At the British GP I started talking to someone down at the White Horse. He was helping to run an F1 car simulator. His name was Eddie Ruskin, and for those of you who watch Wheeler Dealers on the Discovery Channel, you may recognise him. He owns a company called Dynamic Mouldings.(http://www.dynamicmouldings.co.uk)
Over the weekend we were having tremendous battles on the simulator, with was only 0.2 seconds behind him! We were starting to work on the car setups together, giving the exact same feedback. I started talking to him about my dhim racking up over 300 laps. I only did around 30, so to be so close was pretty good. He told me that he wants to build his own F1 car, but road legal. He hasn’t seen my designs, but he did mention that we could work together on this project. Essentially what he wants is a 2008/2009/2012 hybrid (he doesn’t like the stepped noses, just like almost every other person on the planet). He likes the sharp bodywork (although when making my designs road legal, the sharpest is a 25mm radius. An actual F1 car is a 10mm radius. (except the sidepods, which are 75mm radius)
We will keep the 2012 wings, with the 2009 nosecones (fairly low) but the sidepods, floor and diffuser will be of 2008 spec.
Eddie is also a rapid response ambulance driver, and this car could theoretically be used as such. Therefore the blue lights will be housed in the camera pod on top of the engine air intake. This means that they are in plain sight. The rear wing endplates will house the brake lights, indicators and reverse lights. The rain light will be the fog light, and the third brake light will be housed in the upper flap of the rear wing.
The mirrors will be mounted on the side of the cockpit as per the 2012 regulations,
The vehicle will actually have two engines. These are 4-cylinder motorcycle engines mounted longitudinally, each having its own seperate exhaust, which blows the centre expansion area to keep the coke bottle shape as narrow as possible for better over-floor and beam wing aero. The front wing is the same as my Hungaroring spec design (so in a way you’re getting a sneak preview of the new front wing too. As the firing order of most engines is 1-3-4-2 having two of them means that we will need to time the ignition together so that there’s one power stroke on every quarter of a turn to maximise output, and minimize vibration. This means that a firing order of 1-8-3-6-4-5-2-7 will be needed to minimize crankshaft twisting, and therefore improve power output. The two crankshafts should be bolted together to create a common shaft.
The gearbox hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we know it will be a 6 speed flappy-paddle gearbox.
The car will not have adjustable brake bias, as it is against IVA regulations. Also IVA regulations state that the rear wheels may not lock up before the front wheels, therefore a bias ratio of 55-45 front-rear will be used. Most road cars use a bias of 75% front and 25% rear. This therefore will be much more stable, but will still lock that inside front wheel under heavy braking, which is spectacular. Overall downforce should be higher than the current figures, this is due to the addition of all those extra flick-ups, a double direct-blown diffuser, curved floor (the outer edge is actually a good 14mm lower than the inner edge), slightly more flexible front wing, and extra slots in the main plane of the rear wing.
Here is the starting point that I’ve come up with, Eddie needs to check it make suggestions for alterations, and then we just add the dim’s to the drawings, ready for construction.
Yes I know the front view has the tyres missing, and also the barge boards, but that’s because the barge boards are yet to be designed, and the tyres hide some detail of the sidepods so…. they are left out for a reason!