I must admit, I'm a big fan of Sportscar racing... probably more so than F1... however, I would personally advocate going back towards something of a mix between a sportscar and a singleseater... So covered wheels like we have now, but open suspension and a narrower cockpit area... in the same philosophy as the Adrian Newey-Red Bull concept I posted on the 2015 thread....
The reason I suggest this is:
1, It keeps the competition fresh... but....
2, Its not too much of a change from what we have now
3, I think there are more people "into" F1 than sportscars, so we're more likely to get more competitors...
I was also thinking about the rules and trying to make them a little simpler... so I was thinking something along the lines of:-
A. You must use the supplied chassis, suspension, wheels, engine, exhaust and gearbox parts, unmodified and in the given position.
B. The Inlet, heat exchanger, and outlet templates must remain in the given longitudinal positions and orientations, but can be a different shape as long as their area remains as given.
C. The inlet, heat exchanger and outlet templates must not intersect any of the given parts.
D. The inlet and outlet templates must not be covered with bodywork when viewed from the front or rear respectively. The heat exchanger template must be completely enclosed by bodywork.
E.The engine intake template must not be moved or changed in shape and must be completely visible from the front.
F. Bodywork must not be visible outside of the bodywork legality box.
The legality box is designed to restrict the car shape to something resembling an f1 car, but otherwise the designer is fairly free to try lots of different solutions....
I also had another idea to try and increase participation... making a "Division B" championship in which the competitors must use the normal supplied parts listed above, but also including the following:-
Leaving only the following parts available for user design:
But within the "legaility boxes" for those parts they would be free to design whatever they wanted: i.e. no limits on number of elements.
This should enable a more casual user to take part without them having to face the daunting task of designing the whole car.....
The intention would be that a good Division A car should be faster than the Best Division B cars, but the competitors in Division B are fighting for their own championship title... ("Division B Champion")...