FERRARI 2017 - PART 1 here is how will the snout
We talked a lot in the last few weeks of " Suspension Gate " generated by the now famous letter sent by Ferrari to the FIA early last December. To conclude the discussion it is important to emphasize that Helmut Marko has dwelt on the fact that the new technical directive issued by Charlie Whiting after the clarification requested by Ferrari, will have an impact on suspensive systems of RB13 . Also according to the former Austrian racing driver, Red Bull will not have to completely change suspensive systems but may only be made of changes to make 100% of the legal solutions designed , planned and under construction in the month of November. Marko concluded by saying that the RB13 will mount a solution similar to that used in 2016, but "less efficient" in order to get back within the technical regulations.
PRESENTATION FERRARI 2017: 24 February at Fiorano with the first 100 km on track
But we move to the true subject of the article that is the car which Scuderia Ferrari will be riding in the 2017 Formula 1 world championship . With this article we analyze how will the face of the upcoming Italian car that we remember will be presented Friday, February 24 at the Fiorano track .
It will not be a simple presentation to Fiorano since 2017 on the same day the new car of the Italian team will also carry out the first 100 km on the track, a kind of shakedown to check that all components, especially electronic, operating as intended and that the assembly made only hours before it was made in the best way. Rather wise choice according to our point of view to make it through the first day of testing in Barcelona with the least possible unknowns. Recall that in only eight days of testing all the teams will especially try to understand as best as possible the tires as well as to test all new aerodynamic components, Mechanical and Power Unit. And 'why Ferrari chose to debut the car before the test in Barcelona: to avoid annoying loss of track time for small problems even born during the assembly of the car.
PROJECT FERRARI 2017: Rory Byrne full time to catch up to mid-2016
E 'for many weeks in Maranello that you are working hard to get prepared for this important event whereas in summer 2016 the design work had slowed down because of internal shocks that led to the "dismissal" of the then Director technical James Allison then replaced with Mattia Binotto.
In what has been collected in recent days the delay was partly also recovered thanks to the hard and valuable work of Rory Byrne that can be considered today an almost full time employee and no longer in the classic role of "consultant" , only one-off Maranello even in intense periods of pre-season work. The South African technical expert started working in Maranello around the month of August, focusing initially on the chassis of the 2017 car and then focus on the mechanics.
Compared to 2016 when the President Marchionne insisted from the outset of the victories, from the Maranello management approach chosen for the 2017 season it seems to be completely different. It will be very difficult if not impossible to have a car that will allow Ferrari to fight to win from the first races. The lively work of the last months it is necessary to bring into effect a good car , no congenital defects (present on the SF16-H, turbocharger and gearbox to name two rather obvious) and then try to develop it in the best way during the season , something that in Maranello in the last season they have not demonstrated the ability to do unfortunately. This season 2017 will be crucial for the various team succeed in bringing on the track at every appointment a number of updates since the few hours guaranteed by Regulation F1 wind tunnel and CFD will certainly "give birth" of cars rather immature in many ways of view.
FERRARI 2017: will use the same concept of the muzzle of the SF16-H
The first part of the car that we analyze on these pages is the nose to see if the Maranello team will confirm him snout style already seen on the track during the 2016 season or if it will upset.
Many people are wondering how the technical regulations evolved regarding snouts in version 2017 and the rescue comes our great Alessandro Rana who fully translated the Technical Regulations 2017 in Italian (in the next few days you can also browse it you):
ARTICLE 15.4.3 An absorbing structure must be fitted in front of the survival cell. Such a structure can not be an integral part of the survival cell but must be solidly connected to it and disposed symmetrically with respect to the center line of the car. No part of this structure can be more than 525 mm above the reference plane and its point ahead must not be less than 1050 mm forward of the front wheels .
It should have:
a) A single external vertical section, perpendicular to the center line of the car, above 9000 mm2 to a point 50 mm behind the most forward point. No part of this cross-section may be less than 135 millimeters above the reference plane and its overall width must not exceed 140 millimeters.
b) A single external vertical section, perpendicular to the center line of the car, more than 20000 mm2 at a point 150 mm behind the most forward point. The overall width of this section must not exceed 330 millimeters.
When measuring these sections, only the parts between the highest point of the section and 100 mm vertically below at that point, can be considered. Each outside vertical section, taken perpendicular to the center line of the vehicle between the points 150 mm behind the most forward point of the snout and 150 mm forward of the front wheels, must be a single section with an area that exceeds a value given by a linear taper from 20000 mm2 60000 mm2 respectively. Furthermore, all the lines drawn normally and externally to a vertical section taken 150 mm in front of the front wheels and perpendicular to the center line of the machine, must not cross a longitudinal vertical plane lying on the center line of the car.
Basically what has changed compared to the Technical Regulations 2016? Only the underlined part, ie the length of the muzzle that by adapting the front wing arrow will be for longer force. Noses version 2017 will be (theoretically) 200 mm longer than the faces seen on the track in the 2016 Formula 1 season.
From the information gathered by the team FUnoAnalisiTecnica Ferrari of 2017 will not have a muzzle solution similar to Mercedes 2016 or a "long solution" view of the SF15-T but will maintain a short nose with central protuberance . Of course, always respecting the new length of the muzzle imposed by the Technical Regulations of 1050 mm compared to 850 mm of 2016 which will have a nose less inclined, favoring also the aerodynamics of the front of the car. The greater length of the nose allow the Italian team to shorten the central protuberance through greater ease in passing the front crash test FIA in this 2017.
Short nose that will have a Importane aerodynamic function: to convey as much air as possible to the bottom of the frame with positive influences on the downforce to be generated through the generous rear diffuser version 2017.
To conclude this article, the Ferrari 2017 finally we will see the S Duct , a component that allows to increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the front thanks to the passage of air between the bottom and top of the muzzle.