Ferrari F14T analysis
The new Ferrari F14T carries inside its genes all changes forced by new technical regulations , some of which obliged designers to develop ugly in sight noses but aerodynamically most effective. Interesting spots on the new car are summarized below
1. New regulations force car’s nose tip to be no higher than 185 mm from reference plane. In Ferrari case the nose is built very low and flat, very different in philosophy from the high dolphin style thin nose tips seen on most rival cars . Modern F1 cars require as greater empty space under the nose as possible, a trend decelerated by constant regulation changes .
2. Front wing’s overall width reduced from 180 mm to 165 mm. Updated versions are likely to be tested soon as all teams will work hard to regain back the lost downforce .
3. Nose camera height is also restricted by new regulations to be between 325mm and 525mm above reference plane . Ferrari winglets seems to pair aerodynamically with the low flat nose and suspension elements behind them .
4. Nose vanes are new , their shape and function depend highly on nose structure
5. Ferrari chassis starts relatively high and drops rapidly close to bulkhead to meet new regulation needs on lower height dimensions ( front bulkhead must be of 525 mm maximum height )
6.Pull rod front suspension remains.
7. Driver position is now lower, meaning better centre of gravity and driver’s visibility but in the same time less space under the nose and thus harmful for the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.
8. Highly aerodynamic mirrors able to manage airflow around cockpit zone. Ferrari used to revise mirror shape and position during season searching for the optimum configuration
9.Bargeboards in launch version are nothing but simplified copies of 2013 season, logically will be replaced by new more advanced ones
10.Interesting L shaped sidepod panels, help to restrict lift created by sidepod body itself
12.Small inlet for cooling airbox itself
13. Airbox inlet now feeds the turbocharger system instead of engine heads, therefore is much smaller than last season
14. Additional small inlet on the engine cover , aids cooling further
15. New greater needs for cooling not only for the engine but for turbo parts and ERS as well, that meaning larger internal multi-task radiators . The extension of black color around all the rear bodywork ( if it was red there is always a possibility of seeing dark spots on surface, visually annoying, caused by overheating issues) and the large opening at sidepod tail may well suggest that overheating issues are expected to arise .
16.Completely new much shorter Ferrari engine, turbocharged , V6 , 1.600 cc combined with KERS and TERS . Fuel tank capacity also reduced around 40-50 kg .
17. New 8 forward rations gearbox , replaced the previous 7-speed
18. Multiple holes on floor just in front of the rear wheels are also present like last season , stimulate the diffuser
19.Central single exhaust pipeline, blows above the gearbox in a drastic attempt of FIA to restrict exhaust blown diffusers
20. Rear wing is swallower by 20 mm due to new regulations . DRS (drag reduction system) is also more effective as the moving flap opening window is greater by 15 mm .
21.Double wavy pillars hold the rear wing on car’s body as the beam plane is forbidden by 2014 regulations . This concept is not new as former Honda and Toyota teams used to race with double wing pillars a few years ago.
- Weaker powerplants will force teams to reexamine car’s set up for high downforce and high speed tracks like Silverstone because they have now a shortage of power to sustain too high attack angles on wings.
- The shallower beamless rear wing and the less wide front wing alongside with the more effective DRS will boost somehow the top speed , if of course the maximum power (engine and KERS) output is exploited
- The less downforce productive wings, the lower nose and the ban of blown diffusers will eventually slow down the car in fast turns .
- Pirelli tyres management, especially the rear, would still play a significant factor
All images credited to Ferrari F1 Team