Ferrari has moved up the timetable for its power unit upgrades and has brought updated parts to this week's Spanish Grand Prix a month ahead of schedule.Failing to perform anywhere close to the levels that were expected after an impressive preseason, Ferrari needed to do something drastic to stop the run of Mercedes dominance -- a run that has produced four consecutive 1-2 finishes to start the season. The Italian manufacturer finds itself already 74 points behind Mercedes in the constructors' standings.Usually, teams bring power unit upgrades to the Canadian Grand Prix (this year, scheduled for June 9), but Ferrari opted to pull its plans forward. Formula 1 F1 Spanish Grand Prix by the numbers: Mercedes looks to extend streak The Ferrari F1 team is on the ropes after just four races after Mercedes’ early dominance to the 2019 Formula 1 season.However, it’s in the midfield where the real interest lies ahead of ... “We are at the Spanish GP, a race in which most … [Read more...] about Ferrari brings F1 powerplant updates to Spain, ahead of schedule
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Tributes have begun to fly in for Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting, 66, who unexpectedly died on Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, due to a pulmonary embolism.Ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, personalities within the sport have been sharing their own tributes to the man who started out as a mechanic with Hesketh Racing before rising through the ranks to become one of the most respected personalities inside the FIA.Leading the tributes was reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. Speaking during the Thursday press conference, Hamilton offered a stirring eulogy."I’ve known Charlie since I started in 2007," he said. "I made some comments this morning on my Instagram. It may have not worked, as I think it’s down but obviously incredibly shocked this morning to hear the sad news and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. What he did for this sport, I mean, his commitment … he really was a pillar, as Toto said, such an iconic figure in the … [Read more...] about F1 drivers pay respect to race director Charlie Whiting
What is it?It’s a new Ferrari, and that might be all some people need to know. Only this is a big one, for the brand and for car geeks far and wide. The 2016 488 GTB debuts early in Ferrari’s Brave New Turbo era, with very big shoes to fill.It replaces the frequently acclaimed, much loved 458 Italia, which has been anointed by sundry critics as the best sports car in the world. It follows old-school Ferrari nomenclature -- 488 for the displacement of each cylinder (487.75cc) and GTB for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, which was first used on Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 (the 308 GTB) when it debuted at the Geneva motor show 40 years ago -- rather than the more recent convention of total displacement combined with some revered locale like Modena, Maranello or Italia.We’ve known it was coming since Geneva this year: the demise of the 458 Italia’s naturally aspirated V8, often dubbed the best anywhere, and the 9,000-rpm howl that … [Read more...] about 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB first drive
The 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package Courtesy of Lexus The key to building an incredibly fast car isn't just horsepower -- it's also weight. From Formula One race cars to ultra-expensive supercars on the street, keeping weight down is essential for high performance. The lighter a car is, the faster it can move. That's why automakers utilize a wide array of high-tech, lightweight materials to create the bodies for their cars. Carbon fiber is one of the lightest materials currently in use. In a nutshell, carbon fiber is made of very thin strands of carbon woven together into a sheet. The result is a material that is five times stronger than steel and yet it weighs two-thirds less. Many high performance vehicles use carbon fiber in one form or another, like F1 racecars, BMW's M cars and the Lexus LFA supercar. Carbon fiber is also used on aircraft, consumer products and even in civil engineering applications. But carbon fiber has its drawbacks. Mainly, it's very expensive and … [Read more...] about Is carbon fiber old news?
The Ferrari 348 series marked a radical departure in the way Maranello constructed its cars. Replacing a chassis of traditional steel tubes was a much stiffer monocoque structure with a tubular rear subframe.Ferrari Image GalleryThe 1990 Ferrari 348ts sported a lift-off targa roof panel. See more Ferrari images. Suspension remained independent front and rear with wishbones, springs, telescopic shocks, and antiroll bars, but with revised geometry. The ventilated disc brakes were much larger than those on the Ferrari 348, and used antilock technology. A midships-mounted V-8 returned, but it was larger and more powerful. Displacing 3405cc, it mounted longitudinally and mated to a transverse gearbox. The displacement accounted for the new car’s Ferrari 348 designation. The transverse gearbox gave it its suffixes -- tb for the closed berlinetta body style, ts for the spyder (which actually had a lift-off targa roof panel). A higher compression ratio and updated fuel injection helped … [Read more...] about Ferrari 348