Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A peek at the Honda F1 Power unit

Besides regulation changes, the biggest swap on the grid was McLaren reuniting once again with Honda, while ditching the current dominating power plant by Mercedes. According to Ron Dennis, this was done because the engines have become so complex, that no customer team gets a chance to customize the engine as they see fit. That is coding wise. The energy recovery systems and the electric motors that feed that power back to the engine have to be carefully calibrated, a job Dennis beliefs is basically impossible as a customer team. It’s no longer about how you set-up the car (suspension, rake, brakes, etc.) as these new systems clearly affect every set up parameter you can think of.

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