made me laugh!
    Well done FIA! You’ve turned F1 into an R rated sport!
    I always thought Jean Todt was …….. well, a little queer!

  • Matthew

    The torro rosso may be the worst penis nose offender this year. On another note… Have you all watched that 9 second clip of it leaving pit lane? It absolutely sounds amazing! These new turbo engines are making the old v8s sound feminine in comparison.

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