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georgesteve posted a topic in The CafeBest fuel economy involves not having fun with the vehicle accelerating in a way as to not go much farther than 2000 RPM and not exceeding a speed of around 55.6 mph with your A/C off. In my opinion, life is too short to get perfect fuel economy.
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