Ted68 wrote:noname wrote:Pandamasque wrote:That's the problem. F1 either goes road-relevant-ish so that massive spending w/o wins could be justified, or F1 goes spec. where massive spending is not necessary.... or F1 becomes a small and far less glamorous series where the garagistes have more engineering freedom than money to exploit it.
or F1 will show it does not have to be so expensive.
Burt Rutan and Co. needed just 25 million $ to sent "SpaceShipOne" into the space, if it was corporation the cost would be probably at least 10 times bigger.
But Scaled Composites is a big corporation with funding from Virgin and Apple principals for the Space Ship One program.
The difference is Burt is capable of doing more with less because he hires smart people and gets out of their way. There is an almost complete lack of ego there. F1 rarely does the same because ego seems to saturate all.
The only real recent example in F1 would be Super Aguri-Brawn. Mark Preston had a scrappy bunch of engineers with a no-holds-barred attitude to put the team as far from the back as they could--even beating their step-parent Honda with their own year-old car. But being given free reign, SA engineers developed the DDD to jump through a hole in the '09 regs which Brawn, being broke, took advantage of. Neither Brawn nor SA combined spent as much as the front runners but put up hellacious effort that took the champonship.
So it's corporate attitude that makes the difference. Would those same SA engineers developed as much at Williams, Toyota, Honda or McLaren? Probably not.
BTW, here's Space Ship Two
The Brawn was on the most expensive cars! They didn't spend much to actually run the team in 2009 but I heard that Honda pumped in hundreds of millions to make that BGP001.