Formula 1 has unveiled its concept cars for the 2021 regulations, with Ross Brawn commenting that he wants the machines to "look better than what you see in a video game".
However, the 2021 rules will only act as a guide for the final designs as the teams will still have the freedom to develop their cars within the regulations in the pursuit of performance. "The aesthetics of the auto for me are very important - I think everyone agrees we want great looking Formula One cars". And F1 is working on a design for a future vehicle that will increase the chances of great fights, all the way down the field, every year.
"We can't eliminate that completely but we can reduce it, so the time differential for one vehicle to attack another can be much less".
The concept image with the Ferrari livery boasts of several design differences over the current F1 auto. The halo stands out straight away with its new curved design flowing better with the lines of the auto along with far greater visibility of the driver's helmet.
Concept 2 is the most aggressive looking of the trio. Some of the current racer's sharp angles have been ditched in favor of smoother lines and rounder panels. We're committed to 18-inch wheels for the future. "We are starting to look at devices that can stabilise the flow as it comes of the wheel.
They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them", Brawn, said.
It should be noted that these are still very much concept designs. Estimating that the current regulations mean a 50 per cent reduction in downforce in this situation, Brawn says the new regulation has improved this by 30 per cent, so that a vehicle only loses 20 per cent downforce.
"One of the primary objectives has been to work on the raceability of these cars and how well they could race each other, how close they could get to each other without losing substantial amounts of performance".
The most notable change in all three concepts is the introduction of fairings near the wheels to improve the airflow, with cars for 2019 already set to include changes to the front wings based on similar principles. "I'm pleased to say we're at about 80 percent", Brawn said. Further details have just been released on the official F1 website, we'll be sure to have a peruse over these and garner information on some of the key changes. "It frustrates me when a auto in a video game looks better than the vehicle that we are racing out on track". "How do (we) want to do it?"
"They said it's a bit underwhelming in their opinion and it looks like an old Champ Car but it's an exercise".