What to do to get back on top?The red 2017 will power unit from 1000 horses, gearbox and rear axle different from the compact design.
2016 certainly can not be stored with a positive sign from Ferrari. Despite the efforts made by the team led by Mattia Binotto, who took the reins of Jesus among the GP of Germany and Hungary, it showed the cohesion of the technical department of Maranello, able to design, produce and bring to the track a large number updates, most of which focused on 2017. it is on this basis that the car was based the design of the next car, of which only the project number is officially known until now "668", which will be unveiled at Fiorano at a filming day on February 24.
NEW ERA - There are, therefore, less than two months and the bustles work at a fast pace inside the team management, even in this period. The commitment is made even more onerous by the introduction of new technical rules that have forced the team from a blank sheet, and radically alter the look of the cars. The changes affect the tires, with the increase of the width of the tread front from 245 to 305 mm, while the rear pass 325 to 405 mm. Of these, it also increases the diameter (+ 1 centimeter). These changes are not the only ones: in fact the cars have a maximum width of 200 cm against 180 earlier. The front wing must have an arrow profile, while also increasing the length of the body of 20 cm in front of the axis of the front wheels, and passes from 165 to 180 cm. Continuing towards the rear, also the bottom will have a greater width, passing from 140 to 160 cm. The rear wing will undergo two changes: the width increase from the current 75 to 95 cm, while the height with respect to the reference plane decreases from 95 cm to 80. Last, the diffuser, more wide, from 100 to 105 cm, with a greater growth in height, from 12.5 to 17.5 cm.
MORE GRIP - The increased footprint of the tires will provide more mechanical grip and larger wings and the bottom will increase the level of downforce generated. And now these "rules of the game" the same for everyone, that Ferrari is trying to make the most, to achieve a single-seater not conservative, both by introducing innovative elements, perhaps visible only in the Barcelona test (the first from February 27) or even from the first GP in Australia (March 26), either by adopting solutions that maximize the positive effects of the new rules. One could be the adoption of an S-duct, borrowed from the Mercedes W07 world champion, who would integrate those solutions with a diverging level under the frame seen in recent races as the Bat wing or Skid wing.
THE LINES - The muzzle could sharpen for better management of Y250 vortex through the switches placed under the frame. It should also increase the sidecut of the side panels, despite the Regulation grant generous size, thanks to a different placement of the radiant packs. The front part of the sides will see the adoption of larger flow diverters and vertical baffles. Strategic study of flows toward the back, especially in the area between the inner sidewall of the tires, the speaker channels and the rear wing screens. The rear end will be very tight, thanks to the reduced dimensions of the gearbox.
CHANGE - The latter, it is fair to remember, in 2016 has revealed problems, undermining the reliability. In 2017, maintaining the imperative of small size, the interior design will be different from the previous. The power unit 062/1 will be very different from that of 2016. It is working not only to re-design of the combustion chambers, but also to the integration of part of endothermic and electrical. So you try to be able to provide pilots something like the "" at the disposal of Hamilton & C. The increased amount of available fuel (105 kg instead of 100) would allow, inter alia, meeting and exceeding the 1,000 hp power, already approached last season with peaks of 970- 980 hp. It 'important to remember that in 2017 there will be no tokens for the development of the power unit.