The FIA officials have unveiled the new generation of car that will compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, beginning in 2018.
The teams this year have been using the Dallara GP2/11 chassis which had been around for seven years. Originally, this configuration was meant to be used for only three years but Dallara extended the package’s tenure twice on cost grounds, the latest being last year. The only update the package received was the controversial addition of DRS.
However, in 2018, F2 will be using a brand-new chassis from Dallara, which was introduced to the press in the Monza paddock on Thursday.
FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting, F1 technical chief Ross Brawn and F2 CEO Bruno Michel were there to uncover the new car along with Pirelli Motorsport boss Mario Isola.
“The unveiling of the 2018 FIA Formula 2 car is an important moment for the FIA as we complete the single-seater pyramid from Karting right through to the pinnacle of motor sport in the FIA Formula One World Championship.” said Whiting.
“The car has been developed to include improved aesthetics, as well as bringing the safety level up to the highest standards for single-seater cars – and to ultimately bring it closer to a modern Formula One car on both of these points.”
The 2018-spec Formula 2 chassis is the first new racing car to be revealed featuring the Halo cockpit protection system.
The new-spec car is the first racing car to feature the FIA-mandated Halo design. Along with new safety features, the car features aerodynamic updates which makes it akin to 2017-spec Formula 1 cars, to maintain a tradition of simulating F1 aerodynamics and technology in GP2/F2. The car is also powered by a 3.4L V6 Turbo engine which produces 620 HP at 8750 RPM from Mechacrome.
“The F2 2018 matches the very latest F1 safety standards: we have a strong track record on safety, and this was a principle focus during the design process. I believe that the F2 2018 is the right car for the next stage of our championship, while also providing a worthy race car for the final step of the motorsport ladder for our drivers hoping to achieve their ultimate ambition: a race seat in F1.” added Michel.
The car was given a successful shakedown at Magny-Cours back in July and will continue to be developed until a two-day test in December which will focus solely on performance. Teams can expect a first delivery of their new machines around mid-January, 2018. It is planned to run for three years until 2020, a term which could be further extended.
The F2 2018 car specs:
Overall length: 5224 mm (was 5065mm)
Overall width: 1900 mm (unchanged)
Overall height: 1097 mm including FOM roll hoop camera (was 1072 mm)
Wheelbase: 3135 mm (was 3120mm)
Overall weight: 720 kg (driver on-board)
V6 3.4 litre single turbo charged Mecachrome engine
Rated to 620 HP @ 8750 rpm
Fly by wire accelerator system
Rebuild after 8000 km
Maximum Torque 600 Nm
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h, 2.90 sec
Acceleration: 0 – 200 km/h, 6.60 sec
Maximum speed: 335 km/h (Monza aero + DRS)
Max. braking deceleration -3.5 G
Max. lateral acceleration +/- 3.9 G
Full FIA F1 2017 safety standards
Halo F1 specification
Monocoque and Bodywork
Survival cell – Sandwich Carbon/aluminium honeycomb structure made by Dallara
Front and rear wing – Carbon structures made by Dallara
Bodywork – Carbon – Kevlar honeycomb structures made by Dallara
Same functionality of DRS used in Formula One
6-speed longitudinal Hewland sequential gearbox
Electro-hydraulic command via paddle shift from steering wheel
ZF SACHS Carbon clutch
No on-board starter, anti-stall system
Non hydraulic ramp differential
Premier FT5 125 litres
Magneti Marelli SRG 480 ECU/GCU including data logging system
Magneti Marelli PDU 12-42 power supply management unit
CAN data acquisition pre-equipment
Double steel wishbones, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars suspension (F) and spring suspension (R)
Adjustable ride height, camber and toe
Two way (F) / Four way (R) adjustable Koni dampers
Adjustable anti-roll bar (Front/Rear)
6 pistons monobloc Brembo callipers
TBC carbon-carbon brake discs and pads
Wheels and tyres
F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
13” x 12” front F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
13” x 13.7” rear F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
F2 specific Pirelli slick / wet tyres
Non-assisted rack and pinion steering system
XAP steering wheel with dashboard, gear change and clutch paddles, marshalling & VSC display
Roll hoop, nose cone and face shot camera pre-equipment.
Images via FIA Formula 1 Championship Media
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