20 December 2013
Allison: Building whole car ‘a nice advantage’ for Ferrari in F1 2014
Technical director James Allison reckons that Ferrari can benefit from keeping all its design and development in house ahead of the 2014 F1 season.
Ferrari will benefit from building both its engine and chassis under the same roof when F1 enters a new technical era in 2014.
That is the claim of technical director James Allison, who oversees the Scuderia's transition into new engine and aerodynamic rules next season. Ferrari is the only team to have consistently constructed all elements of its F1 cars, and Allison – who has seen both sides of the coin having worked with the Prancing Horse's rivals over the years – is confident that the Italian giant can make the most of the situation as it attempts to end the recent dominance of Red Bull in 2014.
“Being able to build the engine and chassis together is definitely a nice advantage for Ferrari,” he said at the presentation of the new 059/3 powertrain in Maranello, “Other teams cannot do the same and this year, like never before, installing the new power unit in the car's chassis will be a complex operation.
“I've got direct experience of that from my time at Lotus. It's true the engine supplier tries to meet your demands, but it's never the same thing as happens here, where there is a historical culture relating to a common task of defining and developing the design of the new car.”
The introduction of the all-new turbocharged V6 engine and associated powertrain components will put extra emphasis on Ferrari's 'teamwork' in 2014, as head of engine and electronics Luca Marmorini explained.
“We have worked side-by-side with our chassis colleagues over the years,” he noted, “Precisely because we know there is no point in we engine engineers pushing too much emphasis on our single project if then it doesn't adapt to a winning car. This is the case not just as far as the engine is concerned, but also relates to all the other elements of this powertrain which, as you can understand, is much more complex than in the past.”
The rules changes cover more than just the engine, but Allison, for one, is happy to see some areas going 'back to basics' in 2014.
“All I can say is I agree with Luca,” he concluded, “That argument also holds true for an element which, in recent years has been the centre of attention, namely the exhausts. Blowing them offered interesting technical challenges, but I have to say that, personally, I am pleased they have been eliminated and that we can go back to designing exhausts aimed at getting the most out of the power of the engine.”
The new 059/3 is expected to make its public debut on track at the first group test of 2014, at Jerez towards the end of January.
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