Ferrari is assembling the 2024 Formula 1 car. Project 676 is about to be completed. We are talking about a very important phase where every detail needs to be exploited to the fullest. Once again, it must be remembered that any allusion to the competitiveness of the latest Maranello car is pure fantasy. There is no tool that can accurately assert the performance that the Italian car will be able to offer. We don’t say it; the Formula One engineers themselves have always emphasized this.
Is there optimism? Without a doubt. According to information gathered by the editorial team of FUnoanalisitecnica, the new technical setup is satisfying. The work to make it a reality started months ago, and in less than two months, the effort put into the Italian aero-mechanical engineering masterpiece will be tested on the track. A “proposal” that will feature several novelties. Without a doubt, one of the points where the Prancing Horse has invested a lot of effort, as discussed extensively during the last racing campaign, concerns the front end.
The goal is to strengthen the front end of the red car, which was quite weak throughout the 2023 Formula 1 season. This measure could not be implemented during the past season, as modifying the chassis and front suspension was not possible. It is an operation that must take into account a crucial element: the interaction between the suspension system and aerodynamics. Directing the vortex structure towards the central part of the car, in short.
In this portion of the car, the floor covering holds essential importance. The regulatory body that came into effect in 2022 brings with it several significant factors. The perfect functioning of the ground effect through the venturi channels must be defined as an “indispensable must” to generate a lot of downforce for free. Unlike the vertical lift provided by wing downforce, the downforce produced by the floor does not create resistance to movement.
Ferrari, Project 676: The “flexibility” of the 2024 car aims to make a difference
Maintaining the winning characteristics of a car and correcting its flaws is never easy, especially when you want to change the aerodynamic setup of the car. Ferrari knows this, and for this reason, simulator references will certainly not confirm the success of the work. The track is awaited, as always the ultimate judge, aware that extracting superior performance through the changes made is undoubtedly possible. Enrico Cardile has chosen a precise philosophy. We have already talked about it at various times in recent months.
In all of this, it starts from a certainty: the power unit 066/10. A component that will undoubtedly be at the center of Project 676. A truly formidable internal combustion engine, the best overall. The endothermic engine will be supported by a reinforced hybrid system, thanks to the changes made in recent months. The efficiency of the generators has been increased, and a lot of work has been done on reliability, an aspect that has created some headaches. Meticulous work that instills much confidence in the engine department within the Italian factory.
For the rest, we can say that the technical department has worked in unison on the car. Because in 2024, the target aims to strengthen the sum of the car’s characteristics. Expanding the operating window remains one of the aspects on which Ferrari has spent more time. Achieving this means being able to access maximum performance always and in all conditions. Talking about a favorable layout is no longer of interest to the team. The car must be capable of making every track advantageous by adapting its distinctive features. Having to depend on external factors automatically limits a project.
That’s why being able to make the car work everywhere means, by extension, being competitive. The “versatility” of the new Ferrari wants to be the winning weapon, in short. Being able to launch different setups to adapt the car to the central elements of a track involves maximizing every race weekend in the championship. Achieving this result through Project 676 would mean hitting the first step towards the ascent to approach Red Bull, which, believe it or not, certainly won’t just stand by.
Source: Alessandro Arcari for FUnoanalisitecnica