The teams are going to have fun fitting a large enough tank without having to move the driver forward. Since this is a weight element that will decrease over the duration of the race, the tank will need to be at the balance point to minimize handling changes.6.1.2 All the fuel stored on board the car must be situated between the front face of the engine and the driver's
back when viewed in lateral projection. When establishing the front face of the engine, no parts of the fuel,
oil, water or electrical systems will be considered.
Furthermore, no fuel can be stored more than 300mm forward of the highest point at which the driver's
back makes contact with his seat. However, a maximum of 2 litres of fuel may be kept outside the survival
cell, but only that which is necessary for the normal running of the engine.
6.1.3 Fuel must not be stored more than 400mm from the longitudinal axis of the car.
Depends on the packaging of the particular design.dp35 wrote:Pullrod rear suspension?
I suspect we'll be seeing several F1 cars with it next year, if not all of them.
Lola F1 car development was featured in a book some years ago .The book was reallydeus1066 wrote:It would be great if one of the new teams published a step-by-step run down of their car from conception to track. I know USF1 have released a few little bits and Lotus have shown us their basic concept. Unfortunatly secrecy in F1 means this will never happen.
I'd imagine, the basic packaging of components e.g. engine/fuel tank and driver probably come first, especially if the engine is from a third party (Cosworth). Then, front wing/nose and DDD probably take priority as they can produce a lot of downforce and in the case of the front wing, have a large influence downstream, and the in the case of the DDD, require good integration and design upstream.
From there on I imagine its form following function and detailing.
I've been having a go at designing something in Google Sketchup and its pretty much DDD and nose/front wing which takes up the most time.
The bit the pisses me off the most about this is that BMW is already a team and people have jobs there. I was really suprised to hear Frank Williams was blocking the new BMW outfit, but then again I think he's losing it these days anyway.gibells wrote:By all accounts Campos are just holding on to the F1 team place (for potential sale to another party), which is wrong in my eyes- given the mess it could create with the BMW team.
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