March 05, 2010

F1 Pr0n: Hispania Racing Team HRT

Okay, here's the moment you've all been waiting for: more pictures of the HRT HRT (yes, that's really it's name)!

Okay, the first thing I can say is that this car is going to be able to outbrake anything on the planet.  Look at the size of those brake ducts!  Merciful Monza, those things are huge!  They'd be able to ingest a watermelon!

Then there's that front wing.  Yesterday I called it "simple", and now I'm going to go a little bit farther and call it "really simple."  I can make a more complex curve with a sheet of 3/4" plywood... and a plain sheet of plywood would probably create more downforce.

Let's look more, shall we?

How do I know it's a start-up team?  They've got the wrong tire on the front-right corner.  Notice the arrow is pointing opposite the direction of travel (see the rear tire for the way it should be pointing).  Yes, I know it's probably so the "Bridgestone" is on top and reading the right way, but it's still a little... surprising.  As long as they get it sorted out in time for the race...

The color is still really ugly.

Unlike every other car on the grid, the HRT HRT has a suspension made out of metal, instead of carbon fiber.  According to driver Bruno Senna, this makes the car about 20kg heavier than everybody else.  Sure, they can remove that much ballast but it's still not a good sign.

I reiterate: watermelons.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:29 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Those ducts are cooling air for the brakes?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 05, 2010 11:13 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yah.  Teams change them depending on the brake requirements for each track.  Some places, like Monza, don't use the brakes much and don't need to have as much cooling, so the ducts are very small.  At a track like Canada, however, the brakes are abused and get large ducts.

But these are the clown shoes of the brake duct world.  Perhaps if they were racing on the surface of Mercury, they would be appropriate. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 05, 2010 11:55 PM (mfPs/)

3 A lot of this is guided by the capabilities of Dallara to manufacture a chassis... on time. It's better to be in Bahrain than not to be in Bahrain.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 06, 2010 12:53 AM (/ppBw)


At a track like Canada, however, the brakes are abused and get large ducts.

One might almost call them "Wonderducts", eh?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 06, 2010 01:07 AM (+rSRq)

5 ...oh, Steven.

Posted by: GreyDuck at March 06, 2010 01:27 AM (o5Lvb)

6 *facewing*

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 06, 2010 03:33 AM (mfPs/)

7 IIRC, BAR's first car also had metal suspension components, and look how well they did in their first season.  Also IIRC, everybody else on the grid had gone to carbon-fiber suspension parts when BAR was running with metal--and that was back in 1999.  Using metal suspension parts today puts HRT into the F1 equivalent of the Stone Age.

Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at March 06, 2010 09:27 AM (c62wM)

8 Better stone age than USF1

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 07, 2010 11:22 PM (/ppBw)

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