> "A row is brewing behind the Fl scenes after Ferrari attempted to get
>a ban imposed on the use of the *** aluminium beryllium
I should have posted on this some days ago, but I'm lazy and was hoping
that someone else would do my dirty work.
The August/Spetember issue of Race Tech includes excerpts from an interview
with Max Mosley:
'Mosley dismissed rumours that the FIA was going to ban the use of
beryllium or other *** materials in the interest of curtailing engine
>Ferrari claims, has carcogenic qualities which make it unsafe to be
>handled in a racing application.
'Some Formula One engine designers have expressed concerns at the cost of
this technology. However, Mosley says that there is no plan to ban such
parts provided that the FIA is satisfied that they pose no health risk.
'"Our attitude is that when it comes to machining beryllium, then that is
an industrial problem. Allegedly it is a second degree carcinogen, which is
about the same as mahogany. What we're concerned about is whether there is
any danger in use and we're looking into that at the moment. My view is
that provided there is no health hazard in use then let them do it."'
>It is believed that such a ban would
>effectively force Merceedes to s***its current Fl engine, which is
>believed to use aluminium beryllium cylinder liners.
'McLaren, of course, uses the Ilmor made Mercedes engine, one of the
leaders in today's power race. As we reported earlier this year, currently
under development for this race are aluminium/beryllium cylinder liners,
pistons, and con rods, which will help make engines smaller, lighter, and
'This will come as welcome news to McLaren and Mercedes. Questioned by Race
Tech, Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug declined to confirm or deny
that the Ilmor engine now deploys beryllium. However, he made it clear that
he was not at all concerned at the cost implications of such material. "We
can afford what it takes to win. We get back more than we are investing."'
Given the below, one wonders if FIAT might not be in the same enviable
position, or if Ferrari is simply behind in its engine technology. Or . . .
Above quotes ? 1998 Race Tech (August/September 1998, page 5).
>Yet at the same
>time Ferrari has been attempting to obtain exclusive supplies of
>aluminium beryllium without the other Fl teams knowing, much to the
>irritation of McLaren and Williams."
>? Autocar 2/9/98
. . . is Ferrari generally concerned about the risks? I gather that Ferrari
claims that there is a danger "in use" from the wear inside an engine. How
aluminum/beryllium compares as a health hazard to beryllium alone, I don't
know. I thought the point of using the high aluminum content alloy was
mostly to _avoid_ the hazards of plain beryllium. Anyone have more data?
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