If you’ve ever wondered what a Formula 1 car will look like in 10 years or so, well, here’s a hypothetical take on things, courtesy of the folks at F1 Racing magazine.

The mag teamed up with Renault F1 chief designer Pat Symonds and came up with an artistic take on what a F1 car of 2020 will look like and how it will perform, in an article in Issue 179. According to Symonds, low-profile tyres on bigger wheels, the return of ground effects aerodynamics, Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) that produce 250 hp and a standard, non-downforce rear wing will all be standard components.

“Taking into consideration all the variant motivators that drive regulations, I expect that the F1 car of 2020 will demonstrate much more change than has been seen over the past 10 years,” Symonds said, adding that “the illustrations we’ve produced are certainly an artistic impression, but they capture the essential characteristics of a car that will be contesting the Formula 1 World Championship in 2020.”

“A few simple assumptions can determine the basic architecture of the car,” he explained. “By the time we add a few changes, such as larger wheels and low-profile tyres, we start to get a fairly clear picture of what the car might look like.” The results take into account the likelihood of future rules on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but assume that F1 will remain an open-wheel, open-cockpit formula.

F1 teams have already been instructed to reduce their fuel consumption by 35% in future generations of racing cars, while a more environmentally-friendly 1.6 litre turbo engine will be introduced for the 2013 season.