Formula One racing is without a doubt the ultimate form of road racing on the planet. Nothing can compete with it when it comes to going around the track. With the current season coming to a close, teams are starting to shift focus towards the cars of the 2017 season.

2016 Redbull car on 2017 tires Photo: twitter
2016 Redbull car on 2017 tires
Photo: twitter

Motorsports, in general, are known for having strict regulations when it comes to their cars in order to keep things fair on a competitive level. But it seems like F1 takes the cake so to speak when it comes to the regulations and requirements of the cars. However, if you think about it F1 is competition on the highest level and no expense is spared in any way. These cars are said to be worth over $2.6 million each just as they sit, but when you start adding in the replacement parts and teams and of course the tires.

Michael Schumacher in 1997 car Photo: f1fanatic
Michael Schumacher in 1997 car
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The governing body of the sport is Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, or more commonly referred to as the FIA, and they have announced some major changes to the cars for the 2017 season. A lot of those changes will change the cosmetics of the car while also changing the whole dynamics as well. One of the most noticeable changes will be with the Pirelli tires. It’s been reported that tires will be 25% wider than what’s currently being used! That doesn’t seem like it would be much, but when you look at how wide the existing tires are, then add another quarter of that you are talking some serious rubber.

Current 2016 Mercedes wearing 2017 rubber. Photo: motorsport
Current 2016 Mercedes wearing 2017 rubber.
Photo: motorsport

The measurements on the new tires are 305/670-13 in the front and a massive 405/670-13 in the rear. The current tires used are 245mm up front and only 325mm in the rear, just in case you’re not sure what those numbers mean its width/height in mm-rim size in inches. Now that’s some serious contact with the road which should allow for going faster through turns. But that also means more weight, apparently a couple pounds each so it’s likely to slow the cars down on the straightaways.

Photo: roadandtrack
Photo: roadandtrack

There are going to be many other changes as well such as a much lower stance, lower and wider wings, wider bodywork. Many hardcore F1 enthusiasts believe these new regulations are going to make the cars not only perform faster, but look faster, and overall more “beautiful” than ever before. Well at least since the late 80’s and early 90’s.

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