Thus, a new car was designed bottom up. The F2000 was the first Ferrari racer to be conceived entirely in the wind tunnel. Chief designer Rory Byrne improved aerodynamics (something the sport is obsessed about) around the car, by lowering the centre of gravity and using carbon composites for the suspension.
The 'heart' of the racer was a 3.0-litre V10 producing around 800hp, screaming its cylinders out under the F2000's carbon-fibre and Kevlar-reinforced body. That season, Ferrari, scored 10 victories, 10 pole positions, and set 5 fastest laps.
Michael Schumacher scored nine wins while team-mate Rubens Barrichello brought in one. With a final score of 170 points, Ferrari won the constructor's title and Schumacher grabbed his third driver's championship, his first-of five with the Scuderia team.
This particular car with chassis number 204, has been driven by both Schumacher and test driver Luca Badoer. Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix in this but an accident in testing saw it decommissioned and was retained by Jean Todt the then team-manager.
Now F2000.204 is fully restored with a new engine has since driven around 400km. It is going up for auction this Friday, at the annual RM's Monaco sale with a starting price of around Ł700,000. (S$1.41 million)
Also on sale/auction this weekend, is the 1978 Williams FW06 F1 car with a modest 475bhp. I find it interesting to find two cars with almost a two decade gap at the same auction.
While looking at the pictures of the F2000, I noticed the car had a similar nose cone design to the current McLarens'. A one piece that is gradually lowering rather than the eye-soring stepped noses.
I was just wondering, if Ferrari came up with this design nearly 12 years ago and succeed, why aren't they following it now? I know that there is more to aerodynamics than just the nose cone. Compared to the F2000 the F12's rear wing, tyres, engine are different and there is KERS and a larger fuel tank. However isn't it odd that only one team this season is using this design approach?