Other features include the mandatory ‘Halo’ cockpit protection system, the re-profiled engine cover and what appears to be a more reliable 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 power unit, which performed very well on the dyno in Viry- Châtillon. This year, teams are only allowed to utilize a total of three power units, for the 21-race calendar.
The aesthetic of the R.S.18 is very dynamic, as the mixture of black and yellow delivers a powerful contrast. When viewed only from the front, the car actually appears to be mostly yellow, however, from the side, it’s the other way around, boasting a mostly black theme. Overall, it’s very Borussia Dortmund-ish, for any soccer fans out there.
“Over the past year I’ve seen progression in many areas: ninth to sixth in the standings – in many races we were often the fourth fastest team on the grid. This is a testament to our drive, commitment and adherence to a very ambitious plan. It was a quantified progression towards what we want to become and challenging the top teams,” stated team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
Meanwhile, 30-year old Nico Hulkenberg said that he can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the R.S.18.
“We’re in a good position. For this year we want to build on the good platform of last season. 2017 was about bedding in, now I want to get ready to go. I get a good feeling, we have put the work in over the winter and hard work usually pays off. I’m eager to get out there. Put me in the car.”
Hulkenberg, together with his new teammate Carlos Sainz, will get to know the car during the first Barcelona tests, scheduled to take place between February 26 and March 1st.