This week the F1 teams will be unveiling the new apparently super sexy look for 2017. So far 3 have been revealed and I hope it's only me but I think they look like shite.
A) The gigantic advertising space that some twat flattered by calling it a sharksfin ( that vertical and longitudinal board that stretches from the back of the airbox inlet virtually to the rear wing) is back with a vengeance and bigger and even fuglier than ever.
B) A few mandatory angles designed into the wings and sidepods etc do not necessarily a good looking car make it seems. They look, so far, as if a teenager has been asked to draw what he thinks an F1 car should look like. It looks silly and I feel vaguely insulted on some level that I can't quite put my finger on. It is some kind of dumbing down. If you need a few design angles to tell you that these cars are actually really quite quick..well.
C) Bargeboards, winglets, turning vanes and other similar carbuncles also seem to have made a wholesale comeback too.
So far not impressed at all sorry to say. On the upside for me is, they will be fast, no doubt and I think eventually faster than whoever thought this one up thinks they will be. I hope whoever did think it up doesn't come to regret the decision to fly in the face of all previous legislation that has always sought to keep a cap on an escalation in speed for pretty obvious safety reasons.
I know why the billboards are there, but I wish the regulations were written so that they weren't there. It's strange that no one has sponsors on that space, it's almost like they're ashamed of that disturbing growth.
I don't think they are there because of a regulation or ad space coach. I think they are there because something in the new aero rules "likes" them. They were prevalent a few years ago but have largely disappeared. Merc dropped them saying it added more weight than than they were worth, especially after the Fduct was banned that used to route through them. Now it seems the lower and wider rear wings will be more affected by turbulence and they are back to help with that. Ironic really. Bring in new regs to make em look jazzier, accidentally reintroduce one of the ugliest design traits in motorsport history. Just needs that halo baby hoop thing on there now to finish the look off dunnit?.
Everything is broadcast on NBC Sports here in the U.S. I DVR everything and watch when I wake up. It's a great way to start my day. I actually hate races in the Americas because it ruins my entire Sunday routine, lol.
After all the testing hype, as the old saying goes "when the flag drops the bullshit stops". It will be interesting for sure. These are gonna be pretty mental cars (though a bit lardy for my liking). There is a channel 4 catch up service too you know Dubs if that's what you mean?.
I heard an interview with Steve Matchett (NBC commentator and form Bennetton mechanic) yesterday. He said McLaren looked like a shadow of their former selves in Barcelona. It wasn't just the performance, but they way they looked in the garage. He said it was reminiscent of seeing teams like Brabham and Lotus as they were in their decline in the early 90's.
So saddened by all that. How could a company like Honda get it so wrong?. I think everybody in the team knows that that engine is shite. I mean 20 to 30 clicks down on everything else on the Barca straight according to Alonso!. No wonder they look pissed off.
It was horrific, watched it live and the friend I had over thought he was dead, glad to see the safety crews over so quickly and that he was ok, albeit injured. The crash was eerily similar to Gordon Smiley's fatal crash and James Hinchcliffe's near fatal wreck just a few years ago, and i forsure thought Bourdais was seriously injured. The rumours of Tony Renna's fatal wreck being similar also worried me. Its a fascinating sport, but when stuff like this happens, It wakes up you, and makes you realize, auto racing is incredibly dangerous.
Its shows how much safety has improved in motorsports over the years. Drivers today are so lucky to walkaway with their lives, and non life threatening injuries, especially in Superspeedway crashes. In the span of a week, Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick and now Sebastien Bourdais, can live another day, when just a few years ago, they would be in serious or critical condition.
That was a wicked lick. Amazing work from the safety team who were on the scene within seconds. And like speed said, the advances in the cars and the safety systems in the last 20 years have truly been life savers.
With Porsche rumoured by many sources to pullout of the WEC at the end of the season, that only leaves Toyota as the only other manufacturer in LMP1. IIRC WEC requires atleast two manufacturers for it to be a championship, so it's likely Toyota follows suit and quits aswell. Unlikely scenario has Toyota coming back just for the 24 hours, but it'd be a hollow win with no competition.
That brings an end to what I would call, the Golden Age of Endurance Racing's highest tier. I don't think we'll see anything close to it until atleast 2020. And with more and more companies investing in Formula E(-yuk), and the banning of petrol cars in a few countries by 2040, the next "LMP1" maybe an electric only car. With no incumbent in LMP1 for 2018, I don't see any other manufacturer(Oreca,Onroak/Ligier,Dallara) stepping up with an LMP1 car. LMP2 is far too succesful and competitive to ditch.
An empty space at the top does mean Privateers will most likely win overall at LeMans 2018, but, if the ACO/FIA can give some leeway to the DPis from IMSA, then LeMans would have an exciting lineup come 2018. The DPi is probably the greatest thing to happen to IMSA and sportscar racing in a while, save Porsche returning to LeMans. Manufacturer designed bodywork on already existing LMP2s was brilliant. They're virtually on par with the ELMS LMP2s, just tack on a little BoP and boom. Exciting thrilling racing for atleast a few years. Filling the gap to 2020. Oh, and did I mention Joest and Mazda are teaming in an IMSA DPi next year? How rad would it be for Joest to return to LeMans and claim another win for Mazda!
Not to mention, the Captain, Roger Penske with HondaHPD/Acura will be launching a DPi aswell next year. Plus I've read a few ELMS LMP2s will be doing the two Florida races, IMSA 2018 is going to be crazy awesome.
EDIT: and its not like the ACO totally hates IMSA, the overall winners of the Daytona24 IIRC, get a invite to run LeMans
Have not really followed the upheavals in LMP1. Hope they get it sorted. Like group C, LMP1 was awesome for a while there. I did hear some of the new regs being touted for 2018 and thought they sounded pretty stupid myself so can easily see why manufacturer interest appears to have bottomed out for LMP1.
Moving on to F1 for a moment. Ready or not, here it comes, the fucking so called "halo" cockpit protection "system". 2018 will(apparently)see the mandatory introduction of this hideous sop to modern pussified political correctness happen. 100+years of open cockpit man racing done and dusted due to everyone now being a girl that thinks they are going to live forever if they just have a sign in their car's rear window saying "baby onboard".
Does the recent announcement for the sale of petrol powered cars being banned from 2040 onwards in the UK mean Saudi Arabia and their ilk will soon after be off the list of cocks that need to be sucked for the rest of the World's governments?. Back to scrubbing camel's arses rather than spending billions promoting their own particular brand of c***ism then a?. HA HA.
Oooooh, political badinage, how risque!.
p.s Formula E is your kids future. I pity them. I myself will forever be blessed with memories of real racing reciprocating otto cycle engines powered by fossil fuels. BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRP! to the max. Rock on Tommy.
p.p.s You really dipped out if you didn't catch anything of the recently Youtubed live Goodwood Festival of Speed. Good news is you can still catchup with some of it on their dedicated site on Youtube.
Post by SPEEDSTER0595 on Jul 28, 2017 14:27:02 GMT
Even noicer piece T.
The entire esscence of open wheel racing, always included an open cockpit. If we're adding fugly ornaments on the car for safety, why not just close the whole dang thing, slap some doors and fenders on it and bam, you're safe!
Oh wait, we did, it's called LMP1, that turned out alright, right?
I would love to see Penske take a crack at Le Mans, with JPM at the wheel shooting for the triple crown of course. I think in this era of specialization he's proven to be the best all around driver of his generation.
My biggest beef with the halo is that it's an ugly reactionary device. USAC first mandated roll cages in midgets and sprint cars in 1971. If they had also mandated them in Champ cars (Indy) I think we would have seen a natural evolution to a much better and sleeker design. The new 2018 Indy cars are designed to accept a windscreen once that's fully developed, but they aren't rushing anything half assed out like the halo.
Formula-E is the future. I've always joked that true racing fans would go see golf carts if the racing was good, I guess time will tell if that's true. Removing the sounds (and smells) from a track definitely takes away a lot of the appeal to me. There's nothing cooler than pulling into a parking lot and hearing cars on track practicing. And there's something about the smell of racing fuel, burnt rubber and brakes mixing together that just makes a hot dog and beer taste even better. When I think of my favorite tracks I can actually smell the differences between them. That will be a huge change for me, and i'll be sad when the day comes that real race cars disappear.
Post by SPEEDSTER0595 on Jul 31, 2017 18:27:20 GMT
This was the reason Montoya stuck around at Penske, only doing the 500 part time. He just needs the ACO to budge on DPis, then the triple crown is his to lose. Seeing him capture the triple crown in our lifetime, will be magical.
The Penske line-up for their DPi is going to be star-studded! Possibly seeing JPM, Helio, Ozz Negri, Mark Wilkins, and if they can poach Andy Lally and Katherine Legge from MSR, they're gonna be stacked. If they bring a car on par with the rest of the ELMS field, they'll take LeMans, no doubt.