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  1. F1 2014 Performance

    So, initial estimates have been ramped up in recent days, with the cars now predicted to produce around 700hp from just the engine/turbos alone, plus the 161hp ERS boost, producing as much as 900hp during qualifying at full power, so more powerful than today's engines. Interestingly, it's said that the teams have already managed to produce much more downforce from the new chassis regulations than the FIA intended, and so it's thought that cornering speeds, at the start of the year, will be only slightly down on this year's. Infact, Renault themselves have stated in the last week that they expect the cars to be only around a second slower at the start of the year, but by the end of it they may well end up being faster. The engines will produce around 600nm of torque, almost twice as much as this year's and it's said that Pirelli are almost certainly going to insist on wider rear tyres as they are concerned the current tyres wouldn't cope, so better traction there too. The introduction of 8 gears will mean the ratios will all have to be made closer, similar to how you setup the car for Monaco, and as such will accelerate faster in general throughout the whole range, most likely being able to reach higher top speeds too, at tracks like Monza etc. So, the cars themselves will be heavier, but will carry 50kg less fuel in the race, and with less drag, 161 of the horsepower coming from the ERS and NOT the engine for 33 seconds a lap, every lap of the race, a smaller V6 Turbo, no more burning and wasting extra fuel for aerodynamic benefits every downshift/throttle application, it's unlikely that much, if any, more fuel saving than is ordinary today will actually take place, and with tyres that are much harder and conservative, this should lead to drivers being able to push much harder, for nigh-on the entire race. Interesting times - Dan http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/23493372 http://www.gptoday.c...s_to_be_faster/
  2. 2014 Lap Times

    Initial esitmates have been ramped up in recent days, they're now predicted to produce around 700hp from the engine/turbos, plus the 161hp ERS, producing up to 900hp during qualifying at full power, so more powerful than today's engines. Interestingly, the teams have apparently managed to produce much more downforce from the new chassis regulations than the FIA expected, and so cornering speeds are now predicted to be only slightly down on this year's. The engines will produce around 600nm of torque, almost twice as much as this year's and Pirelli are almost certainly going to insist on wider rear tyres as they are concerned the current tyres wouldn't cope, so better traction there too. The cars themselves will be heavier, but will carry 50kg less fuel in the race. Renault have also said in the last few days that they expect the cars to be around a second slower at the start of the year, but by the end of it they may actually end up being faster. Interesting times - Dan http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/23493372 http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/view/460402/Renault_chief_thinks_2014_cars_to_be_faster/
  3. So I keep hearing people worrying about the possible fuel saving in races next year and I've been thinking, will it really be as bad as people say? So they will have to use 50kg less fuel during the race, but think about this: 1. They will have less drag, at least initially, which will use less fuel. 2. For 33 seconds every lap, 161 of the horsepower developed by the car will be generated by the KERS (ERS) and NOT the engine, add that up over the length of the race and that's a significant amount of strain/focus taken off of the engine/fuel. 3. It's a smaller capacity V6 Turbo which was presumably picked because it would use less fuel too. 4. No longer will teams be able to exploit exhaust gases for aerodynamic effect, so no more wasting extra fuel burning it and throwing it through the diffuser on every downshift/throttle application. 5. Tracks like Monaco will be no problem as the drivers rarely reach full throttle as it is, allowing the drivers to push the entire race without worrying about the fuel. 6. The tyres will not wear out like in recent years anymore, they will need to be much harder, much more conservative, so if there is any point in the race where a driver does need to turn the power down for a while (As they tend to do anyway), it would simply be the equivilent of a tyre degrading this year, it will be taken into account for the strategy, and even then, I imagine most fuel saving would be done after a driver has come out of the pits, while sitting in clear air, with no other drivers near enough to challenge them as the field briefly spreads out, so we won't see a train of cars one behind the other not pushing for the overtake. In the 80's, cars ran out of fuel all the time, they must've done some level of fuel saving back then too. Taking all this into account, I don't believe that there will be all that much fuel saving needed, certainly not as much as people are making out and certainly not in such a noticeable way that it reduces the spectacle on-track, the drivers will be able to push a lot harder than this year and may simply have to implement some of the lift-and-coast style techniques that they learned this year too, what do you think? - Dan
  4. 2014 Car Designs?

    I just took the 2012 car and edited it in Photoshop that's all, it's just a guess based on the regulations I've read, a lot of which I couldn't show here. Narrower front wings, no rear beam wing, single exit exhaust, lower noses and bulkhead, possible front roll bars and the missing airbox as past F1 turbo f1 cars have had no airboxes, last one's just imagining though as they almost certainly will have them next year >.< I just mocked it up basically, interesting to see if it's even vaguely close to the actual thing!
  5. 2014 Car Designs?

    As a lot of people are, I'm curious as to how the 2014 cars will look and sound, so I thought I'd make a little mock up of how I think the Mclaren may look that year, taking into account the low noses, lowered bulkhead, the possible front rollbar, slightly further forward sidepods and the thought that turbo F1 cars in past years have tended not to have the airbox on top, which may be an option for teams in 2014. From this angle you can't see the other features such as narrower front wings or missing rear Beam Wing, but according to the regulations I imagine the Mclaren might look like this: Now I'm not fully versed in F1 technology or anything, so I have no idea if it'd look anything like this, but I kinda hope it does to be honest because I think it looks rather good actually! http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/20640255 (This article explains the changes and such) As for how they might sound, judging by the type of engine, size and power, it could sound pretty similar to this: If anyone else feels like making their own interesting mock-ups then feel free to post them here!