Thu 12 Jun 2008
With rules prohibiting the use of moveable parts in F1 for the forseeable future, could this end up meaning that road cars leave their racing counterparts behind technologically speaking rather than the other way round?
It should never come to this obviously, but with the current freeze on engine development, it may be we see great strides taken in road cars during that period which the manufacturers can’t evolve on the track as well.
BMW are renowned for having award winning powerplants in most of their roadcar ranges, and their F1 engine is no slouch either but the next few years will allow the road car division to bridge the gap you would think. The engineers who would otherwise be working on F1 may even have been diverted to other duties in the meantime, lending their knowledge and experience to the road car division.
But what really got me thinking about this was this clip I spotted on YouTube. BMW’s head of design, Chris Bangle (love him or hate him!) has revealed a possible interpretation of the future. While it goes against anything currently on the road, you would expect motorsport to also be ahead of the current roadcars, but the Gina is ahead of even these - in fact it appears to be in a totally different direction to the way current F1 rules are pointing.
So, is Bangle wrong to be thinking in this way or is it the rule-makers of F1 who will be forced to about-turn with the rules?
Obviously, this car is many years away from production and it may be that nothing like it ever prowls the streets but then again we may all be driving something similar in twenty years time. I wonder if Lewis Hamilton’s successors will still be forced to drive around in cars with no flexible wings etc at that time…