a dream based in reality
Did you just say early ’80s F1 cars,
Monsieur Pagenaud? Well, here are two
of France’s finest: the Renault RE20
and Ligier JS11/15 of 1980. Formidable!
The car of my dreams would have a
minimum of 850hp, turbo or not, with
engines ranging from four to 12 cylinders.
No power steering, small wheels with wide
tires, big wings with freedom of design, and
I’d allow a skirt and venturi system, too.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
of new technologies. My dream car is more
of a dream idea about what the sport has to
become, and the key thing is that the rules
need to be free so that it can evolve. To me,
racing needs to be relevant to daily life.
Old school and new school thinking combine in Penske new recruit Simon Pagenaud’s future vision.
Just like NFL players memorizing their play
book, F1 drivers must learn the function of
every button and dial on their steering wheel.
“ideally, i’d leave the
engine free so that we can
come up with new ways to
propel the car”
and it could be improved with a touch screen.
And what I’d like to see is more in-car
adjustment. Right now, apart from the DRS
[drag reduction system] in F1, a driver can’t
do anything with the wings. I’d like to see
adjustable traction control, fully-adjustable
brake migration, and fully-adjustable ride
height. The only restriction I’d impose would
be an H-pattern gearbox, just to put more
emphasis back onto the driver.
Opening things up even more, I’d like to
see all-wheel drive, and I’d like the car to
have a diesel engine because of the torque.
In the future I’d also like to see a water
engine being added [where hydrogen and
carbon dioxide are extracted from water and
converted to fuel]. I know it exists, but there
has been little development done on that.
In fact, ideally, I’d leave the engine free
so that we can come up with new ways to
propel the car. It doesn’t have to be a
combustion engine. I’m very much in favor
When I wrote this down I thought, “This is
just a Formula 1 car from the late 1970s or
early ’80s!” But then I thought about the
controls. I’d like to see some way to make
things easier to adjust from in the car,
perhaps a touch system like an iPad. The
button system is convenient, but it’s quite old