2021 vs 2022 F1 Car: New Design Changes and Regulations
The new season of the Grand Prix has arrived with some new rules and regulations that are expected to be a game-changer. New changes are to make this motorsport more challenging and competitive. The differences between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars are significant to make the race closer, safer and more environment-friendly.
Here’s a detailed comparison of the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars and the new changes that will make the Formula 1 race more competitive than ever.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2021 AND 2022 FORMULA ONE CARS
Throughout the years, F1 cars got wider, longer and heavier. However, in the Grand Prix 2022, F1 cars will have an additional length because of the longer front nose. Moreover, this year the engine specifications will be the same as before but there will be slight aerodynamic changes to the body.
Let’s go through the complete differences between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars:
The front wing is the first point of contact with the air. Therefore, its design is important to be air resistant as it directs the flow of air towards the rest of the body. It is one of the major differences between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars. 2022 F1 cars have quite a simpler front wing design than the previous editions. Moreover, this design will help in reducing the dirty air and result in much closer races.
Not only that, there is a difference in the vortex Y250 of the F1 car of 2021 and 2022 i.e. vortex that comes off the inner tip of the front wing flap has been removed from the design. This will make the race more competitive as it will become easier to follow another car because of no vortex Y250 and dirty air.
WHEELS AND TYRES
Another difference that car enthusiasts can notice between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars is the change in the size of tyres. Previously, teams were allowed to use 13-inch tyres but this changed significantly this year as teams are using the 18-inch wheels with low-profile tyres. This has made the F1 cars more like the high-performance vehicles that you see on the roads normally.
Alongside, wheel covers addition is made mandatory after 2009. However, the design of wheel covers is made simpler than the one back in the 2000s. Teams have developed much simpler designs that make their F1 cars aerodynamically better and create a smooth airflow for the following cars to make this race more competitive.
When you closely monitor the differences between the 2021 and 2022 F1 car pictures, you will notice another change. The 2022 Formula One car features an underfloor tunnel. This floor design will help in creating the right amount of downforce which will also reduce the impact while following another car.
Another reason for this floor design is that the following F1 car will have less impact of dirty air which will allow this race to be closer and car enthusiasts will get to see the cutthroat competitions.
The rear wings have little similarities to the previous ones i.e. the retention of Drag Reduction System (DRS). The difference between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars’ rear wings design is the upper rolled tips and additional lower elements.
This new rear wing design is to limit the aerodynamic wake and air flow that is directed to the following F1 car. With the new design the air will flow over the following car reducing the dirty air effect.
In 2022 Formula One cars, the weight has increased by 5 percent from 752 kg to 790 kg. Overall weight increased due to the implementation of new design and wheel size. The wheels and tyres weigh 14 kg more than the 2021 F1 car wheels.
When you see the difference between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars, you can notice that the 2022 car design is much smoother around the cockpit area. Overall body design has improved allowing a closer competition. Moreover, the 2022 F1 car has significantly enhanced the vehicle aerodynamics to reduce the air resistance. The exit louvres are also returning to the body design after 2008.
With respect to the green environment initiatives, the fuel permitted is E10 which has only 10% ethanol. This regulation is implemented to reduce the carbon footprint from cars and help in establishing a sustainable environment.
All the new changes are implemented to ensure a competitive race. This wraps up all the differences between the 2021 and 2022 F1 cars. Besides, always ensure that you follow UAE road speed limits and don’t overspeed with your new or used cars in the UAE unless you are on an arena such as Yas Marina Circuit.
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