What up with Ferrari SF70H’s super speed?

Ferrari SF70H
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Scuderia Ferrari’s SF70H dominated the pre-season testing in terms speed, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen making the fastest lap in the closing race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Raikkonen on SF70H was the only driver to complete the track within 1m 19s, with his best time of 1m 18.634s set on Pirelli’s supersoft tires.

 

Hence far the new machine has proved to be one of the best designing and engineering marvel built by Ferrari F1 till date.

Major Technical changes in SF70H:

Taking into consideration 2017’s new rules, Ferrari intensified their development efforts on finding the right trade-off between downforce and aerodynamic resistance, or drag, on the SF70H.

Looking at the changes in the front of the car, it is clear that side pod openings have been kept higher compared to those on last year’s SF16-H, allowing airflow to rush in with minimal disruption from the front suspension elements.

 

Speaking of the Chassis, its extended nose and arrow-shaped front wing are a result of the regulations, as is the fin on the engine cover and the more convoluted aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the sidepods, whose unusual shape was designed in harmony with the front crash structure.

The Visible duct at the front is part of the improved aerodynamic structure, while behind the driver, the roll-hoop, which integrates the engine air intake has been entirely redesigned.

SF70H’ ingenious cooling system for the gearbox and its hydraulics is another motor engineering gem. Usually, the system is installed within the bodywork, but it seems this time it is channeled through the floor of the car. However, the pipes remain within the limit 140cm area required by the regulations for safety purposes, but since they are no longer placed on the engine, they must stay a lot cooler, in return making the system more efficient. In addition, a lot of thermal stickers which are used for monitoring temperatures at specific places in the car has been seen.
After the eight days of pre-season running over, teams now have headed back to their bases to crunch their data and look for any more changes in their cars for the year’s first race in Australia on March 26. So who knows what more Ferrari have kept on their stock?

 

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