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Ferrari unveil the F2008

06 Jan 2008
Ferrari unveil the F2008
Ferrari became the first team to launch their 2008 car on Sunday when the wraps came off their new challenger at their Maranello base in Italy. The F2008, the 54th single-seater Ferrari have built to contest the Formula One world championship, will be raced by Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa in the team’s defense of their drivers’ and constructors’ crowns this season.

The F2008’s design, codenamed internally as the 659, represents Ferrari’s interpretation of the regulations in force in 2008. A major new element of these is the introduction of a new electronic system to be used by all teams, known as SECU (Standard Electronic Control Unit) and produced by MES (McLaren Electronic Systems.) It consists of a single control unit and a software system, the development of which ends as the season begins.

Other areas affected by rule changes are: gearbox, which must be used for four consecutive events; safety, with the introduction of higher side protection around the driver's helmet; materials, with a limit to the type of composites that can be used. As a result of these rules, there has been an increase in the weight of the F2008 over its predecessor.

All aerodynamic surfaces on the car have been completely revised. However, the current version will be replaced by a completely different configuration in time for the first 2008 race in March and an intensive and all-encompassing development programme is planned to run throughout the season.

The monococque has been further cut away under the driver's legs and the side pods and engine cover are more tapered. The suspension system has been reworked and developed around the new aerodynamics.

The wheelbase and weight distribution have been adapted to meet the challenge of the new regulations and on the basis of lessons learned last year in terms of the performance of the Bridgestone tyres. Changes to the technical and sporting regulations in terms of electronics, alongside the introduction of the SECU, have led to the removal of a host of a driver aids, such as traction control and engine braking and the electronically assisted start system, and also mean that management of the differential, engine and gearchange are much simpler.

The gearbox casing is produced in carbon, while the transmission continues to be mounted longitudinally. For the second consecutive year the gearchange is fitted with a quick shift system, adapted to the SECU software and further speeded up. The braking system has been updated with new callipers and innovative concepts regarding cooling.

The 056 engine is mounted longitudinally and continues as a load bearing element. Its basic structure remains unchanged compared to the unit homologated at the start of last season, while its auxiliary systems, air and fuel intakes have been further developed. The technical regulations also call for the use of fuel corresponding to European Union norms, with a content of components derived from biological sources equal to 5.75%.

Ferrari F2008 technical specifications – chassis

Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure

Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Limited-slip differential

Semiautomatic sequential
electronically controlled gearbox
quick-shift

Number of gears: 7 + Reverse

Ventilated carbon-fibre
disc brakes
Independent suspension,
push-rod activated torsion
springs front and rear

Weight (with water, lubricant and driver): 605 kg

BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13''

Engine

Type: 056

Number of cylinders: 8

Cylinder block in cast
aluminium: V 90°

Number of valves: 32

Pneumatic distribution

Total displacement: 2398 cm3

Piston bore: 98 mm

Weight: <95 kg

Magneti Marelli digital electronic injection

Magneti Marelli static
electronic ignition

Fuel: Shell V-Power ULG 64

Lubricant: Shell SL-1098
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I saw the pictures on formula1.com, the car looks great!
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Ferrari F2008 - side protection
The side protection around the driver's helmet (black arrows) is 15mm higher than on the F2007. This is partly because of new safety rules but is also the result of the chassis' slightly lower front section. The higher protection doesn't limit the driver's rear visibility since, as on the F2007, the...
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Ferrari F2008 - engine cover
The new engine cover is slimmer than its predecessor, with the bodywork acting like a second skin, encompassing the engine heads and the airbox hidden inside (yellow arrow). This provides a cleaner airflow to the rear wing, increasing the wing's efficiency. This is even more crucial than in the...
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Ferrari F2008 - nose cone
The F2008's nose cone appears visibly higher than that on the F2007, a result of the longer pillars that connect it to the front wing (1). The base of the nose is also heavily sculpted, thereby providing better management of the airflow passing underneath it, an area that is crucial to the car's...

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Season 2008 - Ferrari tighten security
Eurosport - Mon, 07 Jan 14:31:00 2008
Ferrari have tightened their security measures ahead of the new Formula One season in a bid to avoid a repeat of the spy scandal that cast a shadow over the sport in 2007.

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Speaking at the launch of the team's all-new F2008 machine in Maranello, the team's directors of operations Mario Almondo said that they were taking things so seriously that photographers were not even allowed at the unveiling.

"The IT safety level in the company has been increased a lot in recent times. Everyone visiting Ferrari has to sign a confidentiality agreement," he said.

"This is not my personal feeling. Audits have taken place to make sure that this is the truth, we have periodical programs and meetings to check the level of our IT security.

"Obviously security can't be achieved without discipline and organisation. So all this is linked with the organisation and the behaviour of the people.

"Who works for us must subscribe to certain kinds of regulations from the ethical point of view and with regards to the use of the information systems.

"We are working very hard on this aspect as some of the employees have a superficial approach. This is a never-ending job."

Spygate erupted last June when Ferrari's technical manager Nigel Stepney was accused of leaking confidential information to McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan.

Stepney was sacked and Coughland suspended before McLaren were fined &#163;50.2 million and thrown out of the constructors' world championship for knowingly possessing the information.

Ferrari had been caught out before as well. Two former employees were jailed after they were found guilty of taking technical information to Toyota when they moved squads in 2004.

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Axis Of Oversteer: Ferrari F2008 Video and team interviews

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F2008 to suit Raikkonen better

F2008 to suit Raikkonen better
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Piero Lardi Ferrari says the Italian team's new car, the F2008, will be better suited to Kimi Raikkonen than was its predecessor.

Despite winning the 2007 world championship at the Interlagos season finale last October, Raikkonen struggled for much of the season following his switch from McLaren.

"He will have a car (this year) that better suits his driving style," Ferrari, the only living son of the Maranello based team's founder Enzo Ferrari, is quoted as saying by the Electric New Paper.

Ferrari, also a 10 percent owner of the famous marque, added: "That was the problem at one time last year: his style did not suit the F2007 and vice versa."
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Piero Lardi Ferrari says the Italian team's new car, the F2008, will be better suited to Kimi Raikkonen than was its predecessor.

Despite winning the 2007 world championship at the Interlagos season finale last October, Raikkonen struggled for much of the season following his switch from McLaren.

"He will have a car (this year) that better suits his driving style," Ferrari, the only living son of the Maranello based team's founder Enzo Ferrari, is quoted as saying by the Electric New Paper.

Ferrari, also a 10 percent owner of the famous marque, added: "That was the problem at one time last year: his style did not suit the F2007 and vice versa."

Hmmm, I wonder if this means compromises to what Massa liked?

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hmm, the car is more suited to Kimi but Michael was still faster in testing if I recall correctly. This sounds to me more like posturing and gamesmanship leading up to Melbourne than a statement of fact.

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