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    Default New F1 Rule Changes for 2012

    More to come, but check out the "lucky dog" rule.


    Formula 1 2012 rule changes revealed | Racecar Engineering | Race car technology explained

    Formula 1′s Technical and Sporting regulations have undergone a number of detailed changes after the FIA issued a set of decisions following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

    From a technical standpoint crash testing is a notable area of change, the 2012 cars will have to face an additional upward push off test and cars which have not passed all crash tests and thus been homologated will not be allowed to take part in pre-season tests. This rule change is likely to put pressure on some teams which are used to going testing before the impact structures are fully assessed.

    Much has been discussed already about the revised exhaust positions, the hot blown floor has been fully outlawed by much stricter rules on exhaust exits ensuring that their aerodynamic influence is kept to a minimum. Mercedes was one team to test the 2012 spec exhausts at Abu Dhabi.

    The set up and control parameters of the single ECU (SECU) have been put into the technical regulations, previously this had only been covered by a technical bulletin. The marking of emergency equipment on the cars, such as neutral switches and cut offs has been improved.

    NASCARís lucky dog rule which allows a lapped car to unlap itself under a caution has been implemented in F1, all lapped cars will be able to unlap themselves under caution before the race goes green.

    The 2012 Technical and Sporting regulations have yet to be published in full but that is expected in the coming days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    More to come, but check out the "lucky dog" rule.


    Formula 1 2012 rule changes revealed | Racecar Engineering | Race car technology explained

    Much has been discussed already about the revised exhaust positions, the hot blown floor has been fully outlawed by much stricter rules on exhaust exits ensuring that their aerodynamic influence is kept to a minimum. Mercedes was one team to test the 2012 spec exhausts at Abu Dhabi.
    Interesting on how that works.

    Pirelli explains the exhausts exit effects on tyres - YouTube
    -Kevin M.

    2010 Subaru WRX

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    Quote Originally Posted by DutchOven View Post
    Cool video. I never knew where the "blown floor" exhaust was exiting. Now, the exhaust exits on top. This is Vettel's 2010 car on the stand at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show.

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    Hehe, the short version of Pirelli's position:

    Those F1 asshats are blowing their hot exhaust directly at our tires and our tires aren't exploding. Yay?! (and Bernie, please ban that before they make our tires look bad)

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    ..and here's how the blown exhausts sound.

    How the Formula 1 Blown Exhausts Sound Like - F1 2011 - YouTube

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    As difficult as it is to believe, that little YouTube video made on a handheld camera makes you feel closer to the action than television.

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