Sauber C32 Ferrari

Sauber C32 image

active: 2013
Team: Sauber F1 Team

Team: Matt Morris (CD), Willem Toet (HA), Beat Zehnder (Team Manager), Monisha Kalterborn (CEO)
Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg (11), Esteban Gutierrez (12)

Sauber unveiled their C32 at their headquarters in Hinwill on February 2, 3 days ahead of the first winter test at Jerez. It is the first car designed entirely under the helm of Chief designer Matt Morris after the departure of the team's technical director James Key. It also marks the first launch for team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, who took over from Peter Sauber, and was very ambitious at the launch.

Development focus of this car was mainly in the sidepods which are narrower and slightly higher, incorporating a radiator layout that is vastly different from its predecessor. The coanda exhaust has also changed as the team decided to copy McLaren's 2012 solution. Combined with a redesigned rear suspension layout and a narrower gearbox from Ferrari, more downforce can be extracted from the rear of the car.

The nose meanwhile has only been slightly revised, keeping the S-duct that runs through the nose cone to guide air from underneath the nose to the upper surface of the monocoque. In general though, this car is a considerable evolution of the C32, progress as we have become accustomed to from Sauber.

The full technical analysis can be found here:


Chassis: carbon-fibre monocoque

Front suspension: upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers actuated by pushrods

Rear suspension: upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers actuated by pullrods

Dampers: Sachs Race Engineering

Brakes: six-piston brake callipers (Brembo), carbon-fibre pads and discs (Brembo)

Transmission: Ferrari 7-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch

Electronics: MES

Steering wheel: Sauber F1 Team

Tyres: Pirelli

Wheels: OZ

KERS: Ferrari


Length: 5.240 mm

Width: 1.800 mm

Height: 1.000 mm

Track width, front: 1.495 mm

Track width, rear: 1.410 mm

Weight: 642 kg (incl. driver, tank empty)


Designation: Ferrari 056

Configuration: Naturally aspirated V8, 90° cylinder angle

Engine block: sand-cast aluminium

Valves / valve train: 32 / pneumatic

Displacement: 2,398 cm³

Bore: 98 mm

Weight: >95 kg

Image by James Moy Photography