Ferrari: front suspension installation

Ferrari inerter visible through the hatch in the top of the chassis

Unusually for a teams media image, this shot shows the front inerter installation on the F10.  What we can see here is the car without its access panels, revealing how the team mount the inerter between the front suspension rockers.  An inerter is a simple device akin the Renault Mass Damper, pioneered initially by McLaren.  It consists of a weight that spins on a threaded rod as the suspension moves, in order to balance out the ‘bounce’ of the tyres.  This creates a more consistent load at the contact patch and resultingly better grip from the tyres.

We can also the linkage in the steering column in the larger access panel. 

While on the edge of the monocoque is a round adjuster for the torsion springs.   This has been reported as a ‘ride height adjuster’, but a similar pair of adjusters has been on the top of the Ferrari moncooque for years.  I suspect these are simply the same preload adjusters, re-sited to suit the  “V” nose.

6 thoughts on “Ferrari: front suspension installation

  1. Scarbs, in the Ferrari inerter pict

    there is a metal slab with a hole that seems to fit on the top of the car (both the part and the hole are visible in the photo). Is that merely ballast or does it have a function? cooling chamber? Wouldn’t it be pretty high on the car and bad for COG if it were ballast?

  2. the part hanging in the air above the tire (to the upper right of the photo) slots on to the top of the nose (silvery area in front of the inerter access)

    • No those silver parts are the frame that the team use to jack the car high up in th eair and the threaded bolts protrudign from its end ar eused with a cross beam for setting the suspension geometry up. The are removed to allow the nose cone to be refitted…..

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