F14T

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F14T

FERRARI’S 2014 CHALLENGER THE F14 T IS UNVEILED IN MARANELLO—

Drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were on hand as the Scuderia’s latest Formula 1 challenger was revealed to the world – the F14 T being their response to Formula 1′s radical technical overhaul.

Over a million votes were cast in naming the car but Ferrari will be relying on more than fan power if they’re to make a strong impression, particularly early on in the season.

They have been notoriously slow starters in recent years and although none of their rivals anticipates being quick out of the starting blocks given the array of challenges posed by the switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and more powerful energy recovery systems, Ferrari are bound to be conscious of their position.

 

The F14 T will be piloted by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen this year – Picture courtesy of Ferrari

On the plus side, there’s the opinion that ‘works’ teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes will hold an advantage in the race to understand and develop their cars. However, there has also been a feeling in the paddock that the German manufacturer and Renault will deliver more competitive power units.

A particular Achilles heel in recent seasons has been Ferrari’s chassis – as a consequence of their windtunnel, the predictions of which have failed to match up with track performance.

However, after a period spent using a facilty owned by Toyota Motorsport while their own windtunnel was being recalibrated, it is now up and running again.

Furthermore, Ferrari last year secured the services of James Allison, who had overseen Lotus’s strong performances during the past few seasons, who returned to Italy to take the role of Chassis Technical Director.

McLaren MP4-29

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McLaren MP4-29

THE FIRST REAL REVEAL OF THE 2014 SEASON McLAREN’S MP4-29—

McLaren became the first Formula 1 team to fully unveil a 2014 car as it launched the MP4-29 online on Friday.

While Force India and Williams had already given hints of their new designs with computer-generated images, McLaren’s event marked the first proper look a 2014 F1 design.

It featured the anticipated take on the controversial nose design that teams have leaned to under the new regulations, with a narrow protruding section to meet the revised crash test rules without lowering the entire front end as the rulemakers originally envisaged.

The car was unveiled in a plain silver livery with basic MP4-29 branding.

Lotus E22 Side

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Lotus E22 Side

LOTUS F1 REVEALS THEIR NEW E22 AND ANNOUNCES THAT ERIC BOULLIER GOES TO McLAREN AND  LOPEZ TAKES OVER AS TEAM PRINCIPAL—

In order to continue strengthening its management structure, to further increase Genii’s role in the team and to close the gap between its strategic, commercial and sporting activities, Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that its co-Chairman, Gérard Lopez, will combine his position on the board with the role of Team Principal with immediate effect. As a result, the other chairmanship responsibilities will be shared with co-Chairman Andy Ruhan.

The team will announce the arrival of new commercial partners and sponsors when it unveils its 2014 car, the E22, at the beginning of the first Bahrain pre-season test in February. The team will also confirm its organisational structure for 2014 ahead of this test. The team management, car and partner portfolio will illustrate the team’s will and desire to continue its quest to become one of the strongest teams in Formula 1 in every sense.

Gérard Lopez, co-Chairman and Team Principal:
“Lotus F1 Team has never stood still and we head into what promises to be an exciting 2014 season with an innovative new car, new partners and a new management structure at Enstone. Great things have been achieved over the past years and we need to continue this momentum. With this in mind, we are proud to announce that we have concluded an agreement with YotaPhone and its shareholders. YotaPhone shareholders will become important partners to Genii and YotaPhone a sponsor to the Lotus F1 team this year. We thank Eric for all his hard work over the past four years and we are confident we can continue to fight as one of the top teams in Formula 1 over the seasons ahead.”

FW36 Front

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FW36 Front

WILLIAMS REVEALS FIRST IMAGE OF THE WILLIAMS MERCEDES FW36—

23 January 2014. Grove, UK. Williams today released the first images of its 2014 challenger: the Williams Mercedes FW36. The FW36 is one of the most technologically advanced Formula One cars produced by Williams. It is the culmination of more than two years research and development by the team’s technical departments in Grove and it incorporates the power unit from the team’s new partner, Mercedes-Benz.

“There’s a lot more technology on the cars this year,” says Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. “We’ve had turbo-charged engines in F1 before; what’s different this time is that it is much more than just an engine change, it is a completely different system. We’ve gone from a slightly hybridised normally aspirated engine to a fully integrated hybrid power unit with novel technology at its heart.”

FW36 Side

To meet the challenges of the new power unit, Williams signed the deal with Mercedes Benz High Performance Powertrains midway through last season. The team received the first CAD (Computer-Aided Design) data for the power unit at the end of May, at which point the detailed design of the FW36 could begin to be finalised.

“This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we’ve been very impressed,” says Symonds. “Their professionalism and commitment have been notable and we’re as confident as we can be that the power unit will be competitive.”

The design phase of the FW36 was completed by mid-September, by which time the team had found solutions to the major challenges presented by the regulations. Cooling, weight, a new gearbox and aerodynamic changes are just some of the areas of focus.

“Overall the cars will need more cooling this year,” says Symonds. “The demands on water and oil cooling may be slightly diminished, but the ERS system is significantly more powerful and hence needs more cooling. We also have to cool the charge air from the turbocharger compressor which requires a substantial intercooler.”

The FW36′s gearbox ran on the dyno for the first time at the beginning of November, before running with the full power unit several weeks later. It’s the first eight-speed gearbox in Williams’ history.

“We finished the gearbox relatively early,” says Symonds. “It’s completed a lot of running on the test rig and at Mercedes HPP in Brixworth, but you can’t take reliability for granted. It’s a completely new ‘box and it has to cope with a lot more torque than was the case with the V8.”

The weight of the car, when combined with the FIA’s ever more stringent crash tests, has been another challenge of the 2014 rules. But the FW36 was one of the first cars to pass its crash tests prior to Christmas.

“The build of the new car has gone remarkably smoothly,” says Symonds. “But it’s been a challenge to get the car down to the weight limit. It’s been achievable, but it hasn’t been easy because the new power unit is heavier than the outgoing V8.”

The launch-spec aerodynamic package was finalised in the first week of December, with an upgrade package for Melbourne’s season-opener signed off in early January.

“F1 is still going to be an aerodynamic formula in 2014,” says Symonds. “There are some significant changes: the nose is lower than last year and the front wing is narrower, which means the end plates are now more shrouded by the front tyre. The rear wing isn’t as deep as last year and the beam wing below it is no longer permitted, and we’ve also lost the ability to use the exhaust to enhance aero performance.”

Until the car begins testing next week the team won’t know how its design solutions will translate onto the track, but Symonds is confident that Williams has done enough to move up the grid after a disappointing 2013 season.

“I’m confident that we’ll be closer to the front aerodynamically than we were last year,” says Symonds. “Our ambition for the year ahead is to have a strong 2014 season.”

Renault F1 Engine 2014

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Renault F1 Engine 2014

F1 SET TO BE ENERGIZED IN 2014
• FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO WELCOME MOST RADICAL TECHNICAL CHANGES IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT IN 2014.
• CARS WILL BE POWERED BY HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED POWER UNITS COMBINING TURBOCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES AND POTENT ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS HARVESTING ENERGY FROM EXHAUST (THERMAL ENERGY) AND BRAKING (MECHANICAL ENERGY).
• OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAP, CARS WILL BE POWERED BY BOTH TRADITIONAL FUEL AND ELECTRICAL ENERGY.
• DOUBLE RESTRICTIONS ON FUEL FLOW AND MASS WILL MAKE THE POWER UNITS AMONGST THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT ENGINES IN THE WORLD.
• RENAULT’S ENERGY F1-2014 POWER UNIT DEVELOPED AT ITS STATE OF THE ART FACILITY AT VIRY-CHÂTILLON, FRANCE, IS READY FOR THE CHALLENGE.
• THE NEW GENERATION POWER UNIT NAMED ENERGY F1 TO REFLECT SYNERGIES WITH THE PIONEERING FUEL EFFICIENT ENERGY ENGINE RANGE USED IN RENAULT ROAD CARS, WHICH MAINTAIN OR IMPROVE DRIVING PLEASURE, VITALITY AND ACCELERATION WITH DOWNSIZED ENGINES TO ACHIEVE LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS.

Renault F1 Engine back 2014

 

This year, the FIA Formula One World Championship is set for a raft of radical technical regulation changes. From 2014 onwards, the cars will be powered by avant-garde powertrain technology, with a powerful
turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to sophisticated energy recovery systems.
Energy efficiency will reach levels never seen in the sport before, with two types of energy propelling the cars. The internal combustion engine will produce power through consumption of traditional carbon-based fuel, while electrical energy will be harvested from exhaust and braking by two motor generator units. The two systems will work in harmony, with teams and drivers balancing the use of the two types of energy throughout
the race.
The advent of this new technology means that the word ‘engine’ is no longer sufficient: instead the sport will refer to ‘Power Units.’
Renault is fully prepared for this technical revolution, with its Energy F1-2014 Power Unit designed and developed at its Viry-Châtillon HQ in France ready for track testing.
‘Grand Prix racing is a pioneering sport, representing the pinnacle of
human endeavour and technological innovation. From the rear mounted engines of the 1930s to the ground effect of the 1980s, F1 technology
has always been years ahead of its time. With cutting-edge energy
systems and highly advanced turbocharged combustion engines, in 2014 F1 remains true to its DNA. We are absolutely at the vanguard of powertrain technology this year.’

Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F1

 

VJM07 Side

F1Weekly podcast # 647


VJM07 Side

Clark and Nasir review the 2013 season and…

SAHARA FORCE INDIA GIVES US A SNEAK PEAK TO 2014—
 
Sahara Force India revealed its dynamic new look today, offering fans and media a first impression of how the VJM07 will look when it is officially presented at next week’s Jerez test session.
 
The new livery brings a fresh trackside image for the team with the introduction of black alongside the traditional colours of saffron, white and green.
 
“The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving,” says Vijay Mallya. “I’ve always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look.”
 
Key to the new look is the introduction of several commercial partners. The logo of telecommunications brand, Claro, appears on the engine cover and signals the start of a multi-year deal with the famous Mexican brand. There will be prominent Claro branding on the drivers’ suits and team kit.
 
The rear wing end plate now includes branding from Roshfrans, the lubricant oils specialists, following last week’s announcement of a multi-year partnership with the team.
 
The new livery also sees branding from Astana, a foundation that supports sporting initiatives by promoting the capital city of Kazakhstan. The Astana logo is positioned on the side of the VJM07’s nose.
 
 “It’s been a busy winter for us on the technical and commercial front,” explains Vijay. “When I founded the team my first ambition was to launch the first Indian team on the grid, but the next stage in our evolution is to develop a global brand. I think that ambition is reflected in the partners we are working with and our world class driver line-up. It certainly feels as though there is the potential for 2014 to be our strongest season yet.”
 
As well as new colours, the changes beneath the skin of the VJM07 are even more extensive due to the new technical regulations. “The new rules have presented us with a huge challenge, but I’m very proud of the approach we have taken and the direction of the technical team,” says Vijay. “It will be fascinating to see how different teams have interpreted the rules and at this stage it’s impossible to predict who has done the best job.”
 
Technical Director, Andrew Green, is quick to emphasise just how different the VJM07 is compared to its predecessor: “Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser. The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we’ve had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way.”
 
Andrew says accommodating the power unit was the biggest challenge: “It’s been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit – it’s the biggest change I’ve witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990. Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimise it in the chassis.”

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