Looking into F1's future chassis
Formula 1 cars are set for a massive change under the 2013 rules package. Dieter Rencken looks at what is to come from the next generation of chassis regulations
A Formula 1 car is the sum of more than 6,000 parts, each designed to function better in every respect than its superseded counterpart; each, crucially, required to outperform the opposition's equivalent. This process requires voracious amounts of money and inordinate time; yet, in modern-day F1 time and money are – more than ever before - of the essence.
Grand prix cars consist of six basic component groups: powertrain, chassis, drivetrain dynamics (suspension/brakes), electronics/hydraulics, aerodynamics and tyres. Each of those groups faces a total revamp under the 2013 regulations, whose stated aim is to increase the spectacle via a 30 per cent more eco-friendly Formula 1 while providing a greater level of road car/consumer relevance.
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