...comes back to the argument that it's always horses for courses...where and how you race will determine what equipment you use. The bottom line in engineering is determined by cost, practicability, what is available and how far you want to take an idea, there is always the optimal crossover point of pros and cons. Why limit your fan to a fixed ratio to say, engine rpm? why be tied to a single engine (see Brabham fan vs. Chapparal), why be limited to a reciprocating engine, after all the quote was completely free regs.[/size]
If one uses, say a fan-jet engine, the by-pass could be used to evacuate the under car plenum, thus providing downforce, whilst the central spool drives the wheels, if you take the drive mechanically to the wheel, it could be a pure thrust car, or the turbine could turn a generator that in turn would drive separate in-hub motors computer controlled to work at the limit of slip in each individual wheel, possibly with individual steer to improve handling, effectively a real drive-by-wire, with the computer changing parameters to make car follow a driver determined trajectory. Think big... [/size] [/size]
The spectre of car performance outstripping human physical capability will always be a barrier, we were coming close to it in the skirted ground effect cars, if only on the non-assisted steering of the time, plus the lateral and longitudinal G forces being developed, think the evolution of fighter planes, from fly-by-wire to the ultimate (well, for a while) transition to drones and missiles. Thanks to Moore's law, the silicon side of engineering will very quickly outstrip the evolution driven development of this all too mortal flesh. Yikes, we are sliding into philosophical ground here... [/size] [/size] [/size] [/size]
I think you are right - it would be all fly-by-wire - it didn't occur to me before you said it. But the basic car - fully enclosed wheels - enclosed cockpit - probably 1500/2000BHP - fan car (very high suction) - 4 wheel drive - very wide tyres - possibly variable wings/ground effect stuff - and all the drive by wire stuff you mentioned.
As for "predictive" - I have always assumed that the fully automatic F1 cars (when was that? I recall Michael Andretti at McLaren drove his car fully automatic) must have "known" where they were on the circuit by some circuit mapping method.
Or would a "no-rules" car be ultra simple - maybe very much like a current F1 car - but with a 5 or 6 litre (or whatever) engine giving over 1500BHP - maybe variable-cammed, extra gears - and even lighter than current F1 cars. The type of car might be changed for a particular circuit.
When you think about it, it is not surprising that F1 does actually have fairly strict rules.
Edited by Kelpiecross, 14 September 2013 - 13:25.