DiogoBrand wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:52 pm
I think it's a good decision. F1 gearbox designs don't translate to road cars, they are relatively not very interesting...
Some of the seamless shift mechanisms are quite elegant.
factory_p wrote: ↑
Fri May 17, 2019 2:47 pm
jjn9128 wrote: ↑
Fri May 17, 2019 10:21 am
It's not a power struggle. It's coming out of F1 strategy group meetings which is the teams, FOM and the FIA. All parties are in agreement to standardize non-performance differentiating parts.
Or it's a political move from the FIA to pressurize teams on some other topics. Like "see guys? We are ready to proceed with it. We have a manufacturer and all. So either you agree to ban this or that technology to reduce cost, or we impose a standard gearbox"
Banning tech doesn't affect a team's expenditures. What is saved in manufacturing cost finds its way to R&D. Look at the current engine formula. Yes, far fewer engines are used per year, but their development cost is likely comparable to the price of buying forty or so NA V10s per year.
Another example is bodywork. Simplifying it via regulations has no effect on an R&D budget which intends to make a fast car.