The second of the major Formula 1 teams to officially reveal their 2014 Formula 1 title challenger was Ferrari.
In another online only reveal the most successful marque in Formula 1 history presented the Ferrari F14-T to the world a short while ago. The name, selected in an online poll by Ferrari fans, indicates the championship year and gives a nod to the return of Turbo to the Formula 1 "power units".
Dressed in traditional Ferrari red, with black accents, and with the recently recommitted Santander sponsors' logo prominent on the rear wing again, the F14-T clearly shows its Ferrari pedigree. Even with the introduction of some stiff design challenges for the 2014 season.
Perhaps the most talked about aspect of the 2014 Formula 1 field, the nose, is markedly different to those to be seen on the McLaren MP4-29, and suggested by the Williams and Lotus teams. Instead of the "anteater" approach that we see in the McLaren and Williams, or the "two tusks" version that Lotus revealed in it's graphics, Ferrari have opted for a wider, flatter nose, almost an inverted scoop. The term "hoover" has been heard.
The side profile of the new Ferrari shows a slight bulge followed by a marked slope starting from the front axle line which ends in the flared front nose on the protruding front wing assembly. Also rather striking is a distinct difference in the size of the side airpod intakes and the unusually small airbox above the drivers head.
For more pictures and video head over to the Ferrari F14T mini site and see it all for yourself.
Here are the Ferrari F14-Ts technical specifications, as revealed at the launch:
- Chassis in carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
- Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
- Servo controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential
- Semiautomatic sequential and electronically controlled gearbox with quick shift
- Number of gears 8 +Reverse
- Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes (front and rear) and brake by wire rear brakes
- Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
- Weight with water, lubricant and driver 691 kg
- OZ Wheels (front and rear) 13”
- Battery Energy (per lap) 4 Mj
- MGU-K power 120 kW
- MGU-K max revs 50'000 rpm
- MGU-H max revs 125'000 rpm
The F14 T is the sixtieth car built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. The name comes from the combination of the current year and the introduction of the turbo-compressor in the Power Unit. Although the traditional gestation period for a new Formula 1 design is little over twelve months, this project, which goes by the internal code name 665, began life more than two years ago.
Chassis Followers of the Scuderia will be able to see some of the heritage of earlier Ferrari designs in the F14 T – the obvious areas of continuity are the pull-rod front and rear suspension. However, beyond this superficial similarity there is little to connect the 2014 car to its predecessors. Externally, the car is very different to the cars of recent years: changes to the regulations to lower the chassis and nose in the interests of driver safety give the F14 T a very different appearance to the F138 and presented the designers with a real challenge to repackage the front suspension into a much lower monocoque.
The 2014 rear wing family shares nothing with the previous year owing to three rule changes requiring a much larger stroke DRS, a much smaller overall rear wing depth and removal of the beam wing, thereby requiring the main plane to be supported by central pillars. The front wing is regulated to be 75mm narrower per side in order to make it less vulnerable to collisions with other cars and with the barriers. This change, perhaps one of the less noticeable visual differences to the 2013 cars, has a profound effect on the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The front wings used since 2009 have all featured elaborate measures to encourage the wake of the front wing endplates to pass around the outside of the front tyres in order to maximize the downforce on the car. An innocent change of just 75mm to the position of the wing tip has required us to reinvent completely the front wing aerodynamics for 2014.
Integration Although the external differences are striking, the largest areas of difference occur beneath the skin of the car. The new car has completely different cooling requirements from any of its predecessors. Engine oil and water radiators shrink in size to match the relatively smaller V6 internal combustion part of the Power Unit. However, new homes had to be found to accommodate an intercooler for the turbo-compressor system and to manage heat rejection from ERS components that are many times greater than their KERS antecedents.
Brakes The braking system has been completely redesigned to adapt the car to the change in the regulations: This has involved ensuring greater capacity on the front axle, while working with Brembo to reduce the size of the hydraulic caliper at the rear to compensate for the greater braking effort that is supplied by the ERS motor. In addition, as permitted by the regulation, the F14 T will have a brake-by-wire system for the first time to allow us to optimize pedal consistency and brake balance control as the ERS braking contribution changes during the braking manoeuvre.
Transmission The 2014 Power Units produce greater peak power than their 2013 counterparts and do so at lower RPM with higher torque. Furthermore, the regulations require us to fix a choice of just 8 ratios for the season. This places very different requirements on the transmission than any of the previous generation of Formula 1 cars. The F14 T transmission has been designed with the aim of ensuring that we continue to enjoy highly efficient delivery of power through the drivetrain while producing class leading starts and high levels of reliability.
Weight and tyres The sheer complexity of the 2014 regulations produces a layout that is significantly harder to deliver beneath the weight limit (691 kg) than in previous years. Weight control has been an important part of the project from the outset in order to deliver a car with a workable amount of ballast that will permit us to operate and develop the car through the season. Equally important will be the car’s integration with the new tyres that Pirelli is introducing this year. The ability of the F14 T to get the most out of their characteristics will be one of the cornerstones in terms of seeing if our overall efforts will deliver the hoped for results.
New team mates Fernando Alonso and Kim Raikkonen look ready to take on the new season in their new car.