According to the Italian media (La Gazzetta dello Sport), Scuderia Ferrari intends to bring some interesting updates for the first race of the 2020 Formula One season, which is supposed to take place in Austria, which should be a massive step up from what the Italian team showed in Barcelona during the pre-season testing sessions.
New engine evolution to gain 20 to 30BHP
After the scandal of the fuel usage in the previous season and the settlement with the FIA that launched a series of questions by other teams, it was clear that this year’s Ferrari SF1000 lacked engine power supposedly came from that grey area of the rulebook.
La Gazzetta dello Sport is now informing that Scuderia Ferrari has already regained that deficit and will introduce the first engine upgrade of the season, regaining from 20 to 30BHP, that would equal (or even surpass) what they had at their peak last year. Ferrari would like to realize this ‘with the help of a new cylinder head, in which the combustion chamber is ‘warm”. As a result, combustion should be optimized and that gives the extra bit of power. Furthermore, the SF1000 would be equipped with improved software regarding the hybrid system. The existing software would have been rewritten and is now being finished.
After pre-season on Barcelona, the Italian side noticed that the gearbox was flexing under stress that ultimately would damage the gearbox itself and other components. This issues on the gearbox come from a radical redesign introduced on the SF1000, which makes the gearbox smaller and lighter making the ‘Coke Bottle’ more efficient.
Motorsport is reporting that this flexing on the gearbox is causing some minor changes to the rear suspension, giving the infamous understeer Ferrari has been dealing with it. However, these issues are already been addressed by the Italian team, the solution is adding reinforcements of carbon fibre thus adding weight and losing a really small percentage of aerodynamic efficiency.
New nose for the SF1000
Ferrari has been using the same concept of nose since 2016 with the SF16-H and has seen little to none updates to that area. Some upgrades that the nose has revived over the years are some ‘Gills’ reminiscent of the 2017/18 McLaren’s and the now famous cape introduced in Singapore last year, which helped massively the SF90.
Giorgio Piola is reporting that Ferrari will indeed upgrade the nose, changing its form. Earlier in the year, this nose design change was talked about and it was supposed to have a Mercedes-esque design that never came to life. Now, Giorgio is retaking the information about the nose, but mentioning that is expected that the new nose will be similar to the Red Bull one, being narrower and smaller in general.
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