April 17, 2016
I'm no automotive engineer. (These days I'm not really much of an engineer of any kind.) But I had a strange thought last night: how would an F1 car do if it was four-wheel-drive?
Right off the top, I came up with this:
-- It would be less reliable. Every component of a machine has a failure rate, and the more components, the greater the chance that something will fail. However, the increase in the failure rate might not be enough to matter.
-- It would make the car heavier, and thus it would not accelerate as well on straights.
-- It would corner better. If the front wheels are turned and are pulling the car, it's going to be possible to go faster through a turn. That's not so much a question of picking up time, it means the car would corner like softs when it was wearing intermediate tires. So you could get away with fewer pitstops because you spend most of your time on tires which last better.
-- And finally, there's probably a rule against it, or there soon would be. Every time anyone comes up with an interesting feature (like the six-wheel car and the vacuum cleaner car) the spoilsports at F1 outlaw it.
Back in 1982, Williams created the FW08B, a six-wheeled chassis. Unlike the better-known Tyrrell P34 and its four small wheels up front, the FW08B had four wheels in the rear... and all were powered (6x4!). It never actually raced... the given reason was that it would have been a nightmare during pit stops.
The FIA was driven by the FW08B to define a F1 car as having four wheels, with the rear pair only being powered, "accidentally" eliminating more traditional 4WD vehicles at the same time.
Not all that long ago, Red Bull was asked to design their "ultimate F1 car"... and it had standard rear wheel drive. They said the weight increase for 4WD wasn't balanced by the traction improvement.
So that's probably the real reason we won't see 4WD back in F1... it's just not cost-effective anymore.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 17, 2016 12:07 PM (XQ5ac)
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 17, 2016 12:10 PM (XQ5ac)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at April 17, 2016 12:52 PM (v29Tn)
If you understand what I'm saying.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 17, 2016 05:25 PM (XQ5ac)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 17, 2016 06:31 PM (XOPVE)
Electric drive, Pete? I bet electric drive is against the rules, too. They ban anything that looks like fun...
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 17, 2016 07:16 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 17, 2016 07:25 PM (XQ5ac)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 17, 2016 07:59 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 17, 2016 08:25 PM (XQ5ac)
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Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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