Ferrari F14 T and F138 compared

2014 F1 season

The Ferrari F14 T is the fifth new car for the 2014 season to appear.

By comparing it with its predecessor, the F138, we can see evidence of many of the major changes in rules for the coming season, and Ferrari’s solutions to them.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - front

As with the other cars seen so far, it’s the treatment of the awkward rules governing the dimensions of the nose and the crash structure which attract immediate attention.

While other teams so far appear to have gone down the route of using a long, thin addition to the nose to satisfy the rules, Ferrari’s drops down sharply at the front.

However the front-on view reveals another interesting aspect of Ferrari’s car, and potentially a more significant one. The cooling vents in the side pod are noticeably smaller than those seen on other cars such as the McLaren MP4-29, whose vents look more like something from the V10.

Cooling is a major talking point this year as the high temperatures generated by the new turbo and uprated engine recovery systems. Have Ferrari found a more efficient solution than Mercedes, whose powertrain is in the McLaren?

The pull-rod front suspension, which Ferrari began using in 2012, remains on the car. However McLaren, who switched to pull-rod last year, have reverted to push-rod for this year’s car.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - top

The side and top views of the car reveal the enlarged dimensions of the rear of the car. Although cars have less fuel to carry this year – they are limited to 100kg per race – the new engines and ancillary components take up more space.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - side

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33 comments on Ferrari F14 T and F138 compared

  1. jre_f1 (@jre_f1) said on 26th January 2014, 0:02

    Alonso will never go to McLaren. Not in a million years.

  2. Very interested to hear about boost levels being run in the different engine manufacturers/teams. Could it be that Ferrari run a different compression ratio or lower boost than other manufacturers, therefore requiring a smaller intercooler? Maybe they run their intercooler in the spine of the car and the intake behind the main air feed feeds the smaller intercooler? Is anyone going to run some kind of radical new heat exchanging technology or perhaps a water to air intercooler? (I know there’s a weight penalty but there are advantages… Toyota used one back in the days of the early GT4 rally cars)
    Turbocharger compressor wheel design took huge leaps forward thanks to the last era of F1 and hopefully the same will happen this time with great benefits in small engine technology. If you cut a F1 engine in half it becomes an 800cc 3 cylinder which is probably the sort of thing that would be used in the next generation of hybrid sports coupe for the masses! Then there’s all the talk of wast heat recuperator technologies.

    Turbos returning to F1 is what I have been waiting for… I knew it would happen one day but I almost cried when Bernie delayed it until 2014…. AND HERE WE ARE!!!!
    I’m literally so fizzing with excitement I’ve almost forgotten about the noses… Almost.

  3. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 26th January 2014, 16:25

    Does anyone have some short explanation about the difference of performance between pull and push rod suspension? Thanks!

  4. hobbsy009 (@hobbsy009) said on 26th January 2014, 17:14

    Im excited to see if ferrari can get the pull rod suspension working this year. seems like teams cant really seem to nail it- Id like to see red bull have a go

  5. Zain Siddiqui said on 26th January 2014, 20:36

    I love how we all pretend that we have more engineering knowledge than the guys at Ferrari. James Allison (a Cambridge graduate) and the like.

  6. Geo (@geo) said on 27th January 2014, 8:41

    The aerodynamic differences are dramatic. Ferarri must elated to have a wind tunnel again. I wonder if the wider sloped nose will help with front end traction. Many drivers have stated that they think the new cars will have grip issues. Time will tell who made the right choice in noses

  7. Geo (@geo) said on 27th January 2014, 8:48

    About air-cooling, I don’t think that the engine cooling is as much the issue as is keeping the bigger KERS system running. This has been an issue with Red Bull since KERS was first put into play. Adrian Newey always likes to keep things tight and small. But any team that has to turn the KERS limiter down or off will greatly suffer against those who have it running.

  8. majix said on 27th January 2014, 19:19

    SO Ferrari are calling this years car the FIAT!

  9. majix said on 27th January 2014, 21:28

    So Ferrari are calling their 2014 car the FIAT, might as well call it the Fiat uno turbo.

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