«It can require a month. In
this stage, two people are involved. Then there
are further steps. First of all, studying the
rulebooks and the limits that they impose.
Second, gathering all the information about
the powertrain, while we take care of the
gearbox. Then we start designing. The
structure, which is the key point, then the
cooling, electrical and brake systems, the
suspensions and so on. At this stage, all the
designers come into play. Then we start with a
first iteration, a check to see if the general
shape of the car is compatible with the
mechanics, systems and aero. Of course, the
more time you have, the more iterations you
can plan. Who works on the suspensions
begins testing them and provides feedback so
Eugenio can start computer simulations, and
so on. At the end of the first round of this kind
of work, we do another one for fine tuning».
How do you set the date in which the car
will be ready?
Actually, it goes the
opposite way around. If it has to be ready, let’s
say, on December 31st, we know that we need
a prototype to be ready three months earlier.
So the chassis must be ready “x” weeks earlier,
the aero “x” weeks earlier. The times are
dictated by the deadline».