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Keeping cool seems set to be the challenge for F1 teams when new engine regulations come into play for the 2014 season

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August 17, 2013 4:19 PM

The cooling problem will also be relevant to the enhanced KERS systems as well with more heat generated by the electrical systems and a reliance on that system. With the smaller Turbo 1.6 engines running a fuel restriction the useable power band will be narrower. Also the torque loading on the transmission and driveline will play a part in this as well. The solutions will be interesting to observe!!


August 17, 2013 9:04 PM

Shoveit, Since you asked I've had a think about this and I suggest we deploy an external cooling aide during pit stops.
I propose that FOTA employ a simpleton (you) to lick exhaust manifolds during pit stops, it would only need 2 or 3 seconds worth of licking per car per stop so it shouldn't hurt too much but I think it could provide 4 or 5% extra cooling. It would be very cost effective and give you a useful purpose in life.

Good idea all round eh?


August 17, 2013 9:36 PM

Whoever can handle the engine in a good way and be reliable will have a good result, but it will be difficult to run the season without issues, the engine of which there will be five per driver will have to cover four to five thousand kilometres per unit which is double what the present units have to cover, if a driver exceeds his five COMPLATE units he will start from the pits, however the power unit is made up of different components, a driver may change each of these individually, only when a sixth component is used will a ten place grid penalty be applied. The new fuel regulation could dampen the racing, teams will start a race with a maximum of 100kg of fuel which is 40-50kg less than at present, F1 should have considered efficiency but should not have forced the sports where a car would be cruising for 50 percent of the race laps


August 17, 2013 9:52 PM

Sunny, I'm hoping that PCXmerc will read your proposed fuel loads for next season, it might convince him to get off his latest soapbox.

By the way how did your mates get on in Wales?


August 17, 2013 10:04 PM

ty. pcxmerc has not twigged on to the fact that 100kg/h is the fuel flow, 100kg is the fuel load, so at full throttle, a car will only be able to complete close to half the race. of course cars will not be at full throttle for the full race, so the 100kg will infact last a race (hopefully). fuel is going to be tight!
sunny, with only 5 engines allowed before penalty, and the engine being new for 2014, I can see a number of teams being penalised in the second half of 2014. with the new exhaust rules, I wonder how long it will be before the designers realise that they may be able to use this as a drd? pushing extra pressure below the wing will reduce downforce.....watch this space. wouldn't it be nice to see stackpipes again?


August 17, 2013 10:35 PM

Taipan, if pcxmac/RGB reads it he will most probably gets confused some more.
As to Walters arena, one was a total success getting 4th overall with a home build buggy powered by a 3l diesel Toyota land cruiser engine and locally modified running gear (gearbox and both diffs, (personally involved a lot in the mechanics of this one).
The other (4.8l rover v8 with portals) which a lot was expected from was a disaster as on Friday the driver was badly injured (operated on and still over there in hospital.


August 17, 2013 10:45 PM

Richard, F1 cars will be limited to using no more than 100kg of fuel for the race (fuel load), and the fuel flow rate will be limited to using no more than 100kg of fuel per hour, and this flow rate will be controlled by an FIA supplied fuel flow meter.
The exhaust tail pipe will be (end) past the back of the car.

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