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nealio

December 30, 2014 6:43 PM

F1 » Taffin: Engine costs will drop over time


ProfessorX, During the period when RBR won four titles on the trot the engines were frozen and the Renault unit was reckoned to be second or third best considering that the outputs from all the engines were in a range covered by 20 to 30 hp. Their superior aerodynamics in using the engines exhausts and creating more downforce with less drag relative to their competitors made them dominate. Spec tires, frozen engines, spec brake sizing, even the weight balance on the chassis was dictated! It was an aero dominate formula.

nealio

December 30, 2014 3:44 PM

F1 » Taffin: Engine costs will drop over time


Taffin's voice of reason is not in fashion in F1, the most extreme opinions rein now. The real issue is that the private teams are being made to pay for the R&D costs of the engine manufacturers who stand to reap all the engineering benefits for their commercial products. The private teams should not have to bare the burden when they don't share in those benefits. Now that the formula has reemphasized the importance of the engine and power-generating elements of the vehicle it is necessary to invest in this area as a performance differentiator. I for one am glad to see F1 leave behind spec equalized engines and a total emphasis on aerodynamics.


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