So take it from someone who has driven in Formula 1, and has massive experience with racing hybrid cars. Allan McNish is probably the most qualified person to be explaining how the cars will feel in Formula 1 for 2014.
Besides, it’s always good to get a Shakedown video where a former driver is the star. You learn so much about how they think. Watch and enjoy.
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.
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?
What? It’s here. Watch it.
I’m really digging John Pattison’s Toyota Starlet Glanza. The Glanza is is a car that I wish we could have had here in the States. Small, lightweight and turbocharged, the Glanza is basically a micro-fun-box.
Based in the UK, Pattison has modified his Starlet to be a fairly quick street car. John has a pretty good understanding of the Starlet, being the secretary of the UK Starlet Club, so you can tell, even at a glance that he’s made a well-rounded package. The modifications are fairly light, but with a focus in all of the right places to be potent. Currently, the car is running at 1bar of boost on the TD04 to reach the 235bhp on standard internals.
The car at present is away to have a stage 2 Forge Motor and should make 270-280 bhp @ 1.4bar. I hope that John sends us more photos when his car comes back, so that we can see the updates!
- Engine Mods: Race-Tech TD04 Kit Manifold,De Cat, Japspeed FMIC, Magnecore HT Leads, Japspeed Cat Back Exhaust, EManage Blue ECU, JD Tuning Engine Damper and OEM LSD Gear Box
- Interior Mods: Blitz SBC-ID boost controller
- Exterior Mods: 15 Inch Rims, Varis Carbon Bonnet, IDWorkz Varis Bumper
- Suspension Mods: KYB Shocks all round fitted with Tien 40mm Springs (Soon to be replaced with Miester R Coilovers) Front Brakes upgraded to Levin Twin Pot set Up, Yellow Stuff Pads, OEM Front and Rear Strut Brace’s Tegiwa Brake Stopper
Thanks for these photos, John!