: Schumacher demanded a new V10 instead of V12 as precondition.
: So, if anything, Schumacher has been favoring V10s.
I'm not sure about the `preconditional' aspect but a change from
V12 to V10 was certainly reasonable for `drivability' reasons. As I
recall, Schumacher tested both engines and while he felt that
the V10 provided the better overall package he was quite impressed by
the V12's power. The article was not implying that Schumacher wanted
to keep the V12 but rather that he was appreciative of some of its
characteristics. Ferrari engineers have been unable to reduce the weight
of their V10 to below the `target' 100 kg mark and advances in materials
engineering have been such that the weight penalty for a V12 is no
longer as important a factor as it used be. One other advantage of the V12
is that its vibrations are considered easier to damp out than a V10 (I'm
not sure whether this is a `real' issue or just a matter of experience).
La Gazzetta continues to speculate about the return of a 12 in 2000 or 2001.
Can you explain to me how a 1.7% increase in the rpm can yield a 3.8%
increase in HP?
No I can't, perhaps I should have pointed out the suspicious linearity
myself, but most folks round here know that any engine info is to be taken
with a grain or twenty of salt. The point is that they can get lots more
power for qualifying and a little more power for the race. To be fair to
La Gazzetta, they did point out that Schumacher and Ferrari were giving
opposite stories about whether a revised engine had been tested or not,
reading between the lines: "we don't 'ava cluea whether thees ees real
or nota but il capo willa go gorilla if he seea blanka pagea".
: WOO-HOO! The return of the V12!
Keep your pants on: it is only a rumour that stems from the fact that a
500 cc V2 is a 3 l V12 divided by six. You never know, Ferrari might be
quitting F1 and going into bikes instead :-)
School of Comp. Sci. & Soft. Eng., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia