TEAM NEWS: Having taken delivery of the new F308 Dallara last week, Carlin Motorsport have already begun work on next year’s F3 racing machine. The British squad have a dedicated Research and Development department working on the F3 car.
While the Carlin British F3 team conclude their 2007 testing in Valencia this week, work is already underway to transfer the real-life F308 to a 1:3 model for the Carlin wind tunnel. Local company Physical Digital have worked on the F308 to produce cloud point data of the new car by a process of digitisation. Scanning the car with special photographic equipment, the cloud point data - which provides surface images - can then be broken down by Carlin’s Technical Director David Brown, who will produce detailed technical drawings.
Using CAD programme Pro/ENGINEER, the surface images will be turned into 3D surfaces through a process called reverse engineering. These drawings will then be used to create a 1:3 model of the F308 Dallara for testing in the Carlin wind tunnel at the team’s Chessington factory.
The Hampshire based squad took 27 victories with the last Dallara F3 car – the F305 - as well as taking the 2005 British F3 title. BF3 racers Maro Engel, Sam Bird and Niall Breen all added to Carlin’s list of race winners last season, with celebrated victories in Oulton Park, Bucharest, Snetterton, Monza, Spa and Rockingham.
Speaking about the process, Carlin Technical Director David Brown said, “Unlike previous seasons, we now have the facilities and resources to be able to produce all the data and drawings we need accurately and quickly. With our new software, we should be able to begin conversion of the surface images into full technical drawings in just a few weeks, with the aim to have the model in the wind tunnel by the end of March.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin added, “From first appearances, the F308 looks to be a particularly impressive car and based on Dallara’s record, I’m sure it will prove to be as good as the previous models. Dallara do a fantastic job, our ambition is simply to get a better understanding of the car and hone certain areas, and of course any improvements we can make early on in the life of the F308 will give us an advantage on track. With our new F3 Euro Series commitments, we now have an added reason to get the new wind tunnel model up and running as soon as possible.”