But there is also a desire to have cars that look so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls.
A first glimpse of the next generation of Formula One vehicle has been presented by the sport's technical boss Ross Brawn. 'What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other. The current cars lose once they get within two or three cars lengths, they lose up to 50 percent of their performance, which is why when drivers are on the same tyres of the same age, they struggle to race each other on tracks.
"The prime objective of what we are doing is to try and produce cars that are more raceable.at the moment we've got designs that only lose 20 per cent of their performance. We've got cars now which will maintain 80 percent, so a substantial improvement".
"I am pretty optimistic that we will produce some great looking cars and they will be able to race each other much more effectively than they were in the past". At each stage, as we have been evolving the vehicle, we've had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the auto could look like.
"That is not to control the development, because it's critical this development achieves its objectives", he insists, "but why shouldn't we have great looking cars as we're evolving the cars?"
"So the prime goal of the work we are doing is trying to produce cars which are more raceable".
"I'm def (definitely) gonna be driving if cars look like this", the 33-year-old Briton said on his Instagram account.
F1 has worked hand in hand with governing body the FIA throughout, while the teams have been kept in the loop, too.
Now this looks like a proper concept vehicle: part recognisable machine, part spaceship - just look at that rear wing!
The cars now featuring the larger wheel rims, simpler specs front and rear wings along with a more athletically pleasing halo. It looks curvier, yet somehow more aggressive.
"As the aerodynamicists were evolving the vehicle, the graphics designer was taking where they were and trying to capture it at each stage", reveals Brawn. Concept 1 which is where we started, Concept 2, a little bit more extreme, our ideas have started to form more. "One of the things you'll see is the bigger wheels".
The second concept focused more on the aerodynamics by simplifying the various appendages - all part of the goal of making overtaking easier.
Brawn maintains that the tyres and wheels are still the dirtiest areas of the auto and can still cause huge disruption to the car's airflow.