Link: Lotus E23 render analysis

e23 nose

A link to yet another render image analysis for Richland F1, this time of the Mercedes-powered Lotus E23 which you can find here.

The nose solution they have this year is quite interesting – instead of extending a stub out of the main bulk of the nose, Lotus have opted to attach it to the bottom. Of course this limits the amount of flow available into the splitter region but let’s not forget that the ‘chin’ solution has been used by the team before (2009, when they were formerly known as Renault), so they know what they’re doing.

I would say that they’re trying to use the neutral section of the front wing coupled with the chin to accelerate flow and induce a bit of downforce. The nose is also sculpted on each side to invite flow in beneath the chassis, helped by its narrow width. In other words, they could be onto a winner here…

Link: Tech in F1 2015 first impressions

Here is a link to my first impressions on tech in F1 this year by dissecting the early releases from Williams and Force India, which you can find here.

A full analysis of all the cars will be on Richland F1 when they are released, plus a more comprehensive version of the top 5 teams (Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren) will be on this blog with a few more drawings. It’s about to get very busy!

The Mercedes W05: How it dominated in 2014 – Part 1

Mercedes W05 review

Here it is! The first part of our eBook magazine series by myself and Matthew Somerfield is available to purchase on Google Play. Part 1 covers the team structure (highlighting key personnel), the history of the team, the fundamental changes to the F1 regulations for 2014 (including a comparison between the W04 and the W05) and a review of each race with explanations for any of the technical failures that occurred on the W05 throughout the year.

Click the link at the bottom of this post to purchase!

A desktop view of our eBook when read via Google Play

A desktop view of our eBook when read via Google Play

Unfortunately it is not going up on iTunes for the foreseeable future but if you own an Apple device then you can download the Google Play Books app and view it on there. Alternatively, it looks great on a desktop computer or laptop where you can also access the Google Play store.

Part 2 is already well under way. The next three issues will go through the aerodynamics/chassis, the award-winning Mercedes PU106A Hybrid power unit/complete drivetrain and a conclusive part tying all of these elements together.

You can ‘try before you buy’ if you wish to do so by reading the free sample, also available in the link below.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matthew_Somerfield_The_Mercedes_W05_How_it_dominat?id=w-TuBQAAQBAJ

Analysis: Brake-by-Wire

This may seem like old news now but I figured I’d do this analysis anyway because it helps me understand these things, and hopefully it helps you too!

In 2014 the FIA allowed F1 teams to use a “powered control system” on the rear brake system as the additional regenerative capabilities of the MGU-K under the current regulations resulted in inconsistent retardation of the rear axle. Not that the teams had a choice as to whether they used such a system, as a conventional hydraulic setup would be incredibly inconsistent and – more importantly – unnatural to the driver. This system is more commonly known as brake-by-wire (BBW)

So what exactly happens when the driver hits the brake pedal?

BBW

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Would you like to see videos explaining tech in F1?

Simple question that I need you to answer! Would love to know your opinion on this. Please comment the reason behind your answer if possible as it could give me ideas as to how to move this blog and other projects forward in 2015.

Analysis: 2015 predictions

2015 is just around the corner and, for the second year running, I have drawn up some predictions as to what we could see next season. The new nose regulations will make a noticeable difference to the appearance of the cars next year – gone are the ‘finger’ (or ‘anteater’ or whatever you want to call them!) appendages and in their place will be designs similar to that on the Mercedes/Ferrari or Williams, depending on how the engineers interpret the rules.

2015 side & plan

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Analysis: Sebastian Vettel’s 2014 issues explained

Sebastian Vettel has had his worst Formula 1 season to date, comprehensively beaten by his younger teammate and generally never getting to grips with the Red Bull RB10. A lot has been said as to why this is the case, so I decided to throw my thoughts up on Richland F1 from a technical perspective.

I don’t talk about the mind games or the internal politics in this piece: this is 100% looking at the potential reasons behind Vettel’s poor performances from a driver/car relationship perspective. It’s already had quite a few comments left by readers at the bottom and I’d love to see some more. Read it here – http://richlandf1.com/?p=31939

Apologies for the lack of posts up on here. I am primarily concentrating on the Mercedes W05 eBook (which is coming very, very soon by the way) and also revising for January exams!

I hope to get a post or two up before the end of the year, hopefully something on why some drivers are more sensitive to rear brake locking under the new regulations plus my 2015 prediction drawing.

A short message: thank you so much for reading this blog. I’ve had an amazing year and my following only continues to grow. I couldn’t really have imagined how far I would get with this blog and I hope this is just the start of something bigger. I always want to improve my content and I’ve got some ideas lined up for 2015 which you might enjoy. 

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!