This is a non-commercial personal project that is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Ferrari or the Scuderia. I hereby acknowledge that I have no right to display some of the brands and/or logos used in this project.
INITIAL IDEA - SCOPE - PROJECT TIMING
Do a free-time project that 16-year old me would find totally cool.
Make a realistic designer's impression of a
Formula 1 driver head protection device in the year 2018.
November 2016, a few months before winter testing and before the new regulations.
"As a kid I started watching Formula 1 in 2005, back in the V10 era where Alonso and Räikkönen raced for the championship. Being somewhat of a car enthusiast I was soon drawing F1 cars and making up my own teams and stories. Now almost a decade later, the drawing of Formula cars has somewhat stopped, but instead I now find myself browsing F1technical.net daily to follow the technical discussions and see snaps of the latest details on the cars. The dream of doing a 3D model of a Formula 1 car was always there. 16-year old me would have wanted me to do it, and now that I have acquired the right modelling skills there was no excuse not doing it."
"The idea was to make a blend between the proposed Halo head protection device by Ferrari, and the Aeroscreen solution proposed by Red Bull Racing. More so, I wanted to find out how hard it could be to fit this type of head protection system onto the design of current Formula 1 cars. I didn't - and still do not - like the idea of an added head protection in Formula 1, but at the time (late 2016), a lot of Photoshop renderings were flying around on the internet and most were ill executed and made the cars look bad."
"What always bummed me about the Halo device was its bulkiness. In that respect, the Aersocreen solution seemed more fit aesthetically. What I did for this concept was combine the carbon fiber Halo with the Aeroscreen, where the Halo around the driver's head is more thin than on the version Ferrari proposed. I'm no engineer, but I figured that a combination of a screen with a skimmed down version of the Halo would drastically improve the outcome of debris flying into the drivers head."
"The model of the SF18H is roughly based on the current (2017) race car, the SF70h. As this was an exercise for me to model a current day F1 car with added Aeroscreen, I didn't take too much freedom design-wise. The sidepod section more or less a copy of the 2017 model. As current F1 cars still have ugly noses I took some freedom to make that part a bit better looking. The most interesting area obviously revolves around the canopy, where it integrates with the S-duct and blends into the headrest. Another part that caught my attention was the swan neck/DRS-system housing. I found it weird that no team integrates these two functions into a beautiful holistic piece."
"I removed the rear view mirrors. Why not have Le Mans style rear view cameras? The T-cam on top houses an additional wide angle camera in the middle, pointed towards the business end of the car. Inside the cockpit there's two small displays integrated into the dashboard. With the canopy, a lot of freedom opens up in terms of what can be done inside the cockpit. The image feed from the wide angle camera is split up in two and shown on the dashboard screens."
"I always admired f1 cars for their intricacies and now having done this project, I have a new heartfelt respect for the engineers that design these things to compete at the highest level. I completely felt out of my league making this and approaching the car as a designer. It may look like an F1 car but I'm very sure an engineer can see through all of this. I love this sport."
Red Bull livery on request. Maybe I'll do some more modern day liveries someday!
Jose Luna - Front wing 3D model
Heriberto Maruzza - Tires and rims 3D models
Tiho Ramovic - Schuberth F1 spec helmet 3D model