Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Standard CPUs

There's been a lot of talk about MES getting the contract to make the standard CPUs for 2008 onwards.

Personally I don't mind the fact that the contract has been awarded to a subsidiary of McLaren. What I object to is the fact that there is a standard CPU at all!

Sure, companies spend a lot of cash developing in this area. But it is trivial compared to the amount they spend building and running wind tunnels. And the aerodynamic advances are so specific to an individual F1 car that it is a complete waste of money.

At least reserach into new engine mappings is something that can vaguely be translated into road cars, or reduces the amount of fuel used, which is the sort of goal the FIA should be looking at.

And a wing is not likely to break. I can imagine how a team will feel, the first time a CPU goes wrong while their car is leading a race.

It's a stupid decision and does nothing for the spirit of competition.


At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Don Speekingleesh said...

The spec ECU was only introduced because Max wants to annoy the manufactures further.
There's absolutely no need for it - there are other perfectly good ways to try and limit cheating without destroying F1.
See [URL=this]this[/URL] post for one method.

I always said once spec parts were introduced into the sport I'd stop watching, and I stand by that. So I'm making the most of the mext season and a half.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Abhinav said...

i read a article during the european gp weekend where max was saying that one of the main reasons why he wanted standard ECU's because he believed that a few teams were still cheating.


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