Ferrari’s 2011 challenger, F150 was revealed by drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa on Friday, 28 January 2011 at Maranello. Ferrari F150 will compete in the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship. Ferrari F150 car appears to be advanced at first quick look. F150 car has some interesting features and generally it must be perceived as a conformist and literal approach to the new rules and brings the power of the team’s two previous cars. In Ferrari F150, openings for the side air intakes are decreased in size, whereas the layout of the dynamic one over the driver’s head has been modified.
A new design is featured in the rear suspension, whereas the front has been modified, these changes are to the front part of the chassis. In association with Brembo, the braking system has been totally redesigned. The “V” nose might be inefficient as the height of the dash and front bulkheads are limited to a maximum height. More flow under the car was allowed without putting too much heavy structure high up by V-noses. At present, drivers might see a return to the simpler rectangular chassis cross section, with the top edge at the 670mm limit, which makes the most space underneath to maximize space under the nose.
Ferrari contains a near flat top and the line from the cockpit opening rises up 45mm from the dash to the front wheels. Ferrari F150 seems longer due to section of chassis attach to the suspension. Access to the pedals, heave spring and GPS aerial are allowed by access hatches on the top of the chassis. Aero around the front end is mainly carried with vanes lynching from the nose cone then bigger bargeboards and pod wings mounted previous to the sidepods. From the past two years, the sidepods themselves are an evolution of ideas. The inlets have been made into a more distinctive sideways “U” shape and the distinctive peak is above the inlet.
At present, this peak is associated to a small removable panel that might be either for a cooling outlet or for smaller oil/KERS coolers mounted alone in this area. A more aggressive undercut is created by revised sidepod inlet but for the radiators to fit between the fuel tank and bodywork, the sidepod has to be comparatively wide between the Shell and Acer logo. With a generous hot air outlet, sidepods sweep into a coke bottle shape at its tail. The exhausts that blow over the diffuser are hidden by this rounded rear section also. The exhaust is slash to exit through the side of the bodywork sooner than poking out of the sidepods’ end.
Ferrari F150 has come with the rear wing at the back, the entire wing mounted to the central pylon, and the beam wing that spans the endplates and sits fully expose din the airflow. The wing is allowed to open the slot up apparently inside the wings supporting pylon by the mechanism with the top rear wing. To change the wings flap position, the curved bracket protruding from the pylon moves up and down possibly by hydraulics fed up from the gearbox. The flap pivots set into the flap trailing edge via pins. Possibly to decrease its effective geometry, a distinctive “V” has been cut into the flaps trailing edge, because the engine cover and wing adjusting mechanism obstructs airflow where it sits.
The front and rear suspension are being associated to control the car’s attitude and either to control pitch, when the nose rising or lowering through acceleration/braking or distort, a mix of pitch and roll. By maintaining the underfloor in the exact attitude relative the track, this passive system could help aerodynamics. Ferrari has noticeably planned a variety of rockers, dampers and springs into a much smaller space devoid of the large lumps in the rear bodywork. The MGU offset is placed from the front of the crank and attached to the oil tank by the KERS system, because the engines oil cools the unit. The oil tank is quite large and Ferrari F150 also contains another tank above the clutch within the gearbox.
The team principal and some designers already indicated at the launch that during winter testing, the car would visually still change a lot. For instance, the front wing is still a 2010 specification, whereas the diffuser seems similar to a first iteration just to match the new regulations. The car incorporates KERS this is the positive point of it.
Ferrari F150 Chassis Specifications:
- Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
- Limited-slip differential
- Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
- Semi-automatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift
- Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
- Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg
- Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
- BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13”
- Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
- Type: 056
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Piston bore: 98 mm
- Fuel: Shell V-Power
- Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra
- Weight > 95 kg
- Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium V 90°
- Total displacement: 2398 cm3
- Electronic injection and ignition
- Number of valves: 32
- Pneumatic distribution
Video of F1 2011 Ferrari F150 Team Presentation from youtube: