By The1nsider 3 months ago



The FIA Formula 2 Championship unveiled the F2 2018 to the international media in Monza last Thursday. The new car, which will be raced in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, was revealed in the Formula 1 paddock ahead of the 9th Round of the 2017 F2 season.

The new car, which complies with the latest F1 safety standards, features architecture typical of a modern F1 car and a 3.4 litre turbo-charged Mecachrome engine, which delivers 620 HP at 8,750 rpm. The design philosophy was to refresh the car to mirror the latest updates in F1 design, and to maintain a long tradition of wheel to wheel racing.

The safety updates include changes to marshalling such as the Virtual Safety Car (VSC), Drag Reduction System (DRS) and upgraded electronics, and most notably is the first new car to be revealed featuring the Halo system, which was incorporated at the final stage of the design process.

The electronics have been enhanced with an updated ECU, which features expanded evolution possibilities for later years in an effort to future proof these components, a design decision which is in line with the usual focus on cost control. The operational costs for the teams are expected to be similar to this year.

The F2 2018 car specs

Overall length: 5224 mm (was 5065mm)
Overall width: 1900 mm
Overall height: 1097 mm including FOM roll hoop camera (was 1072 mm)
Wheelbase: 3135 mm (was 3120mm)
Overall weight: 720 kg (driver on-board)

V6 3.4 litre single turbo charged Mecachrome engine
Rated to 620 HP @ 8750 rpm
Fly by wire accelerator system
Rebuild after 8000 km
Maximum Torque 600 Nm

Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h, 2.90 sec
Acceleration: 0 – 200 km/h, 6.60 sec
Maximum speed: 335 km/h (Monza aero + DRS)
Max. braking deceleration -3.5 G
Max. lateral acceleration +/- 3.9 G

Safety standards
Full FIA F1 2017 safety standards
Halo F1 specification

Monocoque and Bodywork
Survival cell – Sandwich Carbon/aluminium honeycomb structure made by Dallara
Front and rear wing – Carbon structures made by Dallara
Bodywork – Carbon – Kevlar honeycomb structures made by Dallara

Same functionality of DRS used in Formula One
Hydraulic activation

6-speed longitudinal Hewland sequential gearbox
Electro-hydraulic command via paddle shift from steering wheel
ZF SACHS Carbon clutch
No on-board starter, anti-stall system
Non hydraulic ramp differential

Fuel cell
FIA Standard
Premier FT5 125 litres

Electronic features
Magneti Marelli SRG 480 ECU/GCU including data logging system
Magneti Marelli PDU 12-42 power supply management unit
CAN data acquisition pre-equipment
Beacon receiver

Double steel wishbones, pushrod operated, twin dampers and torsion bars suspension (F) and spring suspension (R)
Adjustable ride height, camber and toe
Two way (F) / Four way (R) adjustable Koni dampers
Adjustable anti-roll bar (Front/Rear)

6 pistons monobloc Brembo callipers
TBC carbon-carbon brake discs and pads

Wheels and tyres
F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
O.Z. Racing
Magnesium rims
13” x 12” front F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
13” x 13.7” rear F1 2016 standard wheel dimensions
F2 specific Pirelli slick / wet tyres
Steering system
Non-assisted rack and pinion steering system
XAP steering wheel with dashboard, gear change and clutch paddles, marshalling & VSC display

Camera equipment
Roll hoop, nose cone and face shot camera pre-equipment.

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