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The 10 ugliest cars in F1 history

While Formula 1 has generally been associated with beauty and glamour, certain teams trespass into the domain of ugliness in their quest for speed, here is a list of ten of the most hideous cars to grace the grid.

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While there is no doubt an aesthetically pleasing Formula 1 car is what both the engineers and designers strive for, good looks are only an afterthought when you consider the fact that F1 cars are designed to be fast first and foremost.

That being said, here is our list of ten of the ugliest designs ever to grace an F1 grid.

Ferrari F12

The past decade has not been a vintage year with respect to aesthetics in Formula 1. The lawnmower design of the cars, small rear wings, and massive front wings didn't help matters at all.

Added to that unpleasant mix was the need to lower the car's noses from 2012, this led to some truly horrific designs with Ferrari's step-nosed F12 being one of the standouts. The car would be further up the list if it was not a Ferrari.

Williams FW 26

The famous walrus nose made its debut in 2005 at a time when Williams were struggling to match the all-dominant Ferrari team of the early 00s.

In an attempt to find a bit performance the team introduced a "walrus" style nose, which in all honesty made the car unsightly. The team were forced to abandon the concept when their design failed to provide the necessary gain in performance either.

March 711

For the most part March's 711 looked like a normal F1 car with a striking red livery. However, in a bid to find an extra bit of downforce, the team mounted an, for lack of a better word, ironing board to the front of the car. Much like the aforementioned Williams, the 711 would fail to deliver on the result front meaning the team would consciously field an ugly for no reason.

Eifelland Type 21

While the Eiffelland team only entered eight races in Formula 1 their E21 car was an assault on the visual senses.

Can someone explain how their driver wasn't distracted by the massive protrusion in front of them?

Honda RA108

Honda's last year as a manufacturer was a bad one. Their 2008 car was so bad that they gave up midway into the season in order to focus on what would become the title winning Brawn Grand Prix car.

With what could only be described as a "dumbo nose" the RA108 was a ghastly piece of work helped in no part by their livery.

Ensign N179

The car was in essence a moving cheese grater. The design of the radiators wasn't even all that helpful as the car consistently struggled with heating issues. What Ensign were thinking is left to anyone's imagination.

Ligier JS5

Nicknamed the "teapot" Ligier's first attempt at designing a Formula 1 car led to them creating the monstrosity known as the JS5.

Though the car performed admirably, considering the team were brand new to the F1 grid in 1976, the enormous airbox makes the JS5 the fourth ugliest car on this list.

March 751

March engineering are the only team to feature on this list twice. The 751 is also the only car on the list to make it on because of an ugly rear rather than an ugly front end.

The car looks like it was inspired by an American pickup truck with its elongated rear end "forklift" rear wing.

Caterham CT5

Another car that was a victim of circumstance more than anything else, the car's nose justifies its inclusion on this list.

The image will explain our reasoning better than words can.

Lotus E22

Looking like a cross between the Caterham CT5 and the Williams FW26, the Lotus E22 tops our list simply because it combines the ugliest elements of two cars from two different eras.

The Lotus name has been synonymous in Formula 1 for their design prowess and beauty. The E22 was neither quick nor beautiful and for the combination of those three reasons makes our list as the ugliest car in the history of Formula 1.

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