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Old 09-04-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Lightbulb New F1 Bodies from PROTOform: F1-Thirteen & Fourteen

We're excited to make our return to this class with 2 new offerings for all the F1-RC'ers out there.

The F1-Thirteen features styling from the 2013 season, including high-nose and Coanda exhaust detailing. Fits most modern F1 chassis equipped with Tamiya’s F60 Front wing.

The F1-Fourteen features styling from the 2014 season, including the unique low nose and single turbo exhaust detailing. Fits most modern F1 chassis equipped with Tamiya’s F2012 Front wing.

For all the details, check out our website! racepf.com/formula-1
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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Ordered, awesome , Thank you!
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Very nice ! Glad to see more actors involved in rc f1 , thank you
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rear part of body is very bad...I expected the Cocacola Rear Sides...
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It's unfortunate that they made the Fourteen body use the Tamiya F2012 wing, as it's the weakest wing I've used to date.
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It's unfortunate that they made the Fourteen body use the Tamiya F2012 wing, as it's the weakest wing I've used to date.
We chose the F2012 for that style because it has a much larger flat section in the middle to work with the wide nose struts of the body. I'm sure it could work with other wings, but some extra trimming may be required. The F2012 is just ideal for fit and style.
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Looks awesome! Makes me glad I kept my TRF101! ...Thirteen, ordered.
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We chose the F2012 for that style because it has a much larger flat section in the middle to work with the wide nose struts of the body. I'm sure it could work with other wings, but some extra trimming may be required. The F2012 is just idea for fit and style.
Oh I totally get that it was done for cosmetics, but I would be curious to see what the body looks like with one of the other Tamiya front wings...hint hint
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:20 PM   #11
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As much as I have liked some protoform bodies over the years, I got to say they got these F1 bodies wrong...

They seem to be out of proportion in some way I can't even really describe. Possibly the air box.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:31 AM   #12
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Eric,

When are you going to have some of these bodies at TQ Raceway ? I am looking forward to trying them out.

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Old 09-06-2014, 10:54 AM   #13
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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)

Chassis
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
Engine
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!

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Thank you, Dale, for your work creating these shells. I sold all my F1 stuff a year ago, but have been thinking of getting back in with the new CRC car. One of your '13 bodies will sit on it when I do.
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Dale,

From chatting with you at TQ Raceway a few weeks ago, I think you have done a good job with your initial outings and as you saw from my Mild Seven car, I get into the realism. I already talked to Sean to order some up and hope they do arrive by next Friday as interested to try to test and run for next weekends Round 8 of the Summer Series. Hope you make the next round so we can chat some more and just need to get you behind the wheel of a RC F1 car now.

Side note: The '13 and '14 F1 bodies look better than a Crown Vic !

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