Last post by 94touring - February 14, 2024, 03:26:58 PM
Went to fire the air compressor up and the fuse in the shop kept blowing. Went outside to investigate the compressor and there was smoke coming out of the one electrical box. Mind you this is a massive 120 gallon compressor with a few different electrical boxes of things, most of which is foreign to me. It previously had a 10hp 3 phase motor from an industrial shop attached, but now has a 7.5hp single phase that runs off my 240v supply. Given the odor I thought maybe a mouse or bird got into the box and was given the electric chair death penalty. Instead I found 1 of the 2 starter capacitors that had literally blown it's top. Onto Amazon and Ebay to find the exact one, which I didn't find at all. Did some research on what would work and learned you can go up 10% on the UF values and the voltage just needs to match what your power supply is feeding into it. Verified with Justin, previous member here who gifted this compressor from his old workplace, that a 540-648uf and 250v would work. Should have them in a couple days, plus 20k ohm 2 watt resistors required.
Last post by MiniDave - February 14, 2024, 09:30:35 AM
Yes they did! They're expecting a million people downtown at the parade today. Don was thinking of riding his bicycle down just to see the craziness......me, I'll watch it on TV, TYVM.
Everything I've read recently looks like every car on the grid will be running body work similar to Red Bull, which is fine but to me F1 more and more resembles a spec series. What happened to crazy wings and noses, 4,6, 8, 10, 12 cylinder engines, with and without turbos?
I love that the innovations have made the cars so reliable and fast, but you can't see or hear any of it......might as well be electric cars......oh wait, they have those too!
Last post by Brit_in_TX - February 13, 2024, 12:08:07 PM
With all of the teams launching their 2024 cars (well at least the liveries) and official testing due to start next week. The F1 season is almost here!
One unique thing for this year, there will be no rookies on the grid.
I have absolutely no idea how this season is going, but a few observations on the teams:
Red Bull - Adrian Newey said that this is another evolution of their car, so may give hope to the other teams that they can close the gap. Potential for some off track drama with Christian Horner being investigated for inappropriate behavior, but given Helmut Marko's racist comments resulting in nothing more than a slap on the wrist I am cynical about whether anything meaningful will come out of this.
Mercedes - Meant to be an all new car and they have abandoned all previous design ideas and are fully going in on the Red Bull "downwash" approach that every other team has done. Hamilton is leaving at the end of the year, so they will be focusing developments on Russell.
Ferrari - Already secured the biggest shock of the year by signing Hamilton. Rumor is that Adrian Newey could be heading that way. This year they need more consistent car and team strategy performance.
Alpine - Have to be hoping for a climb up the grid, but they were inconsistent last year. They lost a lot of good people last year, so it remains to be seen if they will make progress.
Aston Martin - Started so well last year, but then struggled in the second half of the year. Alonso is still a master, but he needs support of the team and a teammate.
Williams - Had a great season last year with Vowles has the new TP. They are investing heavily and Albon really could wring better results out of the car than it deserved. Be great to see them make another step forwards - maybe a podium this season. I think Albon could be the key to the silly season - I will be surprised if he is still in a Williams next year.
Sauber - Alfa Romeo sponsorship was not renewed, so they are back to Sauber. This is a transition 2 years for them, before they become Audi. I just don't think they will have made the steps forward they need.
McLaren - I am a big fan, and really hope they have made a step forward to compete for podiums all season. Zak Brown has cleverly (or lucky) managed to secure both of drivers before the silly season really starts.
RBVisaCashApp AKA AlphaTauri AKA Torro Rosso - in the off season they have moved some of the team to the UK to be closer to Red Bull Racing. And I are taking the maximum number of components from Red Bull. There is a lot of talk that they have made a step forward etc etc.
Haas - they fired their biggest asset (Gunter) and have made the technical director the TP. I cannot see them being anywhere but at the back, as the reports after Gunter was fired, said that Haas was not investing in technology to help them move forwards. They take as many components from Ferrari as they are allowed, so they should have a decent foundation to build a car.
I am really hoping for a more competitive season with teams (I honestly do not care who) challenging Red Bull. Or at the very least Checo challenging Max to make it more interesting!