vis wrote:I heard from a respectful engineer, Mr. Coppini, that Ferrari weight distribution is 55% on the front, 45% on the rear. That's pretty weird for a racing car, that usually has the inverted proportion.
Ferrari was forced to do so after the introduction of the rule about raising the front wing, that greatly reduced front downforce, thus trying to give back the front wheels some of the lost grip.
I would like to ask the experts round here if such a front biased distribution is what they think is actually used in Ferrari F1 car, (and McLaren too ) or that engineer was simply wrong...
Carlos wrote:It sounds like my weight distribution, butt the back is 55%
RH1300S wrote:I do have another question to throw in for consideration.
Setting aside whether or not 55% front makes any sense.
What about the fuel?
As the car burns fuel, the CofG will move during a race unless the CofG of the fuel tank is right on the CofG of the car. It strikes me that the fuel is a pretty big lump of weight so they wouldn't want it to be miles away from the CofG.
A cursory look at photos of the F2007 suggests that the fuel tank is behind the centreline of the car. This would mean that as the tank empties, the CofG moves forward (if 55% front is true).
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