kris wrote:Probably over the top query, but do we really need a safety car?
As I understand (with my seriously limited knowledge) the safety car's function is to keep the cars to a fixed speed, and for cars to maintain their position around the track keeping in view the dangers on the track up ahead.
Can't the same function be achieved with having speed limiters in the cars themselves? We have pit lane speed limiter, so why not have something like safety period speed limiter. Which can be enabled based on race controls directions and once enabled all cars could stack up behind the lead car and then follow in fixed speed around the track?
manchild wrote:Giblet wrote:Lambo Countach 5000qv
quarter mile 13
Mercedes SLS 2012
quarter mile 11.4
Mercedes C63 AMG Estate F1
quarter mile 15.3
I don't see the issue. The SLS would smoke this car in every way.
I wasn't thinking of performance, although Lambo was SC 30 years ago. Now, if 1 or 2 seconds advantage is something which modern Mercedes SC can laugh for at old Lambo, than it is really pathetic. What has F1 achieved since than (performance-wise) if modern SC with all possible electronics, ECU, carbon fiber etc. has just slightly better performance than car designed in early 70s, still having carburetors in 1983.
When we compare computers from that time for instance, than an obvious stagnation in F1 is visible. It started with ban of aero development in 1983, than continued with ban of suspension and brakes development in 1994, followed by gradual uniforming of tyres and engines.
Yes, yes, I know, contemporary F1 car is faster than F1 car from those 2 or 3 decades ago, but relative to elapsed time, F1 has hardly made a step forward, compared with consumer electronics, communications etc.
Back in those days, up to mid-90s, F1 was attracting people since it represented one of the areas of highest human achievements where we had technology, chemistry, physics, design, mechanics, electronics etc. all combined in one. It was just like space program. That was mind-blowing. For almost two decades now, it is mind-boring, and people loose interest in it.
banibhusan wrote:How about using NOS in the safety cars for straight line speed boost??
And if its dry weather, give them slick tyres too.
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