Image galleries of the team’s and my own photos looking at the new season’s cars in depth
I’ve widened my tech analysis to less than four wheels, follow the link here
I have been addign my updates to Drivetribes, to get the technical side of Motorsport to a wider audience, follow the link for this and other updates from me
Much like the shift in road car steering, F1 steering is now power assisted, with the hydraulic power steering rack now has been standard for many years. Integrated as part of the cars high power hydraulic system, the rack is an essential part of the cars set up. Without it the current suspension geometry at the upright would be impossible to steer without power assistance. Like all F1 hydraulic solutions, the rack is a simple solution, made possible by finely engineered details.
Back in November I was invited to Sweden to see a unique project, where Nissan Sweden have sought to turn an entire car into a games controller with their leftfield ‘Project Controller’. They have connected a Nissan Qashqai to a Sony Playstation4 in order to play football games via the steering wheel and pedals. With their lab set up the game is easily played with steering to direct the players, the pedals to kick and the steering buttons for other functions. The key to the trick is how they have hacked into both the car and games console, without wrecking either of them.
Jaguar will join FIA FormulaE as both a team and manufacturer. With testing of its new powertrain starting in Spring 2016, it will start racing in season3 of the championship, with Williams Advanced Engineering as their technical and operational partner. (more pictures)
An odd bit of tech has been appearing in the pitlane this season. Although not new to F1, the past few races have had a FOM pitlane camera running on cables over the pitlane. This appears to be the same rig used at every race, which is good news for future races, with the great pitlane and pit straight images it gives us.
In the two second that is a good F1 pitstop, the hardware and detail gets missed behind the twenty or so mechanics working on the car.
Each GP, Pirelli technicians fit hundreds of tyres to wheels. The process they use is very similar to your road car tyres being fitted, only very much faster!
Teams deliver their wheels and tyre requests to Pirelli. The wheels are matched to the tyres ready for the fitters to start work.
I did this preview of what I think a Red Bull RB10 might look like in 2014. The article is in German, but the can easily translated online. the online article is available here and was available in print in Sport Bild (27th Nov) and Auto Bild Motorsport (29th Nov).