Titanium skid plates to create sparks???

Discussion in 'F1' started by Serie1926, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Serie1926

    Serie1926 Formula Junior

    Sep 8, 2012
    I guess next, they'll be installing playing cards with clothespins in the spokes of the wheels to create noise. Jeez...
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  3. NürScud

    NürScud F1 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2012
    I feel disappointed day by day..
  4. Bas Jaski

    Bas Jaski Three Time F1 World Champ

    Mar 24, 2008
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    Don't understand why people are so upset on this.

    Normal skid plates = not many visible sparks except in dark.

    titanium skid plates = many sparks. Sparks are cool. What's the big deal? It's not artificial. The skid plate remains a skidplate. It does exactly the same as before, except more sparks.

    If cars where fitted with 2 titanium wires constantly touching the ground simply to create sparks, THAT is artificial....
  5. freshmeat

    freshmeat F1 Veteran

    Aug 30, 2011
    haters gonna hate.
  6. TheMayor

    TheMayor Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Feb 11, 2008
    Vegas baby
    Why don't they just play fake engine noises and give everyone earphones?
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  8. NeuroBeaker

    NeuroBeaker Moderator

    Oct 1, 2008
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    One positive is that it'll show which cars are running closer to the ground. Where the sparks are coming from could show differences in relative rake. It could be quite informative. :)

    All the best,
  9. piolaxo

    piolaxo Formula Junior

    Feb 24, 2012
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    Personally, I like them. The sport has many more serious issues than this.
  10. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    Me, personally, I'm waiting for the lawsuit when a building at some random track catches fire from the sparks due to inclement drought conditions.....
  11. DGS

    DGS Four Time F1 World Champ
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    It's a bit like Ford recycling the "Thunderbird" name, or Alfa making a "GTV-6" in FWD, or yet another Ghibli.

    People who've lost the thread, trying to recapture past glories.

    "Remember when we were good?"

    Never a good thing for a "constructors' series" to be looking backwards.
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  13. Fast_ian

    Fast_ian Two Time F1 World Champ

    Sep 25, 2006
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    Ian Anderson

    And where's the 'negatives' in a *return* to titanium skid plates? They used them back in the so called 'good ol' days' for example..... ;)

    OTOH, & I understand why they have it, but the plank I've always considered a little 'agricultural'....F1 cars shouldn't be carrying lumber!.....

  14. hank sound

    hank sound F1 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2004
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    Hank Garfield
    Hey, they do often refer to F1 as the "circus", and sparks have always been a part of the circus.

    Anyway, it's just harmless eye candy that isn't meant to ruin anyone's day.

    Happy new season, folks. :):) Go SEB & KIMI !!!!

    Cheers, Hank
  15. TifosiUSA

    TifosiUSA F1 Veteran

    Nov 18, 2007
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    You and Bas are spot on! I love that they are back.
  16. ricksb

    ricksb F1 Veteran
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    B. Ricks
    Agree completely!
  17. nsxrebel

    nsxrebel Formula 3

    Jan 8, 2004
    I love the sparks, just like in the good ol' days!
  18. TeamF1Jr

    TeamF1Jr Formula 3

    Nov 8, 2003
    Lake Mead
    No issues with these. Showbiz part of sport.
  19. schumacherf2006

    schumacherf2006 F1 Rookie
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  20. Serie1926

    Serie1926 Formula Junior

    Sep 8, 2012
    I wished they'd "Showbiz" a 12 cylinder normally aspirated "power unit" running 20k+rpms :)
  21. NeuroBeaker

    NeuroBeaker Moderator

    Oct 1, 2008
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    Agreed! :D

    All the best,
  22. ginge82

    ginge82 Formula 3

    Jul 23, 2012
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    Art Corvelay
    I know its not trendy to say but I like the change to titanium plates and I also like the helmet rule too.

    The cars look and sound better than last year as well.
  23. vintageracer27

    vintageracer27 Karting

    Dec 9, 2004
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    Another vote in favor of the new titanium skid plates.
    The tungsten plates from the 80's were a bit over the top.
    The recent yellow plank smoke (most notable at Eau Rouge) was boring.
    I think the new plates hit the mark.
    Also, should I be this gleeful that Alonso jumped to McLaren? It feels like karma to me.
  24. 4rePhill

    4rePhill F1 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2009
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    Phill J
    It wont be quite so "harmless" if it causes a driver to be distracted during one of the night races resulting in an accident! - That might ruin quite a few peoples day!
  25. Robb

    Robb Moderator
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    Robb Williamson
    As a photographer - I like the sparks!

  26. ELP_JC

    ELP_JC Formula 3

    Dec 13, 2008
    I don't mind the sparks either. But have a question: Is there a minimum thickness this year as well? That could be a problem, no?

    I also noticed the tranny is an 8-sp now; don't remember which cars were shown in qualifying, but saw at least 2 showing an '8'. Is that across the board? Never heard of that rule change. They've been 7 for many years, right?
  27. Fast_ian

    Fast_ian Two Time F1 World Champ

    Sep 25, 2006
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    Ian Anderson
    They changed to 8 speeds with the rule change last year. Probably didn't notice as not many were using the big ass display most are now running - I've also noticed their displays are sometimes easier to read than in the past (color monitors?).

    Also worth noting that these 8 ratios are fixed, and must be declared to the FIA ahead of the season. Last year they had a little 'wiggle room' - IIRC, they were allowed up to two changes last year, not sure about this one. (?)

  28. hank sound

    hank sound F1 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2004
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    Hank Garfield
    Hi Phill, - - - not saying your thinking is wrong --------- but compared to the sun hanging low in the sky, dashing between trees that make forward vision go bright and then dark ......or gusting winds at some turn that throw one into the kitty litter (was it #15)) ....... or temperature changes that make the whole pit lane go bonkers as regards tire maintenance.

    As for night races, the overall lighting scheme is such that its coverage is even more uniform than that of the sun's.

    In this light, would you not agree that the sparks are actually, pretty harmless?

    Countdown in just 3 hours (here in California, USA).

    Cheers all, Hank

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