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New savings idea for Formula 1: One subfloor for everyone

New savings idea for Formula 1
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G The egg of Columbus is sought. A solution that aims to solve all the problems in Formula 1 at once. That brings the field closer together, makes cars faster and helps small teams to save money. The latest proposal could be a good basis for discussion.

All cars should have a standard underbody. For this purpose, the crash structures are standardized. The crumple zones in the side pods are already the same for everyone. You could do the same front and back. The two measures would have the advantage that they are invisible. The viewer can neither look under the car nor behind the paneling. So he doesn't care if they all have the same sub-floor. And the idea would save a lot of money.

More overtaking maneuvers, less costs

The FIA killing many birds with one stone. Faster Cars? The floor is designed so that the diffuser begins well in front of the rear axle. This means that significantly more downforce is achieved via the sub-floor. Overtake? The standard crash structure at the front restricts the clearance at the nose. The front wing is therefore less important. Following will be easy. If there is even more grip from wider tires, there would be more braking maneuvers.

Technical freedom? The engineers should let off steam on the surface of the car. There should be more freedom there so that the cars can again be more clearly differentiated from one another. The costs? A uniform sub-floor saves hundreds of wind tunnel hours. And in two or three years' time, the wind tunnel will be superfluous because CFD simulation will then be completely sufficient. The car would not have to be blown on for every new aerodynamic configuration with all conceivable ground clearance and side slopes.

A narrow field? If the aerodynamic difference is limited to the surfaces, the time gains are no longer so great. The rich teams still have a playing field to set themselves apart from the midfield, but the differences are smaller. However, with good wind tunnel work, a small team can trip up the big ones every now and then.

What do you think of the suggestion that comes from a team from midfield? Does the idea keep what it promises? Write to us.


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