New Ferrari to feature Red Bull-like exhausts UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Ferrari has confirmed that a new exhaust system is among the changes to its 2010 car to debut on the streets of Valencia this weekend.
It has been reported that the revised F10, tested by Fernando Alonso at Fiorano and seen on a fan video posted on the internet, features a Red Bull-like layout for the exhausts.
Ferrari also revealed that test driver Marc Gene was at the wheel of the car for an aerodynamic test at Vairano last week.
The low-mounted exhausts, located directly ahead of the double diffuser, are tipped to slice up to half a second off lap times.
Maranello based Ferrari on Tuesday confirmed that the Valencia upgrade includes "several modifications and updates", although "not quite as far-reaching or extensive as (the) reports have suggested!"
The team said: "The most significant feature is a new configuration for the exhaust system, aimed at improving the aerodynamic efficiency of the car."06/15/10 (GMM) A feature of Ferrari's heavily upgraded F10 car in Valencia next weekend will reportedly be Red Bull-style exhausts.
Rival teams initially thought an illegal ride-height control system was the secret of the RB6's speed, but it is now believed that the layout of the rear of the car - including lowly-mounted exhausts - is the basis of the design.
Spain's AS newspaper reports that the updated F10 will be between three and four tenths per lap quicker than the basic specification raced in Turkey and Canada.
The report also said the change represents a fundamentally new aerodynamic direction for the car, opening up a new avenue for subsequent development.
"The most important improvement in Valencia is not what we achieve there, but the way it opens us developments to be stronger for the remainder of the season," Fernando Alonso is quoted as confirming.
As well as the lower exhausts, the 'B' car will feature modified rear suspension, AS continues to explain, in order to open a bigger channel of air "to double the downforce generated by the diffuser".
"For Valencia, the focus has been on other areas of the car apart from the (F-duct) rear wing," team boss Stefano Domenicali is quoted by Brazil's Globo.
Meanwhile, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has revealed that the championship-leading MP4-25 will feature a "reasonably big upgrade" at the British grand prix next month.