Allison: To build the engine and chassis together is a nice advantage for Ferrari
20 December, 2013
Ferrari believes that the fact that they build their power units and chassis in house at Maranello will give them an advantage as Formula 1 enters a brand new V6 turbo engine era.
During an event at the team’s headquarters on Thursday, presenting the new turbo unit – designated 059/3 - technical director James Allison declared, “Being able to build the engine and chassis together is definitely a nice advantage for Ferrari. Other teams cannot do the same and this year, like never before, installing the new power unit in the car’s chassis will be a complex operation.”
“I’ve got direct experience of that from my time at Lotus: it’s true [that] the engine supplier tries to meet your demands, but it’s never the same thing as happens here, where there is a historical culture relating to a common task of defining and developing the design of the new car.”
Mercedes is the only other team which currently enjoy the same advantage, while Ferrari have been building their F1 race cars and engines under same roof since 1950.
“We have worked side by side with our chassis colleagues over the years,” added Marmorini. “Precisely because we know [that] there is no point in we engine engineers pushing too much emphasis on our single project if then it doesn’t adapt to a winning car. This is the case not just as far as the engine is concerned, but also relates to all the other elements of this powertrain which, as you can understand, is much more complex than in the past.”
“All I can say is I agree with Luca,” concluded James. “That argument also holds true for an element which, in recent years has been the centre of attention, namely the exhausts. Blowing them offered interesting technical challenges, but I have to say that, personally, I am pleased [that exhaust blowing] has been eliminated and that we can go back to designing exhausts aimed at getting the most out of the power of the engine.”
The Italian team’s long association with Shell will continue, the oil company’s vice president of Fuels Technology Andrew Foulds said, “The FIA regulations concerning fuel and lubricants have remained unchanged, but the demands of the new powertrain are radically different compared to those of its predecessor, which has given us the freedom to explore new areas and to introduce innovations. The change of configuration is important for us, as is the limit to how much fuel can be used per race. Finding a fuel that offers power and efficiency is like finding the Holy Grail.”
“Furthermore, we have to deal with an increased life cycle for each unit. With only five power units available per driver over the course of the season, it’s a very complicated exercise to push on the performance front, while maintaining the reliability of which Ferrari and Shell are justly proud,” added Foulds.
The first running of the 059/3 will be at the thirst test of the 2014 season at Jerez de la Frontera from 28-31 January. The team is expected to unveil its 2014 challenger a week prior to departing for the test in Spain. (GP247)
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