F1 2012 German Grand Prix: Red Bull under investigation due to engine maps

By on Jul 22, 2012 in Racing, Sports Comments
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F1 2012 car of Red Bull
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F1 officials at Hockenheim, Germany are now looking at a possible car engine technical regulations breach by team Red Bull, according to a report at Formula One website on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

At the start of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix, the FIA reportedly put up tighter restrictions on engine maps. It is one of several rule changes implemented to eliminate the use of exhaust-blown diffusers.

After examination of the two Red Bull car engine torque maps, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer says that “it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid rpm range than previously seen for these engines at other events.”

Bauer further explained that “In my opinion this is therefore in breach of Article 5.5.3 of the Technical regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range. Furthermore this new torque map will artificially alter the aerodynamic characteristics of both cars which is also in contravention of Technical Directive 036-11.”

The Article 5.5.3 of the Formula One Technical regulations indicates that “The maximum accelerator pedal travel position must correspond to an engine torque demand equal to or greater than the maximum engine torque at the measured engine speed. The minimum accelerator pedal travel position must correspond to an engine torque demand equal to or lower than 0Nm.”



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