Formula One world championship introduced new rules for 2017 season, it will take the major changes to the cars in almost two decades, with revised aerodynamics and upgraded grip leading to faster racing.
Ten teams will contest the F1 World Championship which commences with the Australian GP, and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.
Wing – Backward sweep reduces effects of turbulence from car in front. 1800mm span (up 150mm)
Endplates – Simplified endplate legality
Top Wing – Height reduced to 800mm (down 150mm), width increased to 950mm (up 200mm)
Endplates – Swept endplate in side view and tucked in front view
Increased contact area give greater grip for faster cornering speed.
The front tyres increased to a 305mm-wide thread – 245mm larger than the 2016.
Rear tyres increased to a 405mm-wide thread from 325mm – around 25 and 30 percent wider than the 2016 season.
Track – Increased 2000mm (up 200mm)
Leg – +/- 10 degrees profile incidence (5 degrees increased)
Steep plane – 1600mm max width (up 200mm); 1400mm min width (up 100mm); Edge radii <100mm variable
Reference plane – Starts 430mm behind front axle (Previously measured 330mm behind front axle)
Plank – Pocketed plank for weight saving
Diffuser – More powerful due to increased, height, width, and length – speeding up under-car airflow to increase downforce. New size: 175mm high (up 50mm), 1050 mm wide (up 50mm), starts 175mm ahead of rear axle
As shown below, bodywork is now wider, with maximum width up from 1400mm to 1600mm.
Same V6 hybrid power unit, but higher revving and increased noise. The engine price for customer teams has been reduced by €1m per season compared to 2016. Formerly used ‘token’ system for in-season engine development has been removed.
Maximum weight is increased from 702kg to 722kg plus tyres.