F1 reveals 2021 concept cars with aim to improve racing

16 September, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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But the sport could be set for a completely new revamp in three year's time after plans were revealed to introduce concept cars for 2021.

A concept idea created by F1's managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn has been leaked across social media platforms ahead of this weekend's Singapore race weekend. F1 said the concept is mostly about making a more "aesthetically pleasing" halo. 'What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.

"I was looking at the vehicle presented a couple of days ago by Ross", he told reporters in a news conference after first practise.

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", says Formula 1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn.

"The prime goal of what we are doing is to try and produce cars that are more raceable.at the moment we've got designs that only lose 20 per cent of their performance".

"The current cars, once they get within two or three auto lengths, they can lose up to 50 per cent of their performance", said Brawn. You can't get near it, because as soon as you do you lose performance and fall back, and you see people dropping back and the loss of performance degrades the tyres more than it should do. The prime objective of the work we're doing is to try and produce cars which are more raceable. All I can say is good luck! So the cars out there at the moment, on our assessment, lose 50 percent when they get right behind.

The most notable change in all three concepts is the introduction of fairings near the wheels to improve the airflow, with cars for 2019 already set to include changes to the front wings based on similar principles.


How do we want to continue to develop cars that are lovely for the public?

A more stylistically aggressive approach, and the anticipated switch to 18-inch wheels in 2021, has also been developed on the concept ideas that was shown on Friday. I think one of the things you can see on these cars, the bigger wheels which we plan to go to in 2021, is we give a more modern feel to the vehicle.

The design features pared down front wings and the new, larger wheels, with the kind of detailed sidepods seen on today's F1 cars also missing. As well as that feedback, F1 has been looking at the impact of new regulations in other categories - including the latest IndyCar aerokits - when analyzing its own future direction.

An overhaul of vehicle rules set to be introduced in three years time has led to ideas of changes to the aesthetics of recent Formula One cars.

"Our Formula 2 cars, for instance, lose less performance when they're racing together". We've been sharing some info with IndyCar on their experiences.

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together".

"It is the first time that F1 has majored on these aspects. But I want exciting-looking cars".

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