Formula 1 Reveals First Design Concepts for 2021

by Aaron Gillard
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Formula 1 has revealed concept images of their vision for the future of the sport in 2021.

The sport has worked with the FIA and teams to design an F1 car for the 2021 Formula 1 season, in a bid for better and closer racing. The designs of the cars are also designed to be more aggressive and more futuristic concepts.

F1 is aiming to create more battles and closer racing down the field with all the teams every year, with a vision for more closer competition at the top for 2021.

The aim is to allow cars to follow each other more easily, increasing chances of overtaking, whilst also creating a design that would appeal for the younger generation.

Ross Brawn presented the concept designs to the media at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix, explaining that the idea is to create great racing cars that can allow close racing for the future.

When we started looking at the 2021 car, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together,” said Brawn.

“What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.

“Once the cars get within a few car lengths of each other, they lose 50% of their downforce. That’s a substantial amount of performance lost. So we set about understanding why that was and how we can improve it. I’m pleased to say we’re at about 80%.

“As time has gone on, another of the primary objectives was to make great looking cars. We want cars that look better than what you see in a video game, cars that kids want to have up on their walls. At each stage, as we have been evolving the car, we’ve had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the car could look like.

“That is not to control the development, because it’s critical this development achieves its objectives, but why shouldn’t we have great looking cars as we’re evolving the cars? We want a car that is inspiring. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and the car should look sensational.”

Brawn presented three concept designs to the media. The first design (below) showcased a simplified front wing, aggressive sidepod designs and a build-in halo.

F1 2021 Designs - Concept 1

First Concept Presented for the 2021 Regulations. Credit: Formula 1

Brawn explained the second design (below) that the design will present 18-inch wheels, which will come into play for 2021. The tyre manufacturer for 2021 remains undecided.

“Concept 2 is a bit more extreme. One of the things you’ll see is the bigger wheels. We’re committed to 18-inch wheels for the future. They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them.”

F1 2021 - Concept 2 Expanded

Concept 2 design presents some ideas from past designs from the 70’s and 90’s. Credit: Formula 1

F1 2021 Designs - Concept 2

Credit: Formula 1

“The tyres and the wheels are the dirtiest area of the car, they cause huge disruption in the airflow,” commented Brawn. “We are starting to look at devices that can stabilise the flow as it comes of the wheel. It’s maturing as we go along.”

F1 2021 Design - Concept 3

Concept 3 showcases a more futuristic design with a sharkfin design front wing, aggressive rear wing, side pods, barge boards and diffuser. Credit: Formula 1

Brawn states that the aim for the future of the sport is to increase the interest from the outside, finding a way to bring in new fans, sponsors, owners and manufacturers into the sport.

“We want to create an environment where there is a queue of people wanting to join F1,” says Brawn. “The encouraging thing when Force India ran into trouble was that it had a number of suitors that wanted to buy it.

“If you remember Manor a few years previously couldn’t sell the team. I think the confidence in F1 has since increased. We definitely want to have a queue of people that want to come into F1.”

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