Hi F1 fans;
I've had many requests over the last decade for new Formula1 bodies. I've been a bit reluctant to do them because I've always felt that the end result would be disappointing. (to me personally) The dimensions and shapes of the real cars are very hard to replicate with the common storebought F1 chassis that have been available. The wheelbase and overall length of the real 1:1 F1 cars has grown tremendously on the last 15 years. Example of just how big: The last fullsize fullframe American sedan to be produced was the very large Ford Crown Victoria. Well, the wheelbase of a current F1 car is a full 4 inches longer than that of the Ford Crown Vic.
The tiny 13 inch diameter wheels that are standard in F1 tend to visually exaggerate the "ultra long-look" of the current F1 car even more.
The wheelbase of the 1/10th RC F1 chassis would need to be a full inch or more longer if true-to-scale proportions were to ever be attained. Thus, we have RC F1 cars that are rather pudgy looking and slightly caricachure-ish in appearance. We've all gotten quite used to it.
Until recently the only available RC F1 chassis had large rear motor pods which further detracted from ever attaining the cool/realistic looking "pinched" rear bodywork seen on the real cars.
HOWEVER - When I saw that companies like Tamiya, VBC and Serpent started to produce a more compact chassis with small motor pods it got my attention. The two new Protoform F1 bodies we have just released were merely an attempt to produce a one-piece
F1 body with long and low lines as seen in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The best looking F1 bodies of all time were in the 80's and 90's (IMPO). I look forward to doing more vintage and contemporary F1 bodies. I still have more to learn about what RC F1 racers and enthusiasts are really looking for.
For those that might be interested, here's the technical specifications for the 2013 and 2014 F1 cars. I hi-lited in red the dimensions that create the most
issues pertaining to realism.
Technical Specifications (2011-2013)
Construction: Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Gearbox: 7-Speed Semi-automatic paddle shift Sport gearbox, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation
Weight: 1,415 lb (642 kg) including driver
Fuel Capacity: Approx. 51.8 imp gal (235 L; 62 US gal)
Length: 5,000 mm (197 in)
Width: 1,800 mm (71 in)
Height: 950 mm (37 in)
Wheelbase: 3,000 mm (118 in)
Steering: Manual, rack and pinion steering
Brakes: Ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Front and rear suspension: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
Wheel rims: Forged aluminium or magnesium wheels
Front and rear wheel size: 13"
Tyres: Pirelli P-Zero slick dry and Pirelli Cinturato treaded rain tyres
Safety equipment: 6-point Seat belt, HANS device
Technical Specifications for 2014
1.6-litre V6 turbo engine and two Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) with ~750 hp.
Fuel Capacity: 100 kg fuel limit for race
Gearbox: Introduction of 8-speed, fixed ratio gearboxes
Front Downforce wing: Width of wing reduced from 1,800mm to 1,650mm
Rear Downforce wing: Shallower rear wing flap and abolition of beam wing
Car weight: Minimum weight increased by 49 kg, up from 642 kg to 691 kg
Height: Nose and chassis height reduced (the height of the chassis has been reduced from 625mm to 525mm, whilst the height of the nose has been dramatically slashed from 550mm to 185mm).
Exhaust: Single exhaust with central exit
Have a great weekend guys. Enjoy the race at Monza!
Dale Epp - Protoform