Archive for January, 2009

Onboard With the Stig: Renault R24 F1 Car

Posted in Formula 1, Renault with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by autoracingpower

Ever wonder what it would be like to drive a Formula 1 car? This onboard view from Top Gear will give you great idea. This lap in a Renault R24, piloted by everyone’s favorite tame racing driver, gives an excellent first person view.

Click through to view the same lap from a different angle and then the onboard view again.

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Toyota Team May Leave F1 If Season Unsuccessful

Posted in Formula 1, Toyota with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by autoracingpower

toyota-tf109-4The Toyota F1 team may follow fellow Japanese car company Honda and drop out of Formula One if their 2009 campaign is unsuccessful. Toyota is the big team with little results and the incoming Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, is expected to cut costs at the company when he takes control. A Formula One team is huge expense for any company. While a successful team reflects positively upon the brand, a poor-performing team is costly and doesn’t provide enough positive exposure to justify the expense. It looks like Toyota will need to win their first race this season to ensure they continue to race in Formula One.

Source: autoblog.com

F1 Car Launched: BMW Sauber F1.09 Photos

Posted in Formula 1, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by autoracingpower

bmw-sauber-f109-3BMW Sauber has launched their 2009 Formula 1 car, the BMW Sauber F1.09. Team drivers for BMW in the 2009 season will be Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Last season, Kubica and Heidfeld finished in 4th place and 6th place, respectively.

Source: autoblog.com, gpupdate.net

F1 Car Released: Renault R29 Photos

Posted in Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Nelson Piquet Jr with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by autoracingpower

renault-r29Another day, another Formula 1 car released. This time Renault has revealed their 2009 contender, the R29.  This is the car Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet, Jr. will be driving in order to maintain or better their impressive 4th place standing in the Constructors championship. Renault is lucky to have Fernando Alonso to help setup their new car. Alonso is well known for being able to request the correct adjustments to get the most of the car.

Check out other 2009 F1 car releases:
Scuderia Ferrari F60
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24
Toyota TF109
Williams-Toyota FW31

Source: autoblog.com

Williams-Toyota Releases New FW31 F1 Car Photos

Posted in Formula 1, Gallery with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by autoracingpower

2009 Williams FW31 LaunchThere have been a lot of new F1 cars released lately. The style is starting to grow on me. I’ve gone from, “That is ridiculously ugly” to, “That’s not horrible”. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Other F1 Releases: Scuderia Ferrari F60, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24, Toyota TF109

Check out the gallery below for the Williams-Toyota FW31.

Source: autoblog.com

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 Photos, Press Pack and Technical Specification

Posted in Formula 1, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by autoracingpower

vodafone-mclaren-mercedes-mp4-24Ferrari was first with the F60, then Toyota with the TF109, now McLaren has introduced their new 2009 Formula 1 car to the world, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24. Judging from the pictures, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen look very happy with the design of the new car with huge smiles all around. As expected, the look of the car is very similar to the Ferrari F60 and Toyota TF109. A side-by-side comparison of the MP4-24 and last year’s McLaren F1 car may leave you believing that they are taking a step in the wrong direction aesthetically. Don’t blame McLaren. Channel all your rage towards the regulations. Let’s just hope the sacrifice in looks is forgotten as soon as the boys hit the track.

Aerodynamics

This year’s aerodynamic regulations were framed by the FIA and the Overtaking Working Group (helmed by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes engineering director Paddy Lowe, Ferrari’s Rory Byrne and Renault’s Pat Symonds) which met throughout 2007 in order to address the issues affecting passing in Formula 1.

The OWG’s influence can be most clearly seen around the front wing, which has been widened, and the rear wing – which is now more compact. Other factors affecting aerodynamics include the banning of ancillary appendages, the addition of driver-adjustable front-wing flaps and a heavily revised diffuser.

KERS

The MP4-24’s KERS device has been developed in collaboration with McLaren and Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, which has been developing and refining the system for almost two years. The device enables the car to recover energy under braking, store the energy for a lap and release it when the driver presses a button on the steering wheel.

With a fully optimised KERS device’s output capped at 400kJ (discharging 80bhp boost for 6.7s per lap), the development team’s primary focus has already shifted to further improving the unit’s integration within the chassis in order to minimise performance loss elsewhere within the package.

An optimised KERS package can be expected to deliver a 0.3-0.5s gain per lap.

Winter test programme

With in-season track testing now prohibited, the MP4-24 will undergo an intensive winter programme at the following venues prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 29:

Jan 19-22 Portimao Group test one
Feb 10-13 Jerez Group test two
Mar 1-4 Jerez Group test three
Mar 9-12 Barcelona Group test four
Week 12 Private test ahead of transportation to Melbourne

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Chassis McLaren moulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite incorporating front and side impact structures. Contains integral safety fuel cell
Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Rear suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Suspension dampers Koni
Electronics McLaren Electronic Systems control units incorporating electronics for chassis, engine and data acquisition. McLaren Electronic Systems also supplies the electronic dashboard, alternator voltage control, sensors, data analysis and telemetry systems
Bodywork One-piece engine cover and sidepod covers. Separate floor section, structural nose with integral front wing
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Radio Kenwood
Race wheels Enkei
Brake calipers Akebono
Brake master cylinders Akebono
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power-assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems
Engine
Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108W
Capacity 2.4 litres
Cylinders 8
Maximum rpm 18,000 (FIA regulatory limit for 2009)
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore maximum 98mm (FIA regulation)
Number of valves 32
Fuel Mobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Lubricants Mobil 1 – for higher performance, lower friction and better wear resistance
Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)
Transmission
Gearbox Seven forward and one reverse
Semi-auto Yes
Driveshafts McLaren
Clutch Hand-operated

Source: McLaren.com

New F1 Toyota TF109 Car Photos

Posted in Formula 1, Gallery with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2009 by autoracingpower

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The Toyota Formula 1 team has released their new car for the 2009 season with high expectations. Its called the TF109 and Toyota and its fans are hoping this is the car that will finally bring them a Formula 1 victory. The car looks very similar to Ferrari’s new F1 Car, the F60, which was recently unveiled. The teams are forced to conform to the new regulations mandated by the FIA this year. Many of the new regulations are intended to make passing easier and create a more level playing field for the smaller F1 teams. New regulations also have also been created in order to cut costs in this very expensive sport.

Source: autoblog.com