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22nd July 2011, 16:49 at 4:49 pm #173587
Wow, this topic has taken a life of its own. I certainly didn’t want it to come down to this; my sincere apologies Keith. I’ve broken my own vow to comment on this thread for the last time.
While I wholeheartedly accept criticism of me creating this thread, I still stand by what I said in the first post. And I don’t agree with the rule of not allowing discussions regarding topics which are actively being discussed on the main blog. Following a blog article for more than 2-3 days becomes tedious and a lot more people would comment and share if the post was always available in the forums.
My second reason to post here was to give a small news tip. As some of you might know, I was building a racecar for the national championship in India.
On the way to Coimbatore (the venue for the race), I had the pleasure of sitting next to Narain Karthikeyan on the flight. Didn’t really bother him as he was with his wife/girlfriend (don’t know his relationship status). As we were landing, I asked for his autograph (nobody had a pen), then got into small talk. Asked him if he will be racing for the Indian GP. Turns out he will be taking part in the Indian and Singapore GP, the rest of the season will be sat out because of lack of funds. Thought I’d give you the small tip before I left.6th July 2011, 7:51 at 7:51 am #173231
Alonso – Making you realise that Alonso is faster than you.26th June 2011, 9:56 at 9:56 am #162225
Just an update! We missed the first race of the season due to missing some critical parts that were still on the way to India (flywheels, camshaft). The next race is on the 16th and 17th of July and we are set. Our times look promising and we are expected to line up in the first 2 rows on the grid. We’ve also scored high-octane gas and custom-built some amazing prototype parts that will be going on the car during our first race.
The 19th and 20th of November, the penultimate round of the championship will be held at the Buddha International track that’s going to hold the Indian GP :). Should be awesome.26th June 2011, 9:46 at 9:46 am #172689
Get off my lawn kids! One of the earliest members of the blog and the forum :D
Found it while just searching for like-minded F1 fans. Part of the earliest moderators/commentators of the liveblog too :D15th June 2011, 5:27 at 5:27 am #171316
Balestre came out as the villian. Senna came out as a martyr.18th March 2011, 5:17 at 5:17 am #163598
Single line of prejudice and all this crap. Can Keith please clean up the mess. Immature kids.7th March 2011, 15:39 at 3:39 pm #163038
If they start to get into it seriously, expect to see them hiring a lot of new engineers, whether it is at the HQ or people travelling with the race team. There is a difference in being able to use an engine properly and making one. I’d love to see them building engines, but for a company who has outsourced their work for decades now, it’s going to be an uphill task.7th March 2011, 12:56 at 12:56 pm #163035
Designing an engine from the ground up is a very very very difficult task. Designing aero parts is relatively less difficult because the manufacturing is a commonly-known process that most of the engineers would know. Not to say that designing aero is easy, but it’s usually a single guy’s vision pulling the rest of the aero staff in his direction.
Designing something that can make 800 horsepower without exploding/disintegrating and going through 2-3 races while having atleast 50-100 moving parts is not something that can be developed over a period of a year.
There is a reason why Ferrari or Mercedes engines make the amount of power that they do while having the reliability. They’ve been at it for dogs years and their current designs are always a refinement of the designs used in the making of the previous engines which includes decades of experience. There is hardly a revolution in engine-building unless you throw a completely new set of rules at the engine manufacturers. Consider how long Mercedes engines have been the most powerful and you’ll understand what I’m saying.
Secondly, building a bulletproof engine requires more engineers from more faculties than the rest of the car’s staff put together. You need metallurgical engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers and who knows how many more.
Sorry for the wall of text, but I build engines and cannot stand people who think that a new engine can be developed over a weekend while sitting on your couch in the living room.
This is not to say that they won’t ever get to it. McLaren have already got their hands into the bucket by building the 12C engine, but compared to the engineering required to build an F1 engine, the 12C’s engine is nothing. They’ll get to it for sure, but don’t expect them to be reliable or powerful if they’re running a McLaren engine inside during the first race in 2013.28th February 2011, 19:23 at 7:23 pm #162222
Yea man, it makes me happy and justifies my giving away information for free. I’m in a very small minority in my country since most people who tune cars for money would rather keep everything a secret.
The plan is to do a couple of seasons in India and thrash the competition, then see what options I have available outside. We are one of 2 teams running a Honda chassis and Honda engine. If our calculations are right, we should be able to walk over the competition. But there is far too much politics here to encourage any growth and I’d rather move to a more welcoming place/country when I get the chance. Maybe Keith can get me in contact with Stefano Domenicali or Martin Whitmarsh one day hahaha.
@Revlimiter1: Lol, wouldn’t we all? :) I hope to make some money and run my own team in the next 2-4 years and drive the car. But it’s way too expensive. We even have to import race fuel from the US which costs a huge amount.
To share more info, me and my boss were talking on the phone yesterday. We are setting up the car in such a way that we will be able to remap the ECU while sitting in the pitlane during the race. So if we are running short on fuel, we can change the mapping from the pitlane and make the engine use less fuel. A few fast laps? Up the revlimit and change the mapping again. This is something that isn’t done in India by anyone yet, and we should be the first to do this. We’re probably going to run traction control too, but that system is just in the discussion stage and one of our electrical engineer friends might be consulted once we’re in advanced stages. All this using a 60 dollar ECU that we picked up from a used Honda Civic :) When the season ends, we will be marketing the same parts for the general public.27th February 2011, 19:26 at 7:26 pm #162217
Thanks guys :)
The season starts in mid-June. However, the parts to build the engine should be ready by mid-March and then we start building the car and the engine, then tuning it on the dyno before putting it on the track and doing a lot of testing.
The target is to make around 220 bhp from an inline 1.5L (1493cc to be exact) motor. Doesn’t sound like a lot but trust me, it’s going to be bloody difficult extracting that much out of a production engine. The rules say that the engine block, head and tranny casing has to be of Indian make, so we cannot just import an engine and plonk it in. We are working with what’s available here.
@Revlimiter1: Not a driver lol, I’m the assistant technical head.
The chief is my mentor and I’ve been working with him for the past 1 year to bring some awesome stuff to Indian shores. He has engine building experience but not with Hondas while I have a huge amount of knowledge regarding Honda engines; so it kind of works out nicely.
@steph: Kind of funny really. I was just browsing around on an international Honda forum and bumped into some guy from India. I’ve never really seen Indian guys there so I sort of helped him out with some basic stuff about engine identification, etc. Turned out to be one of India’s most famous bike tuners who was just getting into cars and had bought a Honda lol. We exchanged a lot of knowledge before he invited me to fly down to his place and help with his engine build. We built a kickass motor that was then demoed to the current team owner who contracted him.15th November 2010, 3:55 at 3:55 am #151065
2007, 2008 were much better. The final race could’ve been elsewhere.15th November 2010, 3:53 at 3:53 am #151107
Weltmeister. World Champion.14th November 2010, 18:35 at 6:35 pm #150905
For the first time we have many teams in contention with drivers capable enough of destroying the opposition on their day. And coupled with the fact that most of them make a lot of mistakes (unlike Schumacher) means that the championship is going to be close.
Has nothing to do with the points system.12th November 2010, 4:30 at 4:30 am #150757
Most of us have seen this :P9th November 2010, 16:47 at 4:47 pm #150585
I did the same this afternoon when my currently-untuned-and-with-fuel-trims-way-off racecar stalled. Then again, I wasn’t busy racing 20-30 other guys at the same time and it was a normal 5-speed, not a paddle-shifter.