Ferrari Introduces New Wheel Rim Design in Formula 1 Testing in Barcelona


Date : Feb 25, 2019 Author : PMR Editorial Staff Category : Automotive and Transportation

Ferrari Introduces New Wheel Rim Design in Formula 1 Testing in Barcelona

Ferrari has debuted a new wheel rim design in its Formula 1 racing car testing at Barcelona. The new solution was trialled on the second day of Formula 1 testing. The new wheel features various raised sections in order to control the temperature within the wheel. This also helps to draw heat away from the tire, ensuring even heat distribution in the rubber, while cutting down the level of thermal degradation at rears.

Scalloped rims were first introduced by Mercedes in 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. As the team had found various issues with its tire management capabilities. Mercedes remind on the car throughout 2018, resulting in six victories to the team. Following the suite, Ferrari has tested its Formula 1 car with similar wheels in order to help bleed-out the heat from its rear tires in its own effort to manage the level of blistering and wear that is experienced at high temperatures.

Ferrari has debuted a new wheel rim design in its Formula 1 racing car testing at Barcelona. The new solution was trialled on the second day of Formula 1 testing. The new wheel features various raised sections in order to control the temperature within the wheel. This also helps to draw heat away from the tire, ensuring even heat distribution in the rubber, while cutting down the level of thermal degradation at rears.

Scalloped rims were first introduced by Mercedes in 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. As the team had found various issues with its tire management capabilities. Mercedes remind on the car throughout 2018, resulting in six victories to the team. Following the suite, Ferrari has tested its Formula 1 car with similar wheels in order to help bleed-out the heat from its rear tires in its own effort to manage the level of blistering and wear that is experienced at high temperatures.

As compared to the wheel rim design by Mercedes, Ferrari has raised the sections to enhance the desired effect of the heat management. The number of teams also used aero sensors to analyze design by them in real world. Ferrari also monitored pressure by affixing large tower sensor to the rear wing to look at areas that are around that section of the car and to determine rear-end aerodynamics efficiency. Ferrari started winter testing with Mercedes, McLaren, Red bull, Toro Rosso, and others. Meanwhile, McLaren also introduced similar wheel design which were covered in the black thermal paint to further reduce the heat transfer to the tires.

The sales in the automotive wheels is surging owing to the significant growth in the automotive industry and increasing vehicle demand in the US, China, Germany, and India. Meanwhile, customers are also customizing the wheels of their vehicles including size, color, power coating, engraving, texture, thereby, creating opportunity in the automotive wheel market, especially in the rim manufacturing.

To offer a better and efficient product, the majority of the companies are establishing strategic partnerships with tire manufacturers. Companies are also collaborating to provide better future rim and wheel design for next-gen with launch of new car models. Meanwhile, the biggest factor that is likely to hamper the growth of automotive wheel market is the extension of component life through maintenance and repair, this will help to improve component life, thus, impacting the demand for new components. Moreover, new technologies are being launched in the market that allows customers to maintain and repair wheel rims, and eliminates the need for replacement.

The automotive wheel market is expected to create the incremental opportunity of more than US$ 23,127.0 million by the end of 2026. Increasing demand for vehicles combined with the growing demand for light weight components is likely to fuel demand for advanced and lightweight automotive wheels. In Asia Pacific, India and China are emerging as the noticeable markets for automotive manufacturers due to the increasing demand for personal vehicles and easy availability of loans by financial institutions, which is making it easy to purchase a car.


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