This Is What 2017-Spec F1 Cars Will Be Like

Another season, another set of regulations, but this time the rule book will allow for faster cars.

Paradoxically, the most advanced motorsport discipline in history has always been hinder by standards, regulations, and appendixes (we’re looking at you, FIA) implemented to maintain a narrow(er) gap between teams. The practice also determined engineers to pay minute attention to every detail of the car, and thoroughly develop new ways of breaking lap records.

For instance, when the modern 1.6-litre, V6-powered, turbo cars were introduced, they were significantly slower than the V8s, but now they’re grown to be as powerful as the V10-era cars.

And they continue to evolve, as FIA’s “how to build an F1 car” manual for next year is more performance-oriented, thanks mainly to the teams, who wanted something more challenging (and more attractive to the audience, we presume).

The most notable difference between the 2016 cars and the upcoming ones is the size of the tires. To reduce understeer and offer more grip, the front tires will be stretched to 305 mm (from 245), while the rear tires will grow in width to 405 mm (from 325 mm).

In fact, everything on the new vehicles will be wider, from the track – which will stretch to 2000 mm – to the swept-back front wing and the lower rear wing. Along with these modifications, a plethora of new aerodynamic appendages will be implemented, including barge-boards, deflectors and so on. But we’ll let former F1 driver Karun Chandhok walk you through the differences.


  • Zed68

    But will it be less boring ?

    • Anindya Bagchi

      Good question mate. It’s become the most boring sport by far. I grew up in the 80s and 90s watching real racing, so…

  • danno

    F1 will become even more of a slot car race with higher cornering speeds and even more traction. And if something let’s go in the middle of a corner, the crash will be that much worse.
    Narrower tires and less aero down force means more driver skill is needed. F1 is going the opposite way.
    Too bad for F1.

    • Nik

      Racing is enjoyable when drivers like what they drive. All drivers hate low grip… current f1 cars have low grip and lots of torque, no much to enjoy… So they gonna love to drive new cars next year. If drivers like to race, we like to watch. Also its gonna be tough to drive, because of higher G forces… so they should be very good physically prepared. Kids like Verstappen will be in trouble.

      • danno

        Not buying the relationship you make between cars drivers like translates to more fan enjoyment. Give me the choice of seeing a car that is difficult to drive on the edge, has the occasional power slide, where you see the driver making corrections, over slot car racing ” Any – Day – Of – The – Year.”

        • Sam Smith

          Well let’s just wait and see, shall we???

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