Dallara has revealed the first images of its 2012 Formula 3 car, codenamed the F312.
Changes to the FIA's technical regulations, which have been tweaked in a bid to reduce running costs of the new generation of F3 machines, have resulted in a number of key changes to the outgoing model.
In addition to focusing on increasing the stiffness of the monocoque and suspension, Dallara has also sought to upgrade mechanical components in order to extend their lifespan.
Only one make and type of gearbox/transmission unit [per car manufacturer] will be available. Hewland will act as the supplier for the F312.
The side protection of the new F3 monocoque has been upgraded to current F1 standards. Sub-assembly began in July, and delivery of the new cars is scheduled for mid-December.
There has still, however, been no definitive answer from the FIA on whether next year's rules will be introduced as planned, or whether the existing chassis regulations will be extended to cover 2012.