Red Bull uses CGI aplenty to explain the new Formula One engines and other technical changes.
Be honest, you are probably unsure of all the new rules in Formula One. Fret not, though, for Red Bull has come up with a YouTube video that does a mighty fine job explaining the drastic overhaul ─ and just in time for the 2014 season that kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
The video borders on Tron throughout, thanks to a generous dollop of computer generated imagery, but stick with it. It succinctly explains the reduction in fuel, addition of a new gear and why the noses look a bit, well, phallic.
Arguably the most interesting change is the V8 to the smaller turbocharged 1.6-litre V6, of which each team will only get five complete engines instead of eight. Reliability is, therefore, more important than ever. In addition, the new ERS-K and ERS-H systems can provide an extra 161bhp per lap for 33 seconds, wheras KERS only added 80bhp for six seconds.
Outside of the cars one change has been causing uproar. Points won in the Abu Dhabi season finale are doubled. The change is meant to keep the title race going for longer.
The new Formula One rules should make the sport more exciting to watch, as opposed to the procession it has become in recent years. Critics argue the quieter engines make it less exciting, but we can forgo a V8 roar if it means races are more competitive.
On the subject of Formula cars, the track layout for the inaugural race of the all-electric Formula E championship has been announced. A 3.44km course with 20 corners has been built inside China’s Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The race will be on September 13th, 2014.
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