Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Somewhere over the rainbow

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Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/somewhere-over-the-rainbow/

Kurt Adolff Fred Agabashian

2013\14 Technical Regulation Changes


Having been discussed amongst the Technical working group for some time, the 2013 Technical regulations have now been published, with a just couple of small updates. The first being the option to fit a simple panel over the stepped nose for aesthetic reasons, the second being the banning of DRS having a secondary effect, as with the Mercedes Double DRS system.
These will not be changes that will unduly effect the development of the2013 cars, which are already well underway, but the former change will make the cars look a little different.

Stepped noses

“3.7.9 an optional, single piece, non-structural fairing of prescribed laminate
(whose precise lay-up may be found in the Appendix to the regulations)  may not be more than 625mm above the reference plane at any point”

Teams will now be able to hide the step in the nose with a simple sacrificial panel.  The allowance to run this ‘modesty’ panel over the stepped nose was initially discussed in 2011, when the aesthetic impact of the proposed rule became apparent.

It was safety that drove the regulations to alter the nose for 2012, already long standing regulations created a cockpit side that was a minimum of 550mm high, but the rules allowed the nose tip to be as high as 625mm. Obviously the effect of a nose tip passing over the cockpit side and into the driver in the event of T-bone accident doesn’t bear thinking about. So in advance of further reaching nose height regulations for 2014, this interim step was suggested. For 2012 cars had to have the top of the nose cone under 550mm, however the rest of the footwell of the monocoque could still be as high as 625.

With the pre-2012 nose, the high nose tip could pass over the low cockpit side (yellow) in a T-Bone crash

As the majority of the nose had to be as low as 550mm, this meant that even with a lot of deformation in crash, any remaining part of the nose cone would never rise above 550mm.

The lower 2012 made T-Bone crashes safer by the nose top being lower than the cockpit side

Teams found having the nose and the chassis as high as possible provides an aerodynamic advantage, as this provides more airflow around the lower half of the car. The obvious result was teams pushed the upper surface of the nose and monocoque as high as possible, to get the maximum airflow under the car. This resulted in the near flat topped nose at 550mm and a flat topped monocoque behind it at 625mm. Everyone was aghast at when the first car was unveiled for 2012 with the resulting step was formed between nose and chassis.
While some teams found an aerodynamic solution to the airflow disruption the step causes, most teams managed with an inefficient design of a simple if brutal step. A few teams and most notably McLaren, opted for a lower chassis which eased the need for the step at the loss of some aerodynamic potential.

A small ‘modesty’ fairing can now be added above the existing stepped nose

Now for 2013 teams will be allowed to streamline the step, with a thin aerodynamic fairing that can be no higher than the tub at 625mm. This is a sacrificial part it forms no part of the impact structure, it’s simply there to make the stepped nose look better and with it perhaps bring a small aero benefit.

As with the 2012 stepped nose, the 2013 nose will be lower than the cockpit side, the fairing will break up easily in an accident

As the fairing must be made of a prescribed laminate construction, it cannot be a structural part and is designed to be safe in the event of an accident. So In the event of a crash the fairing will simply break up or break away, in the T-bone scenario the fairing will not cause harm to the driver.
It’s been suggested that the FIA could have mandated a low nose tip and then a linear taper of the structure back to the front bulkhead. This would have looked similar to the step nose and fairing, but would have been less safe in a side impact. As the nose crumples it would eventually be higher than the cockpit side.
While you can never say “never” when it comes to the designers exploiting a rule, this fairing will be subject to the existing rules for the nose cone. So the fairing must be enclosed and sit atop the nose cone no higher than 625mm. Teams cannot form holes through it aside from the driver cooling hole, which was exploited on the Red Bull’s stepped nose this year, so the wide nose slot is likely to disappear on the RB9. Sauber’s alternative solution to duct airflow to tidy the flow off the stepped section is also likely to disappear, although this design does have other benefits in reducing the boundary layer build up under the nose cone.
Teams do not have to run the fairing, some teams might be happy to simply keep their existing stepped nose design for 2013.
The new rule maintains the safety aims of the original 2012 nose, but offsets the negative image it has presented to the cameras.

2014 noses

As there’s been such huge interest in the 2013 nose, its worth noting the regulations for 2014 have been published by the FIA for some time.  As part of the safety programme  the FIA will introduce much lower noses.  The nose tip must be centered around 185mm and the front bulkhead lowered to 500mm. Also front wings will be narrower, top rear wings will be shallower and there’ll be no beam wing.
Here’s a quick representation.

 

DRS secondary effects

Ducts activated by DRS, such as Mercedes DDRS will be banned in 2013

“3.18.1 DRS cannot be used to change the geometry of any duct, either directly or indirectly, other than the change to the distance between adjacent sections permitted by Article 3.10.2.”

Even before the 2012 season started the Mercedes Double DRS was already causing ripples amongst the technical staff at the teams. As explained on this blog previously the Mercedes DDRS uses the movement of the DRS rear wing flap to open a duct for a se3ocnady effect. In Mercedes case this effect is to blow through a duct and stall the front wing when DRS is open. Just as with the F-duct in 2010, there was no rule to prevent this. The FIA eventually describing the system as a drag reduction system, which was in line with the aims of the DRS rules. However the system has now been outlawed by a simple addition to the rules. Now the DRS acting on the rear wing flap cannot affect airflow into duct or device for a secondary effect. This clearly bans the Mercedes system, but does not go as far as to ban the passive Lotus Drag Reduction Device (DRD), which Mercedes have now tested themse3ivles. Unless a clarification is issues ahead of the 2013 season we can expect every top team to develop a passive DRD. Somewhat offsetting the rule change made against the Mercedes DDRS system.

 

 

F-Duct front wings

Air cannot be ducted through the neutral centre section of the front wing, effectively banning nose-hole fed stalling front wings, as tested by Mercedes in 2011

We saw last year that Mercedes also created a passive stalling front wing; this was in preparation for their 2012 DDRS.  With the new DRS rules preventing part of the 2012 DDRS effect, teams could still exploit a stalling front wing.  So the 2013 rules now prevent the ducting of airflow through the centre section of front wing.

This section may not contain any closed channel the effect of which is to duct air directly or indirectly to or from the external air stream for any purpose other than data acquisition.

This means that the nose hole ducting tested in 2011 cannot be used to stall the front wing.  However, the front wing can still be stalled by other means, most likely slots above the wing feeding airflow through to the stalling slot under the wing.

 

Floor flatness tolerance

Ever since 1983 when flat floors were mandated, there has been a tolerance to allow for manufacturing problems.  This tolerance was tightened from 5mm to 3mm for 2012. But earlier this year teams were rumoured to be using this tolerance to tilt the splitter upwards.  Exploiting this tolerance for the Splitter means the car can run lower at the front by 3mm, gaining crucial front wing efficiency.  A technical directive was sent out about the practice and now that has made it into the rule book.

3.12.6 To help overcome any possible manufacturing problems, and not to permit any design which may contravene any part of these regulations, dimensional tolerances are permitted on bodywork situated between a point lying 330mm behind the front wheel centre line and the rear wheel centre line. A vertical tolerance of +/- 3mm is permissible across the surfaces lying on the reference and step planes and a horizontal tolerance of 3mm is permitted when assessing whether a surface is visible from beneath the car.

So now teams cannot purposely curve the flat floor for aerodynamic advantage.

Source: http://scarbsf1.com/blog1/2012/10/01/2013-technical-regulation-changes/

Michael Bartels Edgar Barth

North American Car Of The Year And Truck of the Year winners announced

The North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards have been presented at the Detroit Auto Show. See the winners inside

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/NIy8q3ZsF0w/north-american-car-of-the-year-and-truck-of-the-year-winners

Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nissan cuts Leaf price by 18 percent to 28,800 USD

Nissan has announced a significant 6,400 USD price cut for the 2013 Leaf. Built in the United States.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/gJmyxXRWCz8/nissan-cuts-leaf-price-by-18-percent-to-28800-usd

Luciano Burti Roberto Bussinello

Caterham leave Petrov 'waiting'

It proved to be yet another point-less campaign for the backmarker outfit, however, Petrov at least ensured they finished tenth in the standings when he brought his CT01 home in 11th place.

Source: http://www.topix.com/formula1/2013/01/caterham-leave-petrov-waiting?fromrss=1

Gerhard Berger Eric Bernard

HHonors Race Reporter: Perfect Host – The Conrad Centennial Singapore

Singapore, approximately 9000 miles away from the UK where many of the drivers, teams and mechanics started their journey only a few days earlier.  Being the only night race on the calendar, Singapore certainly throws almost everything into a whole new perspective when it comes to staying on European time. Everything is turned almost upside down as breakfast is served at lunchtime, dinner happens at 3am and lunch? I’m not even sure when lunch happens, at dinner time? Either way, things here are a world apart from other races and it is vital that not only the drivers, but the whole team can adapt to the race schedule and remain on top form.

Today I met one such man who aims to do just this.  Heinrich Grafe is the General Manager of the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel (part of Hilton Worldwide), set in the heart of the Marina Bay street circuit. Heinrich has spent the last 14 years managing the hotel and his passion for Formula One shines through when you ask him what he thought when he found out 5 years ago that Singapore would be hosting the sport.

“It’s fantastic. Singapore needed something and this is it. What a fantastic sport, right here in the heart of Marina Bay!”

The Conrad Centennial Singapore is the hotel of choice for the entire Vodafone Mercedes McLaren Formula One Team, from Ron Dennis to Lewis and Jenson to the mechanics to the hospitality managers. That’s a lot of people. And a lot of people to keep on European time whilst also ensuring that anyone else staying in the hotel who isn’t part of the F1 crowd enjoys their stay in Singaporean time.  With 507 rooms and each one occupied this is no walk in the park.

When asked if other teams stay in the hotel, Heinrich says “You can only dance at one wedding. In order to do a fantastic job and give the ultimate support, we cater for one team. This doesn’t mean we don’t find other team drivers, bosses and mechanics having catch ups or meetings in our 24 hour restaurant at 4am! Everyone is welcome to use our facilities here and as we are the only hotel in the bay to ‘stay open’ 24 hours a day, many do.  We know it is vital that the teams stay on European time so we manage the race weekend in a shift pattern, ensuring that chefs and catering staff are working around the clock to provide food and refreshments whenever it is required.  With a driver tending to get up at 2pm, we need to make sure that breakfast is still available and with them coming back to the hotel at anything up to 5 or 6am, that good cooked food is on hand.”

One thing I’m still getting used to is saying “good morning” at three in the afternoon.  This must be even more confusing for Heinrich who I have witnessed spends most of his time in the lobby greeting guests.  Does the man ever sleep?

“Yes, I sleep Wednesday to Thursday”, laughs Heinrich. “The weekend I am too busy with ensuring the hotel is running smoothly for all guests, all time zones and as a fan of the sport myself, getting caught up in the magic of the race weekend. There is a time and place for sitting at computers. When asked where my office is, I say ‘here, this is my office, the front of the hotel, seeing my guests’, visibility is key in ensuring guests feel welcome and can feedback to me personally, I take it very seriously.”

 

Joining Heinrich in the lobby currently is a covered limited Singapore edition McLaren MP4-12C, of which there are only 3 produced and that will be unveiled later this evening to guests and other interested locals in Marina Bay.

“Did you see us trying to get that in yesterday? We had to take the mirrors off and in the end, the doors of the hotel off!  We like to get involved in the sport, the hotel is a hive of activity, excitement and anticipation for the motorsport weekend and we try to join in as much as we can.”

Heinrich mentions the Hilton HHonors loyalty programme, the reason I am out here in Singapore and how many people have got to Marina Bay this weekend through its points scheme.

“Fifty percent of our guests at any time are members and we are often happy to upgrade them here.  With fantastic initiatives like the Double Dip, some people have actually got to Singapore this race weekend using their points with airline companies, it’s fantastic.  That and being able to stay for free with the reward points too, all you need to buy is your race ticket!”

There are many hotels dotted around the marina but when asked about competition, Heinrich has a wonderful response.

“Our biggest competition, is not the hotels around us that you see, our biggest competition, is your home. If we can’t make you feel at home here then we’ve failed. Many of the McLaren team staff spend days, weeks and often months away from home, the least we can do is try to match it.  The hotel itself is the hardware, what we provide here is the software. We want you to feel as comfortable as you would in your own castle.”

What wonderful insight from a man that works so hard to keep McLaren on race-ready time. I leave Heinrich in the hotel lobby which at this point is a sea of McLaren shirts and before I know it he’s shaking hands with a new guest.

 

Source: http://scarbsf1.com/blog1/2012/09/23/hhonors-race-reporter-the-perfect-host-the-conrad-centennial-singapore/

Peter Arundell Alberto Ascari

USGP Finish

USGP 2012

Hamilton overtakes Vettel for the lead at the 2012 United States GP.

Closing laps of the inaugural USGP at Austin, Texas. A fabulous performance by Lewis Hamilton in his penultimate GP for McLaren.

2012 United States Formula 1 Grand Prix Finish – Lewis Hamilton Wins (Interviews Included) | YouTube.

 

Source: http://f1-grandprix.com/?p=34279

Michele Alboreto Jean Alesi

Corvette Stingray


After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.

As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.

Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.” However, calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.

Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.

Corvette Stingray originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 January 2013 12:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/chevrolet/2014-corvette-stingray-ar143810.html

Henry Banks Fabrizio Barbazza

The future of Formula One sounds sweet to Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz star is seen on the Mercedes-Benz production site in Sindelfingen, Germany in this file photo.

Source: http://www.topix.com/formula1/2013/01/the-future-of-formula-one-sounds-sweet-to-mercedes?fromrss=1

Peter Broeker Tony Brooks

Max Chilton to make F1 debut with Marussia in 2013

Marussia complete their lineup for the coming season, with new driver Max Chilton.

Credit: Marussia F1 Team

Episode information

The Marussia F1 Team have announced Max Chilton as their second driver for the 2013 season, the rookie racer joining the more experienced Timo Glock for the coming year. The British driver was given the reserve driver role for the team in the latter half of 2012, coming on board for the Japanese Grand Prix onwards. He participated in one Free Practice session during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, and clearly impressed enough to get the race seat.

Talking of the opportunity, Max said: “It comes at the end of what has been a fantastic year for me, and those steps - my GP2 pole positions and wins, my performances in the F1 Young Driver Test and in FP1 at Abu Dhabi - have given everyone the confidence in my ability to compete at the highest level of motorsport.”

And Team Principal John Booth added: “Max very quickly embedded himself within the team, thanks in no small part to the fact that he is a lively and affable character who we’ve enjoyed having around.”

This is an original article published by F1Minute.com

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Alberto Ascari Peter Ashdown

Trade Exhibit Screen Rentals Spotlight Your Enterprise

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Then I designed some searches on Google for the area providers, with the search phrases "Beijing car rental", however most of the success returned are Western providers who do not operate in China at all.

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No new sponsors for Petrov admits manager

No new sponsors for Petrov admits manager

Following recent reports that Vitaly Petrov was the favourite to secure the second Caterham race seat, his manager now sounds far from optimistic. German reports had suggested that the Russian had found new sponsors and was on the cusp of sealing the deal to secure his place at the team for 2013. “So far, we [...]

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Jose Dolhem Martin Donnelly

2014 Chevrolet Corvette leaked

We're less than 72 hours away from the official unveiling of the 2014 Corvette, but highly-anticipated sports car has been revealed thanks to Automobile Magazine.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/BHXdOZ9peo8/2014-chevrolet-corvette-leaked

Luiz Bueno Ian Burgess

Six Drivers

With 12 World Championships among them, this line-up of F1 pilots will almost surely never be repeated.  From Interlagos 2012. (Massa, Hamilton, Vettel, M. Schumacher, Alonso, B. Senna.)

Six Drivers—Brazil 2012

 

Source: http://f1-grandprix.com/?p=34273

Jimmy Daywalt JeanDenis Deletraz

Guido Forti 1940 – 2013

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Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/guido-forti-1940-2013/

Edgar Barth Giorgio Bassi

Somewhere over the rainbow

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Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/somewhere-over-the-rainbow/

Alain de Changy Colin Chapman

Mark Gillan leaves Williams

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan has left the team. Gillan, along with Mike Coughlan, was a key part of a much improved Williams performance level in 2012 after the team suffered one of the worst years in its history last season. By Tony Dodgins (@TonyDodgins)

Source: http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns24695.html

Allen Berg Georges Berger

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013\14 Technical Regulation Changes


Having been discussed amongst the Technical working group for some time, the 2013 Technical regulations have now been published, with a just couple of small updates. The first being the option to fit a simple panel over the stepped nose for aesthetic reasons, the second being the banning of DRS having a secondary effect, as with the Mercedes Double DRS system.
These will not be changes that will unduly effect the development of the2013 cars, which are already well underway, but the former change will make the cars look a little different.

Stepped noses

“3.7.9 an optional, single piece, non-structural fairing of prescribed laminate
(whose precise lay-up may be found in the Appendix to the regulations)  may not be more than 625mm above the reference plane at any point”

Teams will now be able to hide the step in the nose with a simple sacrificial panel.  The allowance to run this ‘modesty’ panel over the stepped nose was initially discussed in 2011, when the aesthetic impact of the proposed rule became apparent.

It was safety that drove the regulations to alter the nose for 2012, already long standing regulations created a cockpit side that was a minimum of 550mm high, but the rules allowed the nose tip to be as high as 625mm. Obviously the effect of a nose tip passing over the cockpit side and into the driver in the event of T-bone accident doesn’t bear thinking about. So in advance of further reaching nose height regulations for 2014, this interim step was suggested. For 2012 cars had to have the top of the nose cone under 550mm, however the rest of the footwell of the monocoque could still be as high as 625.

With the pre-2012 nose, the high nose tip could pass over the low cockpit side (yellow) in a T-Bone crash

As the majority of the nose had to be as low as 550mm, this meant that even with a lot of deformation in crash, any remaining part of the nose cone would never rise above 550mm.

The lower 2012 made T-Bone crashes safer by the nose top being lower than the cockpit side

Teams found having the nose and the chassis as high as possible provides an aerodynamic advantage, as this provides more airflow around the lower half of the car. The obvious result was teams pushed the upper surface of the nose and monocoque as high as possible, to get the maximum airflow under the car. This resulted in the near flat topped nose at 550mm and a flat topped monocoque behind it at 625mm. Everyone was aghast at when the first car was unveiled for 2012 with the resulting step was formed between nose and chassis.
While some teams found an aerodynamic solution to the airflow disruption the step causes, most teams managed with an inefficient design of a simple if brutal step. A few teams and most notably McLaren, opted for a lower chassis which eased the need for the step at the loss of some aerodynamic potential.

A small ‘modesty’ fairing can now be added above the existing stepped nose

Now for 2013 teams will be allowed to streamline the step, with a thin aerodynamic fairing that can be no higher than the tub at 625mm. This is a sacrificial part it forms no part of the impact structure, it’s simply there to make the stepped nose look better and with it perhaps bring a small aero benefit.

As with the 2012 stepped nose, the 2013 nose will be lower than the cockpit side, the fairing will break up easily in an accident

As the fairing must be made of a prescribed laminate construction, it cannot be a structural part and is designed to be safe in the event of an accident. So In the event of a crash the fairing will simply break up or break away, in the T-bone scenario the fairing will not cause harm to the driver.
It’s been suggested that the FIA could have mandated a low nose tip and then a linear taper of the structure back to the front bulkhead. This would have looked similar to the step nose and fairing, but would have been less safe in a side impact. As the nose crumples it would eventually be higher than the cockpit side.
While you can never say “never” when it comes to the designers exploiting a rule, this fairing will be subject to the existing rules for the nose cone. So the fairing must be enclosed and sit atop the nose cone no higher than 625mm. Teams cannot form holes through it aside from the driver cooling hole, which was exploited on the Red Bull’s stepped nose this year, so the wide nose slot is likely to disappear on the RB9. Sauber’s alternative solution to duct airflow to tidy the flow off the stepped section is also likely to disappear, although this design does have other benefits in reducing the boundary layer build up under the nose cone.
Teams do not have to run the fairing, some teams might be happy to simply keep their existing stepped nose design for 2013.
The new rule maintains the safety aims of the original 2012 nose, but offsets the negative image it has presented to the cameras.

2014 noses

As there’s been such huge interest in the 2013 nose, its worth noting the regulations for 2014 have been published by the FIA for some time.  As part of the safety programme  the FIA will introduce much lower noses.  The nose tip must be centered around 185mm and the front bulkhead lowered to 500mm. Also front wings will be narrower, top rear wings will be shallower and there’ll be no beam wing.
Here’s a quick representation.

 

DRS secondary effects

Ducts activated by DRS, such as Mercedes DDRS will be banned in 2013

“3.18.1 DRS cannot be used to change the geometry of any duct, either directly or indirectly, other than the change to the distance between adjacent sections permitted by Article 3.10.2.”

Even before the 2012 season started the Mercedes Double DRS was already causing ripples amongst the technical staff at the teams. As explained on this blog previously the Mercedes DDRS uses the movement of the DRS rear wing flap to open a duct for a se3ocnady effect. In Mercedes case this effect is to blow through a duct and stall the front wing when DRS is open. Just as with the F-duct in 2010, there was no rule to prevent this. The FIA eventually describing the system as a drag reduction system, which was in line with the aims of the DRS rules. However the system has now been outlawed by a simple addition to the rules. Now the DRS acting on the rear wing flap cannot affect airflow into duct or device for a secondary effect. This clearly bans the Mercedes system, but does not go as far as to ban the passive Lotus Drag Reduction Device (DRD), which Mercedes have now tested themse3ivles. Unless a clarification is issues ahead of the 2013 season we can expect every top team to develop a passive DRD. Somewhat offsetting the rule change made against the Mercedes DDRS system.

 

 

F-Duct front wings

Air cannot be ducted through the neutral centre section of the front wing, effectively banning nose-hole fed stalling front wings, as tested by Mercedes in 2011

We saw last year that Mercedes also created a passive stalling front wing; this was in preparation for their 2012 DDRS.  With the new DRS rules preventing part of the 2012 DDRS effect, teams could still exploit a stalling front wing.  So the 2013 rules now prevent the ducting of airflow through the centre section of front wing.

This section may not contain any closed channel the effect of which is to duct air directly or indirectly to or from the external air stream for any purpose other than data acquisition.

This means that the nose hole ducting tested in 2011 cannot be used to stall the front wing.  However, the front wing can still be stalled by other means, most likely slots above the wing feeding airflow through to the stalling slot under the wing.

 

Floor flatness tolerance

Ever since 1983 when flat floors were mandated, there has been a tolerance to allow for manufacturing problems.  This tolerance was tightened from 5mm to 3mm for 2012. But earlier this year teams were rumoured to be using this tolerance to tilt the splitter upwards.  Exploiting this tolerance for the Splitter means the car can run lower at the front by 3mm, gaining crucial front wing efficiency.  A technical directive was sent out about the practice and now that has made it into the rule book.

3.12.6 To help overcome any possible manufacturing problems, and not to permit any design which may contravene any part of these regulations, dimensional tolerances are permitted on bodywork situated between a point lying 330mm behind the front wheel centre line and the rear wheel centre line. A vertical tolerance of +/- 3mm is permissible across the surfaces lying on the reference and step planes and a horizontal tolerance of 3mm is permitted when assessing whether a surface is visible from beneath the car.

So now teams cannot purposely curve the flat floor for aerodynamic advantage.

Source: http://scarbsf1.com/blog1/2012/10/01/2013-technical-regulation-changes/

Jimmy Davies Colin Davis

The Man In Vettel’s Ear

Newly crowned three-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel celebrates a season-clinching finish in Brazil with Guillaume Rocquelin, his Red Bull Racing engineer.

Vettel-Rocquelin 2012

 

Source: http://f1-grandprix.com/?p=34319

Jenson Button Tommy Byrne

Brundle: Hamilton Will Win With Merc

Martin Brundle says he "wouldn't be surprised" if Lewis Hamilton claimed a race win during his first season with Mercedes.

Source: http://www.topix.com/formula1/2013/01/brundle-hamilton-will-win-with-merc?fromrss=1

Pablo Birger Art Bisch

320km/h Grand Prix electric car racing on cards for Hong Kong

A Hong Kong-based consortium, Formula E Holdings, is planning to bring Formula E, high-speed electric-car racing, to the city's streets next year as part of a global circuit of 10 cities including Rome, London and Rio de Janeiro.

Source: http://www.topix.com/formula1/2013/01/320km-h-grand-prix-electric-car-racing-on-cards-for-hong-kong?fromrss=1

Pablo Birger Art Bisch

Surtees calls for revised path to F1

John Surtees says there needs to be an overhaul in how young drivers make their way into F1 to ensure that the most talented succeed.

Source: http://www.topix.com/formula1/2013/01/surtees-calls-for-revised-path-to-f1?fromrss=1

Piers Courage Chris Craft

Max Chilton confirmed at Marussia for 2013

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Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/12/18/max-chilton-confirmed-at-marussia-for-2013/

Chris Amon Bob Anderson

Getting real...

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/kiOkRzVY3IM/getting-real.html

Erik Comas Franco Comotti

Di Resta Shocked By Lack Of Force India Decision

is surprised that are yet to name their 2013 driver line-up.

The Silverstone-based outfit are one of only two teams – the other being – to not announce their partnership for the 2013 campaign.

It is thought that either or will take the place, but di Resta is shocked that there is still uncertainty:

“I am surprised there has been nothing yet.

“The team have said they will announce it in good time as to where they are going to be, and I have to respect that.”

He went on to claim that it is important to know who he is going to race alongside:

“Ultimately it does (matter).

“But at the end of the day I know my job, and I am fully focused on what I need to achieve at the moment.

“Whether that is managing my time, booking flights, working with the engineers, or whatever.

“I know who my team are, who my mechanics are. There are some new faces in that, which means we will be stronger again.

“But I’m feeling quite good about it, very positive. I’ve been at the factory and the vibe is very high.”

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Bob Bondurant Felice Bonetto

Hembery: We will be taking a more aggressive approach

Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.

Paul Hembery has revealed that the ethos of ‘spicing up the show’ will prevail in the Pirelli tyres they will supply to the field for the 2013 season, and will continue to provide teams with challenging decisions, and perhaps some surprises, when it comes to deciding race tyre strategies. Speaking to Sky Sports Hembery said, [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Yallaf1com/~3/brteZIRUSzs/

Alex Caffi John CampbellJones

2014 Chevrolet Corvette teased yet again, debuts this weekend [video]

Chevrolet has released a new teaser video for the 2014 Corvette. It previews the car's revolutionary new engineering process.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/eqkNJPcILqI/2014-chevrolet-corvette-teased-yet-again-debuts-this-weekend

Trevor Blokdyk Mark Blundell