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Wings, Cars and Elevation!

Formula 1 Ferrari Front Wings

A little over 8 friggin’ years ago, I developed the below piece of work showing variations to the design of a Formula 1 front wing. The idea was to take an example wing, vary the design a number of times to demonstrate the variation in design of Formula 1 front wings at the time. This has been taken from my old DeviantArt account (http://stylepixelstudios.deviantart.com/)

2008 Work

I quote liked this excercise, but with the sheer complexity of the front wings employed in modern times, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to replicate the same feat. I therefore decided to try and replicate historical front wings as a matter of comparison between the years. I would try and create a graphic of each front wing used each year, from the same perspective, in order for each wing to be comparable instantly.

I took the 2016 wing as the baseline, and have purposely not included any sponsor or brand markings as I wanted the form of the wing to stand out.

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Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari SF16-H

I then set out to do my next wing – this time from the 2013 car, the F138. The 2013 F138 front wing was the most complex wing of the 1800mm wide era of front wings (from 2009 – 2013), with 5 years of development under the belts of the Ferrari aerodynamic team.

The issue I had now with this wing was that I had to fit the perspective in with what was established in the 2016 front wing. The result is below:2013 900

Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari F138

Further to this, I developed the very first Ferrari front wing from 2009 from the Ferrari F60. This was the first front wing from the new 1800mm width era with the neutral middle section. Comparing with the above, it’s quite a change!

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Formula 1 front wing – Ferrari F60

I am hoping eventually to complete the set of front wings from the same angle to demonstrate the evolution of the Formula 1 front wing, whether it be from evolutionary change, or from a regulations refresh. The plan would be to show a 15 year history, starting in 2002, and producing a wing for every year up to 2016. This is what the matrix looks like now:

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Formula 1 2017 Renderings with 2016 liveries

One of the projects that has been sitting on the sidelines for a bit is the design of an identity for a Formula 1 racing team, provisionally called Falcon or Falconer Racing Team. As part of this, I wanted to develop a really nice side view rendering for the 2017 Formula 1 aerodynamic regulations coming in, so I could develop some mock up liveries for the new (fictional) team.

After starting way back in May this year, I finally got my butt into gear and finished it up!

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The car has designed with the expected 2017 Formula 1 aerodynamic regulations in mind, and features many of the changes that are known at the time. Included are the ‘chevron’ front wing, larger bargeboards, angled sidepod flow conditioners (which I have seen both included and not included in speculative renderings from others), and the angled rear wing.

In reality, this wasn’t an engineering study, so I have taken design traits from a number of existing cars

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Front Detail

The front end of the car utilities a fairly uninspired nose cone,  but employs a front wing endplate that has featured on the Mercedes W07. The front wheel is taken largely off the Red Bull RB12.

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Rear Detail

The rear of the car utilises a Mercedes W07 style rear wheel, with a variation of the interesting rear wing endplate that McLaren brought with them to the mid season Austria test

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2017 Formula 1 Car – Mid Detail

The middle of the car utilises a Mercedes W07 style airbox (angled forward and quite large!) with fairly normal parts otherwise – the angled sidepod flow conditioner notwithstanding.

With this template, I can generate good looking liveries for the Falcon/Falconer Racing Team on a realistic rendering!

To demonstrate the ability of the template, I went and developed all 11 2016 Formula 1 team liveries on the 2017 car template:

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Ferrari

Red Bull White

Red Bull Racing

Renault White

Renault

Mercedes White

Mercedes

 

Sauber White

Sauber

STR White

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Williams White

Williams

Force India White

Haas White

Haas

Manor White

Manor

McLaren White

McLaren

With the template as well, I can generate fantasy liveries, which I may do in the future!

Sunbury International Circuit Elevation

Work continues, albiet slowly, on the Sunbury International Circuit. This time I have developed a 3D rendering of the elevation profile of the circuit:

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This was developed after I came upon some very accurate elevation data for the area. This new data required me to review the exisiting elevation data for the circuit and make revisions based on what I found. Further to that, I always wanted to develop something like the above for the circuit, and finally had the chance with the accurate elevation data. The elevation above is magnified by 8x, so don’t get any ideas of really awesome elevation changes!

Work on the layout of the entire property, including exit/entry, parking, etc. continues!

Future Work

There is plenty happening, including Falcon/Falconer Racing Team Formula 1 identity design, and Australiair airline identity design. With the latter, I am still trying to piece together what type of airline I want it to be (low cost, middle ground, higher up). I am also always wanting to go back and do a pixel scene as well. Stay tuned!

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Spanish Grand Prix F1 Weekend Race Review

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix has come and gone, and it played out to be one of the best races this year, if not for a number of years!

This was very much helped by the Mercedes drivers taking each other out at the 4th corner, when an overtaking attempt by Lewis Hamilton went astray after Nico Rosberg shut the door, forcing Hamilont on the grass, and lead to Hamilton losing control of his car, travelling into Rosberg and both cars in to the gravel.

This opened the door for a new victor, and we had it in none other than newly promoted-to-Red-Bull-Racing Max Verstappen!

After a couple of weeks of turmoil, intrigue and suspense, Verstappen showed he was in fact really talented and super quick by holding off a persistent Kimi Raikkonen and taking his first Formula 1 victory after only 24 starts. In 2013 (3 years ago) Verstappen was racing karts!

To commemorate the occasion, and to relive a fantastic grand prix, I decided to develop the Race Review for the Spanish GP.

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Like usual, the Race Review contains all the weekends session information (Free Practice 1/2/3, Qualifying, and Race), as well as some neat infographical stuff, including qualifying gaps, race history/review and tyre strategies. The Race Review also includes my awesome pixel F1 cars!

The front image this week shows Max Verstappen as he goes down the final straight to win. Typically I;d like to feature the official/unofficial driver of the day from eahc GP, so long as there isn’t any special event that happens.

I am hoping to do all 21 Formula 1 races (2 of 5 down!) and release hard copies of them as a sort of coffee table book. Each sheet is the size of a landscape A3 sheet of paper, so big but not huge, good to get a lot of nice looking detail.

The only thing I am thinking of tinkering with is the qualifying percentage graphic – I think using the car graphics makes it a bit messy, especially with the bars showing where each car is, so this is something to work on.

Also, and finally, here is the ‘art piece’ for this Race Review:

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Mercedes W07 pixels!

So I know in my last post I mentioned that I was going to some stuff away from the Formula 1 thing, and I am pretty sure that I said the same thing in the post before that. Well…I went back into it, but only really to finish up the Mercedes W07!

Mercedes W07

Realistic Version

Mercedes W07 BLO

Black Outline Version

The Mercedes W07 is the 7th car produced by the Mercedes works team, starting with the W01 in 2010 (which was developed from the Brawn BGP 001). This car is the successor to the very well performing W06, which itself was a successor to the very well performing W05.

The car is Mercedes’ challenger for the 2016 season, and it is proving as much a grid leader as its predecessors. In the hands of Nico Rosberg, the car has won every race so far, and the car has lead almost every single practice and qualifying session this year. Ferrari have come close, and Red Bull are a little but closer as well, however the car seems to be yet again the class leader this year.

The car, remarkably, has developed some very new ideas, including the serrated bargeboard, and the very large engine air intake above the driver’s head, the angle of which is deliberately angled forward. The car also sports some very aggressive sidepod designs at the front (which cannot be seen above), with the side impact structures peeking out of the sidepods.

Close ups of the Mercedes W07. Click to expand.

To ‘pixelise’ this car was one heck of a challenge. Mercedes really like to use airbrush effects on their cars, and the W07 is no exception. They used the effect on the nose cone (where the Petronas teal makes way for the Mercedes silver, with a bit of dark grey thrown in), on the sidepods (with the same Petronas teal and Mercedes silver with dark grey) and on the engine cover (where there is a broad dark grey that fades into the silver surrounding it). Together with the actual shading and highlighting, the car was incredibly hard to get right. All in all though, I think I managed to do a fairly decent job!

Here’s the Mercedes with the rest of the gang:

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6 down and 5 to go! With the Mercedes, I think I will maybe do another Race Review and FINALLY spend some time on some other projects (yeah, I said that last time and the time before that!).

Enjoy!

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2016 Australian Grand Prix Race Review

So, all the background and dare I say infrastructure work on the Race Review project is complete! Celebrate!

OK, so the project will be ever changing as I decide to add things but I would say maybe 90% of it is set, which is awesome!

The Race Review project is a project whereby I painstakingly provide a cool overview of each Formula 1 race weekend, including practice/qualifying/race session results, cool graphics of the cars, additional stats and charts and a cool image on the cover sheet for each race. Pretty cool right?

Over the last 2 weeks I have been building on my previous work that I did last year, setting things up to make things easier in the future for other races. The background work was done now, so I didn’t have to keep repeating my work later. The most recent version of the Race Review looked a bit like this (British GP 2015)

For 2016, and for the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, I am pleased to provide the following!

The concept isn’t exactly 100% complete as I have yet to finish the set of 2016 Formula 1 cars (3.5/11 so far!), so I have been forced to use last year’s set, and have substituted the 2015 Manor livery for Haas for the time being.

There have been minor tweaks here and there, but the major changes:

  • Weather icons for sessions (Sunny through to thunderstorms)
  • Revised qualifying percentage graphics (now includes cars rather than circles)
  • Coloured team icons for other sessions
  • Revised car icons (for season 2016)
  • Revised circuit layout on Cover Sheet
  • Revised artwork on Cover Sheet
  • Revised Tyre Strategy Chart

My plan is to release one of these for every race weekend this year, and release as a booklet (like a coffee table book of sorts). The booklet is A3 (landscape in size).

Lastly, here is the Cover Sheet artwork on it’s own in ‘Art piece’ format:

Aus GP Art Piece

I hope you enjoy looking over the 2016 Australian Grand Prix race wekeend!

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2016 Australian Grand Prix – My photos

The opening round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship occurred on the weekend for the Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park, Melbourne. I of course went for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday proceedings. I took the nice camera, but had never played around with the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, etc.). I had a basic understanding of how changing each differed the type of image you got, but I was really interesting in seeing what the effect was and how I could use the settings to get some cool shots.

The results are below, and given my lack of photography skills (and therefore my naivety), I am pretty happy with the results!

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas W07, Turn 11

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Peter Strauss driving the Brabham BT31 in the historics demonstration, Turn 6.

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Esteban Guierrez, Haas F1 Team, Turn 11

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Valtteri Bottas, Williams Martini Racing, Turn 11

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Ash Samadi in the ASR Raxing Mercedes Benz AMG GTS GT3, Turn 11

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Rod Salmon in the Skwrik Racing Audi R8 LMS, Turn 4

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Jenson Button, McLaren Honda MP4-31, Turn 11

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Pascal Wehrlein in the Manor Racing MRT05, Turn 11

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Rullo brothers driving the Lamborghini Gallardo FLII, Turn 11

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Joylon Palmer, Renault RS.16, Turn 11

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Garth Walden driving in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Turn 4

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Albert Park is very hard for photos, as the entire circuit is covered in catch fencing, so getting photos without it are limited to the official photographers who are right next to the circuit peering out of little holes in the fence. I tried to get that awesome blurry effect but Formula 1 cars are just so dang fast to get absolutely right!

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