Haas F1 release their first F1 car

Here it is…it’s finally here. The Haas F1 VF-16 or as I like to call it, the first Haas F1 Formula 1 car.

The origin of naming the car “VF-16” goes back to the first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation, the VF-1, launched in 1988. The “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One”. 

Gene Haas

“From an international standpoint, Formula One is the highest echelon of racing, and Haas Automation builds the highest-quality machine tools,” said Haas, who has grown Haas Automation into the largest machine tool builder in North America with more than $1 billion in annual sales. “When you hear ‘F1’ you know exactly what it is – a global racing series that showcases the latest technology and attracts the best talent in engineering and design. Haas Automation has an excellent reputation in the United States and I want that reputation to grow worldwide. Connecting Haas Automation with F1 in name and in practice is the best way to grow our business and elevate Haas Automation to a premium, global brand.”

Haas F1 VF-16 front Haas F1 VF-16 side Haas F1 VF-16 top

Guenther Steiner

“Just as Haas Automation’s products continually evolve, becoming better and more efficient, our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “We’re a new team, so we looked at what the successful teams were doing to give us a baseline of the direction we needed to go with our design.

“We have very experienced designers who worked hard to develop all the little things from an aerodynamic perspective that, collectively, add up to a lot. And our technical partner, Ferrari, provided our power unit, and that really defined the rear end of the car and how big it needed to be.

“Our goal with this car is to score points,” Steiner states. “First, we need to go out there and show that we can do the job, that we can finish races, that we are respected by the fans and other teams in the paddock. Then, we want to score points. That is the ultimate goal.”

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I like the livery. Reminds me of the Hakkinen era McLaren a little.

Tom Firth

Not really seeing that personally. Thinking of the Midland F1 entrant, at least in terms of the palette. Remember them?


I do and yes, I see that as well. The CFD Midland…I hope it goes better:/

Tom Firth

Everyone hopes it goes better than Midland, lets hope it doesn’t go orange and become Spyker next year!

Dr T

Geez… Melbourne still seems like a long time away


At least they got the flag oriented correctly on the starboard side of the vehicle. Not looking like a LEGO kit is a nice bonus, too.


The flag is correct. The regulations for displaying US flags have always specified that the stars should be at the front, as if that’s where the flagpole is.


Meine Postma

Can somebody explain to a none-American what it is with Americans and their flag? Personally I could not care less about the flag of my country, nor would I have problems with somebody burning it or doing something/anything with it or to it.
My suspicion is most Europeans feel that way,


It’s not that Americans are particularly against flag burning, it’s that it’s a controversial issue. The U.S. constitution actually protects flag desecration under the first amendment (Free Speech). However there have been repeated attempts to create anti flag-defamation laws, the latest being defeated by 1 vote in 2006. It’s an issue that hits at the core of the 1st Amendment, and THAT is a big deal to just about every American.

By contrast flag defamation is actually illegal in many, if not most, European countries… (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, etc.)

Meine Postma

Ok, that explains it a little for me. Thank you.


I’m always happy to share what little wisdom I have. You are welcome.


The only reason to have a flag at home is to whipe my ass with it when I’m out of toilet paper.


Wouldn’t it be cheaper to use paper towels or tissues?

Tom Firth

Surprised by the lack of any Ferrari branding on the car, or at least visible.


And there was I thinking that this was the first F1 car from Haas:comment image

Sorry, I do know what you mean, and hope that this team performs rather better than the earlier one with a similar name.


Carl Haas and Gene Haas are not related. Completely different team. Or maybe you knew that and were just being cheeky…

Negative Camber

Dave is always cheeky, cunning, brilliant and sorted. ;)

Negative Camber

They got the “size 0” thing right with Esteban.


Ah man. I’m a skinny guy and I hate it when people point it out. Esteban might feel the same and you’ve done it on social media. If he was fat you would be ridiculed if you called him fat, but the other way round its fine. We are all different, no need to point it.

Negative Camber

Lighten up Steve, I’m not making fun of Esteban, the suit with the white sides make him look (in this angle) like he’s very tapered at the rear end like the current crop of Size 0 cars. There’s more in life to find outrage in, my friend.


How long character Haas play in F1 with no external sponsors? Even Ferrari and Mercedes (who get hundreds of millions worth of advertising from their participation) have other sponsors names on the cars. With a ‘small’ budget like Williams the team will be spending two million a week, Red Bull or McLaren (larger teams who aren’t developing their own PU) would easily double that. Are Haas really going to sell enough extra machines thanks to their F1 programme to pay for this? I want to see the team do well and survive, and for that they need sponsors.

Negative Camber

I should think Gene’s ties into the NASCAR sponsor world will pay dividends or at least improve the chances of securing some US-based sponsorships. The key here is building an interest from American fans and sponsors. I don’t mean that to sound as if that hasn’t happened and Haas is doing that single-handedly but he’ll need to really bore in to the relationships he has and create an interest within them. Sure, American F1 fans have been here long before Haas F1 but some of the sponsors he may approach may not be even looking yet.


Really surprised that Gutierrez’s sponsors haven’t appeared on the car, nor has Grosjean’s (Saxo bank).

Is Haas getting _that_ much money from Gutierrez’s sponsors without their logos appearing on the car? If not, I really do wonder why Rossi wasn’t chosen.

charlie white

Gene Haas could be banking on the “if you build it, they will come” mantra for sponsors. If the team starts to do well or at least attracts considerable public attention here in the USA, sponsors may show up eventually.


Looks like a decently designed car despite all the weird ways they are doing it. Not quite up there with the Ferrari and the Merc in the small details and finesse. Looking at that I would expect some decent midfield finishes based on how well the team gells and gets set up on race weekends.

jiji the cat

Looks good


It has worked for cafinated fizzy water, why wouldn’t it work for machine tools? Kids love machine tools…….


Don’t forget the smokes! Kids love cigarettes ;-) But seriously, I don’t think there are many Haas products in stores over here, so if they want to sell more products in Europe F1 is a good way to introduce your brand.