Posted on December 30, 2009

We are coming to the end of this Christmas series. I hope you have found it interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for all your comments. The sport is fully engaged at the moment in thinking about its short term future; how to spice up the racing, how to balance sport with entertainment and how best to harness the power of the online media to boost the following. I thought it would be interesting to look a little further ahead and that is what this series has been all about. The final post is on simulation tools, commonly used today by More…

Posted on December 29, 2009

So far we have looked at one area which has got to change for society’s sake, namely engines and one which has to change for the sake of the show, which is aerodynamics. But both are likely to be refinements of what we have today, evolutions rather than any revolution. The materials from which F1 cars are made is probably the area where the biggest changes will occur to the sport in the future. Again it will be set by the rules, with some extremely expensive materials likely to be banned in the interests of cost control, but there is More…

Posted on December 28, 2009

When you contemplate the F1 cars of the future you imagine their shape and that is all about aerodynamics. F1 cars haven’t changed much in looks over the past 30 years and there is no reason why they should – you cannot uninvent aerodynamics. Lotus F1 technical director Mike Gascoyne pointed out that aeroplanes have changed little in looks and fundamental layout since the monoplanes of the World War I and so projecting forwards, there is no real reason why F1 cars should change much in looks over the next 20 years. Not everyone in F1 shares that view, however. More…

Posted on December 27, 2009

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas so far. Given widespread concerns about global warming and the environment, the conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels for entertainment is a concept that has a limited shelf life and it present risks for the sport. This is the key area where innovation is essential for survival – it’s as simple as that. Perhaps given the seriousness of the situation, many of your ideas concern the engines, fuel economy and alternatives for the future. F1 cars will always be light and will need a lot of power from the engine. Most engineers agree that More…

Posted on December 26, 2009

F1 cars have been essentially the same shape for sixty years – petrol engined single seaters with uncovered wheels – apart from the Mercedes cars of 1954. But does it have to stay that way? If technology allows cars to race very close together – or cluster racing – but safely, then the wheels would need to be covered up and the shape would change completely. An engineer will say that to answer the question of what the cars will look like in the future you need to know what the rules will say in 2050. It’s an obvious point, More…

Posted on December 25, 2009

Over this Christmas holiday period I thought it would be good to have an interactive daily series looking at what F1 might be like in the future. I’ve prepared some content I hope you will find thought provoking. Each day I will do a specific post relating to this futuristic theme. Tomorrow we will look at what F1 cars might look like in the future, there will be posts on the engines of the future, aerodynamics, simulation tools and how the racing might be. Why is it interactive? Because I will post some thought starters and I would love it More…

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