McLaren says that in 2017, “some curves are classified as straight”


The new technical regulations of Formula 1 for the season 2017 has opened up the possibility of seeing cars much faster than in the recent past, seeking to destroy the records in the circuit for the V10 that the recent era V6 Turbo has already started to put in question, and even beat it in certain circuits. The main contribution of this improvement in lap times will be linked to the progression aerodynamics of the cars.

With ailerons wider and defined, and a greater openness of the regulation in that aerodynamic components are referred to, it is estimated that the improvement of the times will be between three and five seconds, depending on the circuit. Although the development without limiting any of the V6 engines will have their responsibility, the possibility of taking curves at speeds unusual will be the main feature of these new cars, the exact opposite of that pursued by the change of 2014 in that sense.

The technical director of McLaren,, Tim Goss, is one of the that it is clear that these changes will affect how you approach the preparation of certain circuits. In an article on the team’s website, Goss says that, in certain corners, you will be able to go deeper when it was something that was impractical until now, and that such turns will have the consideration of curve for engineers.

“One of the consequences is that no longer be classified in some corners as ‘curves’. Engineers define a curve as a point of the circuit in which the pilot has to lift the foot, and essentially, driving the car to get through it. If you pass a curve, and the accelerator pedal is trodden to fund, what we classify as a straight. Given that new cars will be faster, some of the curves of 2016 will be classified as ‘straight’, but as they go faster in them, will be subject to more G-forces, and that continues to be tiring for the body”.

“it Is one of the most significant changes we’ve had,”

The physical demand will be one of the key factors in the first few races, and could make a difference, as asserted recently Jolyon Palmer. According to Goss, “the pilots say that these cars will be more challenging, and that you have to work hard and concentrate more to get the best out of them. The intention was that the cars looked very aggressive and make them faster, while the Formula 1 was on the top of motor racing in terms of pure speed, and more difficult to drive. With this we do not mean that they are difficult for the drivers, if not that are physically more demanding, to get out of the car, having had to work hard, as they have done in the past.

Goss places the change between the cars of 2016 and 2017 as one of the most significant that we’ve had, although it specifies that there were greater in the past: (“The change between 1982 and 1983 of the ground effect to the flat bottoms had a huge impact on performance”). It leaves open the possibility that there a change in the established order, which would favour McLaren, and says that “what tends to happen then is that the teams are better equipped tend to go back to first posts”.

he Also notes that the car of the year next to each other “will be very similar to a normal person, but the boys of aerodynamics have been battling to correct the flow structures at different heights of gear for months. We have had to rethink many areas different areas of the car, because you have been acting different to how they did it before”. In appearance, the qualify of “more low and ‘stocky’. With a rear wing and lower, wider tires and a diffuser that big, they look great“.