roon wrote: ↑
Sun May 05, 2019 6:51 pm
Concept has aged well. Too bad they didn't pursue it. Would've been a successful publicity stunt.
As far as publicity goes it had some fairly successful outings in IMSA didn't it? In the open and coupe configurations. It was doing okay at Le Mans in 2012 - toward the tail end of the P2s - before being punted into a wall by a Toyota.
I must admit when I first saw it I thought it was kinda ugly, but it's grown on me. I prefer the P1 version to the original single seater though.
roon wrote: ↑
Sun May 05, 2019 4:00 am
Just a thought. Drastically reduce car weight. Downforce can then be reduced while maintaining cornering forces. Reduced aero device loading will permit higher aspect ratio wings and reduced loading upon aero devices generally. Wake will be reduced in size and energy--cars will be able to follow more closely. Vehicle pace in general could be maintained.
As far as 2021 goes this ain't gonna happen, if anything the cars will probably get heavier. I fully agree though. They could easily set a target lap-time/corner speeds in lap simulations and fiddle with the car parameters to make it work. F1 cars should be closer to 500kg, not 800kg, but the power-to-weight doesn't need to exceed the current 1200-1300bhp/tonne.
Some basic numbers are 0.03s/kg, 0.03s/downforce point, 0.06s/drag point, 0.02s/bhp, 0.01s/mm COG height. Very roughly from that if you halved downforce (current cars have between 360 and 400 points of downforce*) then the cars need to shed 180-200kg for an equivalent lap-time. That's not changing drag or power though, so cornering speeds would likely be slower.
*estimated, depends on a number of factors