Why are F1 cars open wheel?

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My point is that open wheel racing isn't the definition of F1. People might have associated open wheel design machineries with F1, but the open wheel feature itself does not represent F1, as many various forms of motorsport adopt the same concept.

It definitely isn't an unique character about F1.
 

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Doesn't the suspension and balance become easier in an open wheel car? Isn't that why buggies are open wheel? They're like spiders spreading the weight over a big area instead of being like elephants.
 

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lol, is F1 is the only form of open wheel racing you know?


LMAO

Bit of tunnel vision there.

They would lose SO much cool factor though.

I still stand by my point. Whether or not closed wheels make the car faster, it would feel amazingly different if the cars weren't open wheel.

The cars themselves already look supernatural (especially before the fish-like body parts were banned) and putting covers on the wheels would liken them to everyday cars. Closing the wheels would lose a significant amount of bedroomwallposterfanboyism


edit: THATS WHY WE DONT FUCKING WANT 4 POTS. NOT ENOUGH COOL FACTOR.
 
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Doesn't the suspension and balance become easier in an open wheel car? Isn't that why buggies are open wheel? They're like spiders spreading the weight over a big area instead of being like elephants.

I imagine buggies use open wheels so they can have massive suspension travel. Road racers need a few inches at most so they can get away easily with wheel housings.
 

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putting covers on the wheels would liken them to everyday cars. Closing the wheels would lose a significant amount of bedroomwallposterfanboyism

Yeah...right. You tell me this doesn't look as badass as it can get.

http://pic.armedcats.net/a/al/alxbwscrew/2011/06/02/Peugeot-908-HYbrid4-front-angle500-x-308.jpg

http://pic.armedcats.net/a/al/alxbwscrew/2011/06/02/908-HYBRID4-1.jpg
 

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I agree losing the open wheels would make it not Formula 1 anymore. In fact the concept is so attached to it, that even though Formula means any number of regulations that any racing series imposes on it's constructors for them to build their cars, people refer to feeder/smaller open wheel series as "baby formula cars" (remember like when Hammond had to drive the Renault around the short Silverstone circuit and was talking about the Formula Renault cars and the World series by Renault).

And... no I don't like LeMans cars too much they look fat and big. Even worse if they sport a HYBRID tag on their side, eugh :p
 

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And... no I don't like LeMans cars too much they look fat and big. Even worse if they sport a HYBRID tag on their side, eugh :p

Philistine. :lol: Put a Sauber-Mercedes C11 and a current F1 car in front of each other, the F1 car would run away and cry when it comes to absolute power and aural pleasure.
 

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Philistine. :lol: Put a Sauber-Mercedes C11 and a current F1 car in front of each other, the F1 car would run away and cry when it comes to absolute power and aural pleasure.

If by run away you mean lap the circuit plenty of seconds faster, then yes.
 

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There is a way to have closed wheels yet retain the open wheel look and feel.

red-bull-x1-gets-real-1-640x354.jpg


I'd like to see F1 experiment with that.
 

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Those front brakes probably are dripping out after a few corners.

Brake ducts are on the inside part of a wheel.
 

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That honestly looks like crap... I'd stop watching it if it went that idiotic.
Also that's an interesting way to cook a driver inside his seat.

Reminds me of those Indy concepts that had emerged...

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And they went with the most conventional one, I think for good obvious reasons.
 
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That honestly looks like crap... I'd stop watching it if it went that idiotic.
Also that's an interesting way to cook a driver inside his seat.

Reminds me of those Indy concepts that had emerged...


And they went with the most conventional one, I think for good obvious reasons.

Says a lot when they name their car lola.
 
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