A little history first:
Change is everything and technology wins the day, ever since the nineteen thirties the change off of aviation to car innovation has been a sweet combination to today’s F1 racing. I mean the car’s cockpit is as of a plane and the aerodynamics are just the reverse of flying pushing down on the car where literally could drive up side down over coming its own weight. All the innovations throughout the years like the Lotus 78 above with its upside down wing shape design under the car and rubber skirts only hide the physics going on behind them, reducing pressure of the outside air. As the car raced forward stationary air was forced under the car and accelerated by the wind shear, as the air sped up the air pressure dropped sticking the car to the road. No buddy was catching Lotus at the time, they devised a way to get 3x the down force without creating more drag which gave them the checker flag. To this day many still love the style and look of this Lotus 78.
In 1993 the FW 15 was the most technological advanced race car ever developed. Underneath it’s carbon-fiber skin laid a treasure drove of computer controlled hydraulic hardware, traction control, electronic engine management, computer controlled semi automatic gearbox and active suspension. The car was so fast that without all the advancements the car was undriveable, the torque of the g-forces were compromised in breaking into a turn where the front-end dips down it was raised and rear-end goes up it was pushed down. On acceleration out of the turn where the front-end raises it’s pushed down and the rear-end lowers it’s pushed up just about eliminating the need of driver skill. With all the electronic controlled goodies and the imminence software package the car was impossible to police and subsequently band at the end of the 1993 season, the car was becoming more than any track can handle it was literally flying!
After the FW15 came the FW24 with the V-10 which I miss personally, just love the sound of that engine and the race car becomes more like an aircraft than a car, which we see today. The V-10 is replaced with the V-8 and today were running a 1.6 liter V-6 turbo (the 1.5 was in the BMW in the 80s) and that an’t all, introducing the Ferrari F14-T. ( I left out a lot of history here if your interested)
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Inside the 2014 Renault F1 engine
Craig Scarborough, one of the world’s leading F1 technical experts, talks us through a stunning combination of videos just released by Renault Sport. The cutaway depict the overall layout of the new 2014 V6 turbo engine and detail the high-tech ERS-K and ERS-H systems plus the turbo routing.
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Tests Sights and Sounds
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Race season kicks-off
F1 has had its first race of the season down under at Melbourne and Team McLaren-Mercedes took the win, but checkout this great photo of the ass on this Ferrari, they placed third.