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#4467390 - 07/22/17 07:01 PM Some explanations from Honda
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#4467393 - 07/22/17 07:07 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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So will they stop having engines fail , before then end of the race now ?


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#4467513 - 07/22/17 09:14 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: Bud_One]
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They'll have their reliability sorted out in time for the new engine formula. wink

Actually, Renault should be counting their blessings, that Honda is monopolising the "bad engine" headlines.
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#4467560 - 07/22/17 10:28 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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So they said things did not show on an engine dyno, why don't they use a chassis dyno. I know lowly nascar teams will run a car on a chassis dyno up to speed to loo kfor drivetrain vibrations.
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#4467584 - 07/22/17 11:02 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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This is racing. There is no excuse.

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#4467643 - 07/23/17 01:56 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: bdcardinal]
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Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
So they said things did not show on an engine dyno, why don't they use a chassis dyno. I know lowly nascar teams will run a car on a chassis dyno up to speed to loo kfor drivetrain vibrations.


I'm pretty sure that's against the rules. You know, the 3" thick book they wrote to try and put a lid on costs. The one that costs more to enforce/work around than they were spending on testing and development in any case. Anyway, it is what it is.

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#4467789 - 07/23/17 08:43 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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The real reason is, Honda is new at this game, and is NOT the huge company that Toyota is, with limitless amounts of money to throw at it.
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#4467842 - 07/23/17 09:52 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: HangFire]
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Originally Posted By: HangFire
The real reason is, Honda is new at this game, and is NOT the huge company that Toyota is, with limitless amounts of money to throw at it.


Dead right, look how many world championships Toyota has racked up vs Honda.. Oh wait.. I'm pretty sure Toyota never won a race.

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#4467856 - 07/23/17 10:10 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: HangFire]
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Originally Posted By: HangFire
The real reason is, Honda is new at this game, and is NOT the huge company that Toyota is, with limitless amounts of money to throw at it.


Honda is not "new at this game". They have done well in F1 in past years with numerous wins since 1968 BCP (before cell phones) where Toyota has failed to make any headway and quit. It appears that Honda suffered more from the tsunami than was at first realized and that resources had to be redirected to keep the manufacturing core of their business alive.

Honda powered McLarens won 44 races with 53 poles from 1988-1992. Their reliability and power were untouchable and this partnership along with their drivers, Arton Senna and Alain Prost owned F1. The only question at those races was not whether a Honda powered car would win but which driver would win.

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#4468046 - 07/23/17 02:04 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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Ancient history.
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#4468202 - 07/23/17 05:11 PM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: DeepFriar]
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At the risk of painting with too broad a brush (not to mention the threat from marauding Honda fanbois) I have begun to wonder if the whole Honda corporate structure has lost the engineering/mechanical bent it long had. I have not been truly impressed with their efforts for at least a dozen years. The VTEC hayday has come and gone and the newer models are fairly ho-hum in my opinion. It's as though they just stoppd investing in "doing it better" and have been coasting. Just my .02.

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#4468756 - 07/24/17 09:29 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Originally Posted By: HangFire
The real reason is, Honda is new at this game, and is NOT the huge company that Toyota is, with limitless amounts of money to throw at it.


Honda is not "new at this game". They have done well in F1 in past years with numerous wins since 1968 BCP (before cell phones) where Toyota has failed to make any headway and quit. It appears that Honda suffered more from the tsunami than was at first realized and that resources had to be redirected to keep the manufacturing core of their business alive.

Honda powered McLarens won 44 races with 53 poles from 1988-1992. Their reliability and power were untouchable and this partnership along with their drivers, Arton Senna and Alain Prost owned F1. The only question at those races was not whether a Honda powered car would win but which driver would win.

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I think Honda was arrogant due to past success (though their most recent spell in F1 from 2000 to 2008 netted them all of ONE win so it's not like they had always been successful). If past success counted then Cosworth should be tearing it up right now...
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#4469567 - 07/25/17 03:31 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: Brad_C]
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Originally Posted By: Brad_C
I'm pretty sure that's against the rules. You know, the 3" thick book they wrote to try and put a lid on costs. The one that costs more to enforce/work around than they were spending on testing and development in any case. Anyway, it is what it is.

It's not that thick. wink I think the technical regulations are only 100 pages or so.

With respect to Honda's success over the years, Autosport magazine did a feature on how they really didn't do that well if you look at the numbers. Aside from the Ayrton Senna years, which make all the headlines, there were some mighty disastrous years. Nonetheless, Honda does have the resources to straighten things out, should they devote the resources and get creative enough. Mercedes, Ferrari, and Renault wouldn't hesitate to poach the best talent from other teams (or other divisions within the parent company, which is what Mercedes did). Honda looks way too inwardly. They need to look at some outside talent. That's not a failing; that's forward thinking.
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#4470679 - 07/26/17 08:14 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: Garak]
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Originally Posted By: Garak
Originally Posted By: Brad_C
I'm pretty sure that's against the rules. You know, the 3" thick book they wrote to try and put a lid on costs. The one that costs more to enforce/work around than they were spending on testing and development in any case. Anyway, it is what it is.

It's not that thick. wink I think the technical regulations are only 100 pages or so.


Yeah, I know but without a bit of hyperbole it doesn't quite sound as magnificent smile

In any case, Honda need to get it together because at the moment they're making Renault look relatively good and we need a bit more pressure on the French to get it together. At least Ferrari are providing a bit of competition this year. Best season we've seen in years (in my personal opinion anyway - not humble, but worth what you paid for it).

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#4470721 - 07/26/17 09:03 AM Re: Some explanations from Honda [Re: bdcardinal]
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Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
So they said things did not show on an engine dyno, why don't they use a chassis dyno. I know lowly nascar teams will run a car on a chassis dyno up to speed to loo kfor drivetrain vibrations.


Ok, so I looked into this a bit further. There's nothing in the Technical Regs on Dyno usage, but Article 5.2 in Appendix 8 (Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions - ATR) of the FIA F1 Sporting regulations explicitly permit "Steady state and dynamic engine dynamometer work with an F1 car or subcomponent may be performed (and therefore not within the definition of RWTT) provided that"..

And it goes on to basically say yes you can use a chassis dyno *but* there must be no front or rear wings and nothing that can be construed as Aero testing. So that honestly knocks out a whole host of vibration sources that Honda might want to be testing against. Without the road surface and interaction between the aero and suspension you're effectively testing on a static bed anyway, so back to a custom chassis specific engine dyno. You really need the complete car to get a representative test, and you aren't allowed to use it.

That's the only reference to Dyno work I can find (although there are several Appendices I can't find). All testing limitations really pertain to aero and on-road.

Since I had the 2018 regs open, I had to look. They're down to 3 of each major component next year and they have effectively nailed down the potential for oil burning to supplement fuel.

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