Ferrari Again Considering Indycar
Posted Jul 12 2020 - 12:41 PM
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 04:10 AM
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 07:17 AM
Ferrari quite often produce the fastest most beautiful cars only to be let down by poor management which will probably not change until they move the team back to the F1..... oh sorry I meant UK
Although Indy can be good to watch it is not technically advanced which has always been the trade mark of F1, Other than air time, what is the point of Ferrari or any major manufacturer entering Indy when they have to use someone else's chassis and engine. You could not really call it a Ferrari or Mercedes.
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 07:35 AM
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 08:00 AM
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 08:21 AM
Speaking of spec racers, it took NASCARE til the 21st century to discover fuel injection and finally abandon carburetors, now they may be going to six speed gearboxes (why; those V8s have enough torque that four gears are quite adequate ...unless this presages new, lower torque, engines), and talking of IRS.
(If they want to improve their racing, eliminate the nanny rules, the idiotic chase system, and "stages".)
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 08:38 AM
Edited by KARTM, Jul 13 2020 - 08:46 AM.
Posted Jul 13 2020 - 01:23 PM
F1 engines in '67 - three litre, some teams used a V8, some used a V12, one used an H16; F1 engines today - everyone builds a 1.6 litre V6.
Indycar thirty years ago - four chassis, four engines, two tires; "Indycar" today - one chassis, two engines, one tire.
NASCARE thirty years ago - Rusty Wallace goes from driving a Pontiac to driving a Ford, did they build a new race car? No, they unbolted one hand made, template designed, body and bolted on a different hand made, template designed, body. By that logic I can replace the body on an old VW beetle with a fiberfab F40 replica and claim I'm now driving a Ferrari. (Not to mention every cup car for over forty years now has been powered by, essentially, a Ford 351 Cleveland engine, Ford T-10 gearbox, and Ford 9 bolt rear end; all hand made now to current specs, but definitely no Chevy or Pontiac or Toyota or ... engines.)
This is not a castigation of spec racer series per se. In SCCA the Spec Racer Ford series is one of the most popular (and fun), in professional racing the IROC series was great (just needed more races). But these series were designed from the start as spec racers. I decry series that started with quite a variety of cars and engines and through increasing regulation have become virtually spec racers.
And when such regulations become so nit-picky that they, rather than performance, decide a championship, things have gone too far. (Mark Martin was once docked fifty points for a carburetor gasket being 2mm too thick, he lost the championship that year by about thirty points.)
Arguments that "every team builds their own car/engine" are specious. If I draw up blueprints for a bookcase, specifying in great detail what wood to use, what hinges will be used on the doors, what screws will be used for assembly, etc., and take those blueprints to a dozen different cabinet shops I will get a dozen identical bookcases, differing only in the tiniest detail.
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