There are very strict rules that limit the transfer of technology from Formula One racing to Ferrari’s production cars but the automaker still hopes to someday apply its innovation in these units. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said that the company had once taken the first automated manual transmission from Formula One to be used on its production cars.
It would also use a completely-sealed floor pan and an electronic controlled differential. However, Ferrari is planning to soon take the KERS (known as the kinetic energy recuperation system).
This is basically a performance-boosting system that has a similar use as a fuel-saving gasoline-hybrid system. Montezemolo said that aerodynamic technology is a central part of F1 development. Virtually none of the present racing car aerodynamics can be used on production cars, which have to consider pedestrian impact and meet other safety rules. He added that in Formula One, 90% of the result is due to aerodynamics.
He explained that Ferrari is not an aerospace company. The company has a team in its F1 wind tunnel that’s comparable to a medium size company.
To cut costs, current F1 rules have put on hold the development of new engines since 2007. This guaranteed that since 2008, a single engine management system was provided to all racing teams by one supplier.
However, a revision in the rules will permit a new powertrain, along with a new set of technical regulations, to take effect for the 2013 racing season. This new powertrain involves a switch from the current 2.4-liter V8 engines to 1.6-liter turbo V6 units. [source: Autonews]