is Probably one of the most innovative cars of Ferrari in the last decade, with quite a few changes to adapt to the new regulation and not only that, but the Maranello, despite the departure of James Allison have proposed a design very striking and risky, in part because that co-op of talent to which he has referred to Sergio Marchionne at time of sign engineers top. The colors remain the same, unlike most of the cars presented this year, that they have decided to take advantage of the change to make tweaks in your decorations. Has not been the case of the Ferrari SF70-H. That has been the chosen name, despite the fact that Santander said a few weeks ago on your social networks that would be a tribute to Jules Bianchi by calling SF17-JB, something that is then denied, and finally have not been reminiscent of a young pilot who died in 2014.
The italians have had very bad seasons, they carry far too many years without winning the world cup and in the was post-Schumacher (with Ferrari more Italian than never) seemed very lost. Have not adapted to the technical advances and have had to content himself with copying to other concepts sn too successful. Even you have heard many jokes and jibes about the “involutions” or “peoras” that Ferrari brought to each race, making the car each time would work worse instead of better. But honestly, this year seem to have wanted to get rid of all this with a design the less eye-catching. Will it work? What is certain is that it looks pretty good the new car, and with the permission of their rivals may be struggling up, although it seems that the struggle will be Mercedes vs Red Bull, that is to say, a trip to the past to how we ended the thing last season.
In terms of the engine, in Maranello have taken drive power quite in secret, nor have they shown a render of the design as done by Honda, Mercedes and Renault. Nor have they wanted to show us the sound as the rest of the bikers to 2017. I still remember the urge I had that Fernando Alonso had a good car in 2014 with the change of rules, and the speeches of Marc Gené at the press boasting that the engine was better gave to the italians and, to paraphrase Enzo Ferrari (“aerodynamics is for failures who do not know how to make engines“). Ferrari wanted a competition engine, and when have had, it is true that it has been pretty bad. It was rumored that Mercedes you had to lend a hand to the red with the engine to encourage a little bit of the F1 and give some more prestige to the victories of Mercedes, as they were more interested in winning the mythical Ferrari or another brand. That’s why they had a “wake up” in 2015. And these rumors not only coming from the paddock, but who came to assure himself Bernie Ecclestone.
Without the external assistance, Mercedes remains the favourite, although it is true that you have improved a lot and this year they are experimenting with some new features and new technologies, such as 3D printing to manufacture some of the parts of the combustion chamber, as are the pistons in order to generate something more complex that would be difficult to obtain with the methods of manufacturing traditional. It should give you better performance, but will have to see how they work, and the rest of improvements that the engineers put into the new hybrid engine.
There is to take off the hat with the design that has left us to see, although some critical voices such as Alain Prost have said that Ferrari is not going to win this season, since I have never adapted well to the new technical regulations when they have been changes as drastic as this year. But regardless of the critical voices, it is seen that they have done a great job, with a nose very broad that follows the trend of the past year, with some brackets that extend back to mode routers flow and a front spoiler and wider and in the shape of a delta adapted to the new rules. Suspensions front is also appreciated in this image, and from that to test these pull-rod front and fracasasen, have returned to the traditional scheme of the push-rod front, as in the last season.
The airbox is quite normal, little to stand in that area, with the outlet rounded of air, and another hole below it for cooling. But without deflecting the view of that area, there is one thing that attracts attention, and is there are a few decks that you can see in the image, the style of the T-wing tested by Mercedes in the first test they had. Therefore, we can confirm that this is not a trick or test illegal as it was believed, but that they can use it as a solution on multiple computers. Returning to the area in front, the air brakes have grown, it is something that we have already seen in other cars, and this might be due to the new cooling requirements of the new brake discs more widths that have been introduced in this season.
In the top view, we see interesting details, like that the S-Duct is present in the nose, and the rear part of the car is pretty tight, though not as extreme as the one we saw in the case of Mercedes. What is certain is that they have focused much of their work in the middle area of the car, with some complex turning vanes, a row of a few large bargeboards, accompanied by a few profiles (and I am not referring to the canards that were already present in the past) in the nose to channel the air towards the back. We also see that you have worked in the iron fiber of the flat bottom, with slots and profiles that help to improve the efficiency of the fund and the diffuser, sealing the area against a turbulent flow.
If you look at the picture of the front and at the top of the car, we see that the pontoons are very innovative, very different to those seen in other designs. The truth is that every team seems to have presented solutions are very different, but the Ferrari is particularly rare. The air intakes have been refined a lot, are very narrow and wide at the sides. The fairing of the same show an elevation in the area of the mouth adjacent to the cockpit, which creates a depression that pulls a large amount of air to the lowest area of the pontoon and that will travel to the rear area of the car. And making a parenthesis, it strikes me that nearly all of the designs seen so far have much reduced the intakes of cooling, which means that the riders have been working on reliability at high temperatures, so you don’t need so much opening… I Continue with another detail not seen in other cars, and they are huge holes that are on the sidepods, and that can be designed to alleviate some of the drag generated by that area, releasing some of the pressure leaving the escape of the excess air on the pontoon towards the back.
In terms of the detail of the bargeboards, better seen in this other photo, are large plates in the beginning and that is greatly reduced as we get closer to the back, leaving more air to the zone of depression under the air intake of the pontoon. In addition, we see a lot of complexity in the air conditioners of the sidepods, with a great floorplan and is supported by a horizontal support attached to the hull and which has two slots. But in addition to this widget, also appear other aletines united to the pontoon with the goal of redirecting the air towards the rear area. As also happens in the Mercedes, and other designs, Ferrari has used the supports of the mirrors also have planes or airfoils with no other purpose than the mere fact of holding the mirrors.
shark fin is also present in this car, it is pretty big and with the T-wing of which we speak. Under where is the camera onboard of the car, also there are other aletines black and fine that are found at the same height as the T-wing to the end of the shark fin, so that could be an add-on for it, rerouting the air into it. Finally, the diffuser appeared covered in the presentation, and the rear spoiler features a very simple design in your main layout, straight and without too many details. The endplates of it that take the shape curve and inclined backward, that is in all cars from 2017.
Conclusion, it seems like a very good car, lack of know three fundamental details. The first is the work that you have done the others, because for the very good work you’ve done yourself, if others have done it better, of little use. Another important detail is to see how they behave with the new engines at the start of the season in terms of reliability, since many changes have been made with the withdrawal of the tokens, in addition to see if Ferrari has made an effort in that sense. The last detail is to see if the concepts of the aerodynamic work, because sometimes something very innovative, you can not result when you test on track, despite the data given by the wind tunnel and CFD…