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Formula One 2012: New Design Regulations Creates Ugliest Cars Ever

As the wraps come off the 2012 batch of Formula One cars, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this year’s stable will be one of the ugliest on record, as the constructors are forced to introduce cars with an unsightly kink in their noses. F1 has, for the last decade at least, played host to a no-holds-barred battle of form versus function when it comes to car design—one that has left aesthetics cowering in a corner, lamenting its former glory days when looking good mattered more than a few tenths off the lap time. As if the design teams weren’t handicapped enough by the computer jockeys and aerodynamicists insisting that the cars be covered with winglets, tuning vanes and other sticky-out bits that would be more at h...

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