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him

18" Wheels on F1 cars...



I think is about bloody time personally, but can't help think it looks a little "chavvy", maybe it is the Saxo sticker?  

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/0...i-lotus-begin-18-inch-wheel-test/

Overall I am in favour though...
simonp

Looks weird. What size were the old ones?
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

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Humphrey The Pug

Looks pretty cool, however the whole dynamic, set up and buld of the car would have to change I would have thought, due to the much thinner side walls of the tyres.
him

The suspension will certainly have more work to do, that is part of the reasoning for potentially making the change.

I wonder if the FIA will then allow larger diameter brakes?
simonp

I hope so, as it looks like a raced up Nova at the moment. Mind you, the last thing an F1 car needs is more powerful brakes!
him

The brakes do need help with cooling though...
Tim

It's a no-brainer as F1 have changed the engines to follow fashion (oops, I mean ecologically sound reasoning for down-sizing and turbocharging) then the wheel size should be the same.
BeN

I actually think it looks pretty nice.
Twelfth Monkey

Long overdue.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I'd prefer a half-way house, somewhere between the top photo and the current tyres.  Short sidewalls on open-wheel racing car tyres just look all wrong, to me
Martin

simonp wrote:
I hope so, as it looks like a raced up Nova at the moment. Mind you, the last thing an F1 car needs is more powerful brakes!


Saxo rather than Nova according to the logo on the side!

I agree that it's time for a change, but 18s do look a bit big.
Big TC

This has been mooted several times in the past.

Don't Indycars have bigger wheels with narrower sidewalls? Not that that's a reason to adopt them!

I think they look okay. It will mean millions being pored into trick new suspension systems, of course.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Big TC wrote:
It will mean millions being pored into trick new suspension systems, of course.

Nope, the rule-makers are trying to clamp down on trick suspensions, now suggesting that the current front-and-rear interlinked systems used by some teams (notably Mercedes) are illegal. I wonder if Ferrari are behind this move ?
Tim

Big TC wrote:


Don't Indycars have bigger wheels with narrower sidewalls? Not that that's a reason to adopt them!


Yes, they have done for quite a long time.
I had a feeling a while back that was one of the reasons F1 chose not to do it, wanting to be leaders rather appearing to follow those backward Americans  
Clunes

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Big TC wrote:
It will mean millions being pored into trick new suspension systems, of course.

Nope, the rule-makers are trying to clamp down on trick suspensions, now suggesting that the current front-and-rear interlinked systems used by some teams (notably Mercedes) are illegal. I wonder if Ferrari are behind this move ?


I heard that most of the top teams (the number I heard was 8) use this system and that Lotus have been developing it the longest. The overall impression was that a ban would do little to change the current state of play as it would affect the top teams roughly equally.
Humphrey The Pug

Clunes wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Big TC wrote:
It will mean millions being pored into trick new suspension systems, of course.

Nope, the rule-makers are trying to clamp down on trick suspensions, now suggesting that the current front-and-rear interlinked systems used by some teams (notably Mercedes) are illegal. I wonder if Ferrari are behind this move ?


I heard that most of the top teams (the number I heard was 8) use this system and that Lotus have been developing it the longest. The overall impression was that a ban would do little to change the current state of play as it would affect the top teams roughly equally.


This suspension system, from what I've read, has been in use for a couple of years already so all of a sudden ban it; maybe because it is most effective on the Mercedes?!

I hate all his banning stuff mid season, if something has passed the initial scrutineering at the begining of the season then it should remain until the end of the season; a bit like Renaults mass damper from a few years ago.
Big Blue

Those big wheels in that colour look cack.

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