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#1 JHSingo

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 17:24

Seeing as it's nearly the end of the season...

 

Simple question, really. Which F1 car that is often described as ugly do you actually like? Post your strange confessions here - if nothing else, it might act as a reminder for some of us to finally get around to booking that appointment at Specsavers. 

 

My contributions:

 

Williams FW26 'Walrus' nose:

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Often appears on lists of "ugliest F1 cars ever" - but I've always liked it. I don't think it is offensively ugly - the nose made it stand out and was something unique at a time when a lot of cars just looked like carbon copies of each other. Plus, Montoya drove it, so that has to be worth something extra, right?

 

Ferrari F2012:

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No car from the "stepped nose" year can be described as beautiful - but I am drawn to the Ferrari for reasons I probably can't best describe. Perhaps Alonso's heroics that year have somehow added to it? Please tell me I'm not the only one.

 

Ferrari F14-T

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No, this isn't a wind up - again, I do, for some reason, find myself liking this car. Despite having the looks and performance of a car that had already been crashed, I thought it was one of the better looking ones from that year - for a start, it was blessed with not having a...umm...phallic object on its nose. Sure, it isn't going to win any beauty contests, but compare it next to that year's Caterham and it's almost good looking. Just me?

 

So, what about you?



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#2 FLB

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 17:33

Ferrari 312 T4:

 

https://formula1.fer....com/en/312-t4/



#3 Henri Greuter

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 17:36

 

 

I only support this claim because people call the 312T4 ugly but in my eyes, it wasn't an ugly car. Certainly not with just about every post 2000 car with their raised noses and the current long wheel based endless long freight liners



#4 Fatgadget

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 17:39

Ugly?..Functional more like. Cars designed for a specific purpose are not designed  with  eye candy top of the tree lol! :lol:



#5 E.B.

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 17:40

I don't know which cars are generally considered ugly, which makes it a bit tricky to answer.

#6 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:00

I also like the Ferrari F14-T, as it reminds me of what I consider to be the most beautiful F1 car of all time, the Ferrari 641:

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#7 goldenboy

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:06

I loved the walrus!

Those other 2 you had in your OP can burn in hell though.

#8 YoungGun

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:06

Ugly?..Functional more like. Cars designed for a specific purpose are not designed  with  eye candy top of the tree lol! :lol:

 

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#9 Silberpfeil

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:10

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Eifelland E21. For one, Rolf Stommelen drove it.

Also, to this day, I remain convinced that, back in the 1990s, some poor designer at Fiat looked at pictures of old F1 cars for inspiration, stumbled across the Eifelland, and thought "You know what? They used this in Formula 1, so it can’t be that bad."

And that is how the Fiat Multipla was born.

#10 red stick

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:11

I agree that the step-nosed era gave us some decidedly ungainly looking machinery. My vote is for the Williams FW34, which apart from being too long, too narrow, and looking like it's nose had been broken, featured an unlikely win from an unlikely driver.

#11 Fatgadget

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:22

https://forums.autos...hl=ugly f1 cars



#12 Ibsey

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:27

McLaren MP4/10

 

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#13 ezequiel

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:33

That Caterham from the penis-noses era



#14 WilliamsF1Fan

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:36

I also have a soft spot for the FW26 with the Walrus Nose.  I think it looked great actually.  Aggressive and unique.  Rubbish though!



#15 Atreiu

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:40

I don’t know, ugly is ugly.

If slow/poor cars are allowed, I mention the MP4-19. It wasn’t ugly though.

#16 BRG

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 19:45

Ferrari Spazzaneve for me.  How could an Italian team perpetrate that?

 

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Eifelland E21. For one, Rolf Stommelen drove it.

Also, to this day, I remain convinced that, back in the 1990s, some poor designer at Fiat looked at pictures of old F1 cars for inspiration, stumbled across the Eifelland, and thought "You know what? They used this in Formula 1, so it can’t be that bad."

And that is how the Fiat Multipla was born.

A cracking first post, sir!  You are most welcome to the forum.  Keep up the good work!



#17 noikeee

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 20:09

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That was exactly the car I was coming in to post.

Beautiful? Eh perhaps that's not quite the word. But it's the ultimate aggressive looking F1 car. Totally raw. I love it!

#18 Spillage

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 20:17

I always liked this bad boy, the F2012:

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I think it looks menacing, like a a shark. I seem to be the only one who does though!

#19 GrzegorzChyla

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 20:50

for me Arrows A2, ofter ranked amongst ugliest F1 cars.



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#20 messy

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 20:54

I liked the F1 2012 and the almost identical looking Sauber that year too, which didn't seem to get much love. They looked different, quite aggressive, distinctive. I liked the Sauber's very simple white/black livery as well.

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The 2014 Force India is one of my all-time favourites though. I loved the way the admittedly horrendous 'penis nose' was totally hidden by the clever livery unless you were close up. I liked the classy revised colour scheme with the black and I loved the overall look of the car, long and quite sleek (by 2014 F1 standards anyway). I was disappointed when they went for two tone grey the next season.

#21 Maustinsj

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:02

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#22 Otaku

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:13

The Arrows A2, considered ugly by many, it's amazing imho.

 

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#23 Ramon69

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:16

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Cut the cr@p! 2007 & 2008 cars were looking amazing!



#24 Andy35

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:30

I liked the old shadows because although something you could make in your kitchen with a 2018 3D printer you bought from a man in a white van it still had all the attributes of a car

 

front wing.

cockpit

engine

rear wing

 

and huge air scoop only it's mother stroke designer could love.

 

f1-italian-gp-1975-tom-pryce-shadow-dn5.

 

 

It's ugly but it has all the attributes for F1 single seater we love to this day.   :clap:

 

No halo though.... imagine putting a halo on that.  Bless.


Edited by Andy35, 24 November 2018 - 21:34.


#25 scheivlak

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:41

 

Ferrari F14-T

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No, this isn't a wind up - again, I do, for some reason, find myself liking this car. Despite having the looks and performance of a car that had already been crashed, I thought it was one of the better looking ones from that year - for a start, it was blessed with not having a...umm...phallic object on its nose. Sure, it isn't going to win any beauty contests, but compare it next to that year's Caterham and it's almost good looking. Just me?

 

So, what about you?

I said it back then and I still say it now: the F14-T is one of the most beautiful cars of the last 20 years.



#26 PiperPa42

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 21:58

I never understood why anybody found the walrus nose ugly. I'm not and have never been a great fan of Williams, but I really love and loved that car.



#27 Otaku

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 01:01

 

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#28 Radoye

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 02:17

March 711 and 721 with the tea tray front wing just look wrong on so many levels. Yet, still better than anything from 2007-2008 and the step nosed monstrosities of 2012-2014.



#29 HeadFirst

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 03:17

March 711 and 721 with the tea tray front wing just look wrong on so many levels. Yet, still better than anything from 2007-2008 and the step nosed monstrosities of 2012-2014.

 

Agree. http://www.grandprix....org/mar711.htm



#30 Loosenut

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 03:53

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Just needs a penny in the back of it! :lol:

 

Crazy that a 2018 computer game looks more real than a 1970s photo!



#31 RacingGreen

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:49

I liked the old shadows because although something you could make in your kitchen with a 2018 3D printer you bought from a man in a white van it still had all the attributes of a car

 

front wing.

cockpit

engine

rear wing

 

and huge air scoop only it's mother stroke designer could love.

 

f1-italian-gp-1975-tom-pryce-shadow-dn5.

 

 

It's ugly but it has all the attributes for F1 single seater we love to this day.   :clap:

 

No halo though.... imagine putting a halo on that.  Bless.

 

I've never considered the Tony Southgate Shadows anything other than beautiful. In fact I love the look of all the cars of that era with the possible exception of the BRM P201,

 

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and the Fittipaldi FD 01

 

 

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and I do have a soft spot for both of them


Edited by RacingGreen, 25 November 2018 - 07:15.


#32 karl100589

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 07:10

Not F1, but I always liked the pre-bodykit DW12
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Edited by karl100589, 25 November 2018 - 08:22.


#33 kumo7

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 07:15

I thought that Ferrari 312T was one of the ugliest Formula 1 race car at the time. 

 

On the contrary, McLaren that Hunt drove, and Lotus that Andretti drove the finest.

 

Times past, I getting to attain skills to design, I think in the other way round. 

 

 

McLaren hunt drove was one of the easiest car to design, Ferrari 312T was the invention of the heaven's talent and human intelligence.

If a man can flip an unthinkable into the best solution, that is when men proves its intelligence.

 

Ugly cars, do not underestimate, if you are a designer with ambition, you must turn the ugly into utmost sensation.

 

 

In this respect I nam ALL NEWEY car the ugliest.



#34 messy

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:33

Ferrari F14-T
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No, this isn't a wind up - again, I do, for some reason, find myself liking this car. Despite having the looks and performance of a car that had already been crashed, I thought it was one of the better looking ones from that year - for a start, it was blessed with not having a...umm...phallic object on its nose. Sure, it isn't going to win any beauty contests, but compare it next to that year's Caterham and it's almost good looking. Just me?
 
So, what about you?


You know what? I'm going to really stand up for the aesthetics of the 2014 grid. The F14-T was a nice looking car. There were loads of them that year - the Williams (chunky, rounded look reminded me of late 90s Benettons!), the Mercedes, the Red Bull, Force India, Ferrari, I loved the simplicity of the silver McLaren especially with Button's bright pink helmet design, even the Toro Rosso I really liked with its funny nose. That was quite a nice looking grid, spoiled by two abominations - the twin-tusk Lotus and the famously horrifying Caterham.

Much nicer than the stubby, high nose class of 2013 and some nice liveries too.

#35 nosecone

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:10

Peculiar side pods but still a beautiful car in my eyes:

 

The MP4-26

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#36 Nonesuch

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:28

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The F2008, like its 2008-colleagues, gets a lot of hate.

 

To me, it's probably the coolest post-19997 car outside of - perhaps - the MP4-20.

 

It probably helps that I have a 1:18 scale model that's just brilliantly executed. The only downside being it carries the shark-fin that Ferrari used in some races.

 

Great car! :cool:


Edited by Nonesuch, 25 November 2018 - 09:34.


#37 Murl

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:36

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Poetry in motion.

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Edited by Murl, 25 November 2018 - 09:39.


#38 YoungGun

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 10:02

Cut the cr@p! 2007 & 2008 cars were looking amazing!

 

 

Ok this one then?

 

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#39 sopa

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 10:09

Not really sure, which ones are ultimately called ugly, but I always liked the 2004 walrus Williams, which as I remember was widely laughed at, when it was unveiled.



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#40 ezequiel

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 10:42

The Arrows A2, considered ugly by many, it's amazing imho.

 

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Who could consider this wonder 'ugly'?



#41 fer312t

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:08

I liked the old shadows because although something you could make in your kitchen with a 2018 3D printer you bought from a man in a white van it still had all the attributes of a car

 

front wing.

cockpit

engine

rear wing

 

and huge air scoop only it's mother stroke designer could love.

 

f1-italian-gp-1975-tom-pryce-shadow-dn5.

 

 

It's ugly but it has all the attributes for F1 single seater we love to this day.   :clap:

 

No halo though.... imagine putting a halo on that.  Bless.

 

 

Don't think you find a majority that would consider the DN5 'ugly'...

It's easily in my top ten prettiest F1 cars.



#42 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:10

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The Toyota TF109 comes to mind. A very strange car, front row in Bahrain for example, but dead last two races later in Monaco. Still, the car just had something.

#43 midgrid

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:15

The first time I saw the Brabham BT60Y in the 1991 season review, I thought it was a car from a different formula.

 

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#44 kumo7

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:21

How about Merc W04?

 

I find that nose terribly ugly to say the least... 



#45 Bleu

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#46 messy

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 15:39

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The Toyota TF109 comes to mind. A very strange car, front row in Bahrain for example, but dead last two races later in Monaco. Still, the car just had something.


I liked the Toyotas and 2009 was probably the nicest, I think. Didn't like it in 2008 when they messed the livery up.

Always feel a bit sad Toyota didn't stick round for longer because they could have grown into something. They almost sneaked a win in 2009. They were getting somewhere. But then so were BMW and (although they didn't know it at the time) Honda. And all three pulled out.

#47 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 16:41

No mentions of this yet ?

 

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Edited by Louis Mr. F1, 25 November 2018 - 16:41.


#48 THEWALL

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 17:25

I also like the Ferrari F14-T, as it reminds me of what I consider to be the most beautiful F1 car of all time, the Ferrari 641:

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Wait, the Ferrari F14-T reminds you of this one? :wave:



#49 THEWALL

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 17:27

Compared to its peers, this was a beauty:

 

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#50 THEWALL

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 17:29

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