The launch of Virgin’s 2010 car ended in disappointment on Wednesday, when the live online video stream failed to materialise.
Technical problems meant the online event was watched by a global audience of zero, with the first photos of the striking red and black car appearing only hours later.
“Calm down people. I’ll ask if I can put a picture on Twitter,” said Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi.
The VR-01 has now been taken to Silverstone for a two-day shakedown beginning on Thursday.
It will then join the official group test action at Jerez next week.