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F1 2014 the Next Chapter or a Whole New Book?

11th December 2013 | Share:

With the announcement of the 2014 F1 rule changes and updates, controversy has ensued after double team and driver points for the final race in the 2014 calendar have been confirmed. This is in an effort to prevent a driving winner so early on in the season and maintain excitement to the bitter end.

Unsurprisingly other rules have been rejected including an increase to the minimum driver weight limit, this was an effort to decrease the detriment to taller drivers, although with all the added weight, it was not a popular change and was not accepted into the 2014 rules. A forced two pit minimum was also rejected by most of the teams even though it was a safety concern from previous tyre issues by Pererlli. Similarly rejected was a total team spending cap with the economic climate heavily affecting smaller teams in an effort to level the playing field which was refused, primarily by Red Bull.

The biggest change to F1 has been known for a while, a step away from the glorious v8 era to miniscule 1.6 v6 turbocharged engines. Although both turbo and v6 engines have been in F1 before with bhp of over 4 figures, these engines will have direct injection for the very first time with power figures somewhat similar to that of the current v8 engines. The significant torque increase is expected to put increased pressure on the Perelli tyres, who have asked for another testing session with the new equipment to make sure we do not see a repeat of Silverstone 2013. A lot of nerves surround these new engines, with a new era of engine reliability and a meagre 5 engines for the season this is truly under the magnifying glass. The question is, what happens when a team runs out of its allocation engines?

A fundamental part of this new engine is KERS, now known as ERS. The K was dropped as energy is regenerated from other methods not just Kinetically. These new systems will have two electric motors doubling the power from 60kw to an impressive 120kw, as well as a huge 33 seconds use over the previous 6.7s each lap. ERS will also no longer be engaged through a single button but mapped into the throttle and driving systems dynamically. The system puts a new focus on the driver’s consistency so it is engaged in a way that maintains performance and fuel efficiency. Fortunately this should cause some issues and interesting races especially for those who do not necessarily listen to their engineer…

Although there were already rules on blown exhausts in 2013, 2014 it will make them obsolete as there will be a single exit under the shallower rear wing where the centre vein has also been removed negating any effective use of exhaust gasses. The side pod vents have also been made significantly bigger to cope with the increased heat and running temperatures from the small turbo engine.

Unfortunately the front nose has received some changes with a high chance the 2014 cars will become somewhat of a Medusa with a multi-level unattractive nose. Adrian Newey has said, “the new red bull is ugly” this was in conversation surrounding the new front nose rules. Although necessary the desirable beauty of Formula 1 may be a thing of the past.

The general idea of many of the rules is to bring these expensive racing machines closer to on the road technology to help enhance economy and technology of the cars you and I can actually afford. The focus on economy has seen limits of 100kg of fuel per race with a max flow of 100kg per hour, this compares with 2013 using an average of 160-170kg of fuel each.

Overall these rules are expected to give a lap time of around 3.4 seconds slower than the 2013 cars. As with most new rules, especially with a brand new engine, these times are expected to reduce to around 2.4 seconds over the course of the race season.

At BHPplus we predict overheating, fuel issues and engine reliability to be core for next season. (K)ERS failure will no longer be ‘survivable’ and it is highly unlikely to have any comeback from such a failure, making stark comparison with this year and the likes of Red Bull.

We are looking forward to it all except for the sound and look of the new cars. What are your thoughts on next season?

Posted by: A. Sturney


One Response to “F1 2014 the Next Chapter or a Whole New Book?”

  1. Bob Archer says:

    I think all teams should run with Mercedes, Audi or BMW diesels and then BHPPLUS can supply Speedhawk boxes equally for all the teams. Just to note, I will be available throughout the season to fit them all for you.

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