F1 unveils 2021 concept cars to improve racing

Here's What Formula 1 Wants Its Cars To Look Like In 2021

Here's What Formula 1 Wants Its Cars To Look Like In 2021

Formula 1 has revealed plans to improve the quality of racing with a new vehicle design to be introduced in 2021.

However, the 2021 rules will only act as a guide for the final designs as the teams will still have the freedom to develop their cars within the regulations in the pursuit of performance.

"We want cars that look better than what you see in a video game, cars that kids want to have up on their walls".

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene left underwhelmed at Liberty Media's vision for Formula 1 in 2021, saying the cars "look like an old Champ Car". And F1 is working on a design for a future vehicle that will increase the chances of great fights, all the way down the field, every year.

"When you get into that position where you are two or three auto lengths behind, you are losing grip and the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging".

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", Brawn said. Here, it's elongated with the driver sitting further back.

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Whether the halo will ever be aesthetically pleasing is up for debate. Some of the current racer's sharp angles have been ditched in favor of smoother lines and rounder panels. Notably, the concept also features 18-inch wheels instead of the current 13s.

"We want to create an environment where there is a queue of people wanting to join F1", added Brawn.

It should be noted that these are still very much concept designs. Concept 2 is a bit more extreme than 1, described on the F1 site as "more refined and stylistically more aggressive". The third concept also incorporates devices to control the way the airflow comes off the wheels, which will begin to solve F1's aero problems. Estimating that the current regulations mean a 50 per cent reduction in downforce in this situation, Brawn says the new regulation has improved this by 30 per cent, so that a auto only loses 20 per cent downforce. At the moment we have got designs which only lose 20 per cent, so they are at 80 per cent of their performance. I'm pleased to say that the solutions are pretty aligned.

Not only does F1 want to improve aerodynamics for the next F1 cars, but there's a real passion to design drool-worthy racers again. "It frustrates me when a auto in a video game looks better than a vehicle that we're racing out on the track", he added.

"The primary thing we're doing is trying to reduce the amount of performance lost to a following auto", Brawn said.

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