Jersey Tom wrote:Pandamasque wrote:I agree that the length of over 5m is too much.
And we're basing this on what? What logic?
Bear in mind, F1 cars have to sustain 5G's of forward load transfer under the brakes. Long wheelbases help distribute that. Short wheelbase = off throttle and trailbrake oversteer, and generally poorer braking performance.
(a) Isn't a track car.
(b) Doesn't have anywhere near the braking capacity.
They were fully capable of handling the 5G's of load transfer under braking before the ban on refueling when the cars were quite a bit shorter but still somewhat longish. The main reason why the cars are so long are twofold, 1 for aero reasons and 2 because of the refueling ban.
Yes the cars are too long... but they were too long(and too wide) back in the eighties when refueling was also not allowed... and that was with 1.5L 4 cylinder engines...just look...
Gotta love that megatron engine
Another thing that makes the cars extra long is the laid back almost lugelike posture the designers have placed the drivers in because of the advantages of the raised nose and the regulation that stipulates that the drivers feet must be behind the front wheel centerline.
hopefully the cars will get shorter(and thus more proportioned) when the new smaller turbo engine formula comes in... those engines will require less fuel, smaller gearboxes, and by the DDD's will be gone