January 15, 2009
Let's look at some still shots of the car...
A-yup. Or not.
Buttons asks if the front wing is adjustable from the cockpit now... and the answer is yep! Twice a lap, the drivers can make a manual adjustment to the nose wing, over a six-degree angle. Should make passing a little bit easier. Other rules changes include an engine having to last three races (from two last season), teams only getting eight engines per car per season (which makes you wonder what'll happen if they blow eight in eight races...), the addition of KERS (Kinetic Enegery Recovery System, a system that draws energy from braking and applies it to a battery or flywheel... which can then be used in a push-to-pass system, which'll add about 80hp when engaged), limiting the engines to 18000rpm (from 19000 last year), and of course, slick tires.
I agree that the new cars look a lot cleaner.
Are they permitted to charge the KERS before the race begins? So that they can use it at the start?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 15, 2009 06:35 PM (+rSRq)
Near as I can tell then, it can be charged and ready to go when the lights go out, as long as it charges on the track. Leastwise, the rules don't specifically prevent it, and even if the KERS was bone-dry when the car left the pits, it'd get two full laps (recon and formation) to charge before the race started.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 15, 2009 08:51 PM (sh9fy)
Well, then, that should make the starts even more exciting, eh?
If it takes a lot of braking to charge it up during those two laps, I wonder if we'll get accidents when people rear-end others who are aggressively charging?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 15, 2009 10:19 PM (+rSRq)
Another sleek look, although it's hard to look much sleeker than the new Ferrari.
Can't wait to see the new McLaren.
Posted by: Mallory at January 16, 2009 07:58 AM (3sife)
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