SKF helps improve Scuderia Ferrari performance this season
SKF has been working closely with Scuderia Ferrari to produce bearing sets manufactured from specially developed steel. The result of this team work means the latest bearings are extremely resistant and able to withstand the exceptionally high performance expectations found in Formula One applications.
The new bearing sets are now being used in the latest Scuderia Ferrari gearbox, where the ability to downsize has helped reduce overall weight by more than 20%. Gearbox performance is improved still further by the use of ceramic bearing rollers and optimised internal geometries; combined, these significantly reduce frictional power loss.
Further to these developments, Scuderia Ferrari is also using the latest condition monitoring technology from SKF. This is based on the company’s modular IMx platform, which has been re-engineered to meet the specific demands of the Team. In particular, SKF has adapted the hardware to enable it to process exceptionally large volumes of data at high speeds – typically up to 100 times faster than normally required in even the toughest of industrial applications.
Ing. Mattia Binotto – Power Unit Director of Scuderia Ferrari, explains, “SKF has played an important role in helping us develop the new 2015 Formula One car. The IMx solution is giving us fresh insight into how our engines perform, while the new gearbox bearings, along with specialised parts for our energy recovery and other critical on board systems, will be vital in helping us maintain a competitive advantage in the coming races.”
Jeroen Wensing, Innovation Manager SKF Racing Unit, adds, “SKF has sponsored Scuderia Ferrari since 1947, which is the longest technical partnership of its kind in F1 history. Together, we’ve always sought to push the boundaries of performance and reliability, taking the engineering knowledge gained to help our customers throughout industry with fresh ideas and constant innovation.”