In 2014, Formula 1 is going through one of the largest technical regulation changes in the series. We all know about the change from the 2.4 V8 engine to the 1.6 Liter V6 turbo “power unit”. (Click here to hear the Mercedes V6 turbo on the dyno.)
However, there are other aerodynamic and physical changes to the car that people may not know about, just simply described.
Well, that’s it. Starting in 2014, Formula 1 is moving to a 1.6 liter V6 turbo engine formula. No more V8 engines. Last weekend, at the Brazilian Grand Prix was the last time that the current 2.4 naturally aspirated V8 was run in anger.
Caterham F1 got the final Renault RS27 that came off the assembly line. So after the race, what did they do with it? Rev the crap out of it until it dies.
Well played, green team. Well played.
(Note, you might want to keep your speakers down for this one)
It’s true, we do. Everyone like seeing cool aerodynamic effects.
Click on the image, if the .gif doesn’t work for you. (No idea why it’s not working in the preview window.) That’s all. Enjoy.
Followers of |StartingGrid| know that I’m a huge Formula 1 fan. This isn’t something that you see everyday, where a Caterham overtakes a Ferrari in a Grand Prix.
Watch how Vitaly Petrov is able to keep pace with Felipe Massa, and make a pass in the DRS zone for 15th place during the 2012 European GP. (Massa’s teammate Alonso is leading the race at this point.) Continue reading
Ever wonder how to start a 90′s Formula 1 car?
Yeah, me too. It’s not easy.
Check it out and tell me your thoughts in the comments.
Take a look at this short video from Mercedes GP, where they give an overview on the survival cell technology of Formula 1 cars.
Just on a side note, I like how they filmed most of this in a tiny garage. I think it gives people more of a ‘race car’ feel to the video. You almost forget that they are working on a multi-million dollar race prototype formula car. Do you think so?
What I found today, is that someone overlapped the audio from a lap of Monza in 2011, so we could get a feel for what we might be hearing next year. (headshake).
Check out this interview by David Coulthard, driver at Mclaren and Williams Formula 1 teams. Winner of 13 Grand Prix, Coulthard is now a pundit for the BBC, broadcasting the races. David’s interview just give a brief summary of his career in Formula 1.
I wish I had something more clever to say about it, but as a Formula 1 nerd, it’s just always interesting to hear from someone in the sport.
Followers of the blog know that I’m a car-control nerd. Anything that I can share about driving technique, I’m into. I’m also into single-seater racing, so when I find a video that merges two of my favorite things, I have to post it!
Now this video does have spoilers of the podium results of the Belgium GP, so if you haven’t watched Spa then you might not want to watch this video yet. However, it’s so hilarious that you might just want to anyway.
Known as one of the development areas for great Formula 1 talent, Sauber is one of my favorite Formula 1 teams.
As much as people talk about Toro Rosso being a strong (potential) development area for Red Bull Racing, very few people talk about Sauber and their involvement in fostering great F1 talent. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, Renault released an audio clip of their 2014 V6 engine. Many of the people who I talked to said, that they weren’t a fan of the ‘tinny’ nature of the V6 engine note. That being said, seeing that these clips are being recorded in an engine lap, it’s hard to get a true sense of what they will sound like in the open.
Now Mercedes has released a clip of their ‘Power Unit’, running a simulated lap of the Monza Circuit while on the dyno. Running Monza is largely at full throttle, so this video gives a good sense of the audio of the engine and general idea of pick up.
What do you think about it? Are you looking forward to the new V6 Turbos? What has been your favorite engine format in Formula 1?
Due to the sensitive and hostile environment of a Formula 1 car, crucial system checks must be done each time the car takes to the racetrack. This is typically done over the car’s first lap, during what’s known as the ‘installation lap’.
People always wonder what it must be like to drive a Formula One car. I’ve had some time over the weekend, just catching up on some recent F1 footage and I found some in-car videos that might help with the perspective in the cockpit.
Take a look on this video before FOM needlessly takes it down…
Since the 2014 Formula 1 engine regulations have come out, people have been voicing complaints that the sound of the engine noises will not be as good as the current 2.4 liter V8s that we are used to.
That might be the case, but it’s still Formula 1, so it still will sound cool. RenaultSport has released a sound clip of what their engine will sound like.
Since his return to the sport in 2013, Adrian Sutil has become one of my silent favorites. His driving has matured since his unintended year away from the sport, so he’s a lot more fun to watch. Take a look of this video as he gives a tour of his Force India.
Check out this video, which compares the differences between Lewis Hamilton’s steering wheel and his teammate Nico Rosberg.
It’s super interesting to learn how many small differences are created for the driver, just due to preference. Especially once you see how many controls are on an F1 steering wheel! (link)
We do have some new stickers, so I will show you those. ;)
So as you guys have probably seen, we haven’t been super active on the blog in the last few days. That’s because we’re been SUPER active in the real world, trying to get some big events lined up for the summer.
Normally, I wouldn’t want to post a 45 minute video of just a guy talking.
However when the person is Gary Hartstein, the former FIA Medical Delegate for the Formula One World Championship, it’s worth taking the time to listen. He’s got an interesting backstory.
I’m going to be honest. It’s a long one, so I’m not expecting people to get to commenting on it right away. However, I’d love to get people’s opinions on how safety in motorsports has changed over the last thirty years. The sport has seriously changed for the better thanks to people like Gary.
Any F1 fans know Caterham F1 is having a hell of a time with the development of it’s CT03. From what I’ve read, because of the upcoming regulation changes in 2014, the plan has been to develop a “hybrid” car, which integrates some of next year’s design methodology into this year’s car. The end result is that…well, it’s slow.