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Red Bull's RB4 was
designed by Adrian
Newey and is powered
by Renault engines.
David Coulthard
Mark Webber
                    New Formula One Rules for 2008
The standard ECU for all teams this year is big news in the sport. Ferrari,
notably, appear unhappy about the use of the McLaren Systems / Microsoft ECU
and suggest it is an advantage to McLaren. However, all the teams had a chance
to tender for the contract to supply the ECU, the FIA chose the McLaren
Systems solution, and that is the way it will be for 2008.   The removal of the
so called driver aids such as traction control, engine braking and launch control
is big news for the sport too, however, the standard control unit also manages
the engine, gearbox and differential which is significant.   Other rule changes
stipulate the gearbox should last for four races
Jarno Trulli
Timo Glock
Kamui Kobayashi
test driver
The new Toyota TF108 has a longer wheelbase, a major aerodynamic upgrade,
revised suspension and a new gearbox.
Nick Heidfeld                                    Robert Kubica
BMW Sauber F1.08
Kimi Raikkonen        Felipe Massa
The new F2008 has a shorter wheelbase and a different
weight distribution than last year which is supposed to
help on circuits with predominantly slower curves.

The management structure for Ferrari has changed for
the coming season.  Jean Todt will be moving up to the
senior role as CEO of Ferrari and Stefano Domenicali
will be taking over as the Scuderia Ferrari team
principal.

Additionally, Ross Brawn declined a return following his
sabbatical and instead accepted the team principal role
at Honda.
Lewis Hamilton
Heikki Kovalainen
McLaren MP4-23 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

ENGINE
Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108V
Capacity 2.4 litre
No. of cylinders 8
Max. rpm 19,000 (FIA regulatory limit since 2007)
Bank angle 90O
Piston bore maximum 98 mm (FIA regulation)
Bore spacing 106.5 mm
Number of valves 32
Fuel Mobil 1 Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Lubricants Mobil 1, newly developed 2008 formula for
lower friction and better wear resistance
Engine 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox Speeds Seven forward and one reverse
Semi-auto Yes
Driveshafts McLaren
Clutch Hand-operated

CHASSIS
McLaren moulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb
composite incorporating front and side impact
structures. Contains integral safety fuel cell
Front Suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system
operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double
wishbone arrangement
Rear Suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system
operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double
wishbone arrangement
Suspension Dampers Koni

ELECTRONICS
McLaren Electronic Systems control units incorporating
electronics for chassis, engine and data acquisition.
McLaren Electronic Systems also supplies the
electronic dash board, alternator voltage control,
sensors, data analysis and telemetry systems

BODYWORK CONSTRUCTION
One-piece engine cover; separate sidepod covers;
separate floor section, structural nose with integral
front wing.

OTHER
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Radios Kenwood
Race Wheels Enkei
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power-assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Fernando Alonso
Renault R28
Alvaro Parente
test driver
After leaving Renault last year for McLaren,  
double world champion Fernando Alonso is
returning to the team where he won his
championships.
The new Williams FW30 is powered by the
740bhp Toyota RVX-07.  2.4L V8 engine
Kazuki Nakajima
Nico Rosberg
Nico Hulkenberg
test driver
Here is a new team - Force India
a Ferrari-powered former Spyker F8-VII chassis
Giancarlo Fisichella
Adrian Sutil
Vitantonio Liuzzi
test driver
Toro Rosso
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastien Bourdais
James Rossiter
test driver
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Super Aguri
Powered by Honda
Honda Test Drivers
Jenson Button
Alex Wurz                         Mike Conway
Rubens Barrichello
Honda RA108
The car has been totally redesigned.  It has been
slimmed down and it's problem with aggressive
downforce has been addressed.  Ross Brawn, from
Ferrari, has taken the helm at Honda F1.  

I am sorry to see the paint scheme go from last year's
beautiful and exotic to this hodge podge.

NOTE - I just came across this top view photo, which
looks very cool
May 6, 2008 - Super Aguri went out of the F1 business due to rules stating they must make their own car and
their loss of  sponsorship.
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