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VIDEO: LapTime Club Live in Monza

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Home Grand Prix has always a special charm. On the occasion of the Formula 1 Grand Prix that took place over the weekend in Monza, as usual Magneti Marelli opened the doors of its permanent “Giuseppe Valpreda” Hospitality area with various initiatives.

In particular, this year the presence of Magneti Marelli was characterised by the theme “From Track to Road, from Virtual to Real” that aims to explore the technological connections between the world of the track and that of the road and also the new virtual dynamics related to the Internet and to social protocols that are able to stimulate technological innovation within the company. In this sense, the protagonist was our community LapTime Club. (The online innovation laboratory of Magneti Marelli Motorsport, that through the aggregation tool of social networks aims to stimulate the generation of new ideas and technological solutions, addressing a public of university students and fans of motorsport technology).

LapTime Club Live in Monza 2015

There are two major initiatives. The first was “LapTime Club: live in Monza” and involved the live conclusion of the virtual challenge launched last month on LapTime Club entitled «In 2015, International Year of the Light, and on the bidirectional thread of the theme “from Track to Road”, we ask you for possible applications of lighting technologies in the motorsport world both for safety reasons and for pure entertainment». Through the “Elevator Pitch” formula (five minutes for participants to present their ideas), the five best ideas communicated via LapTime Club community and selected by a pool of Magneti Marelli experts, competed live on the Hospitality stage.


The ideas of the finalists were very relevant, namely “Information panel on cars/LED technology around the track” by Matteo Piva, “Interactive laser light system inside lighting able to give feedback to drivers by projections on the racetrack” by Attilio Trovato, “Lights on the track” by Vittorio Mistretta and “Lighting to increase the television show and technical data” by Antonio Pappaterra. The winning idea for the panel of Magneti Marelli Motorsport experts however was “Interactive skins for race cars“, a project by Emilio Fazzoletto, an off-site student and guest of Magneti Marelli, who came from Stockholm to present his idea. His proposal illustrated the possibility to make the liveries of racing cars (or certain areas of them) iridescent in real time through a system of sensors and areas lit with organic LEDs (“OLEDs”). The lighting of these areas can be useful to communicate with “luminous” language the charge state of a hybrid system, mapping of the engine in use, the emergency statuses and communication between vehicles, among other aspects.

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The second initiative of the LapTime Club was called “Tweet your idea” and involved the F1 fans at Monza on Friday and Saturday. Within the Magneti Marelli Hospitality area it was possible to obtain the initiative postcard on the theme: «Thanks to technological innovations, the world of Motorsport is experimenting with new ways to engage the public. How would you improve the quality of the show in racing both on television and live?». In this case, the challenge for the public was to condense their ideas in a tweet of no more than 140 characters. This was also a simple way to show how our community works.


LapTime Club competition is on! Share your idea on LapTime Club community and win beautiful prizes! Learn more.

Do you want to be our Guest at the F1 Grand Prix in Monza?


One of the most anticipated events of the year is coming, the Italian Formula One GP in Monza, one of the tracks that made the history of the Motorsport.

Get the chance to join us at the Magneti Marelli Hospitality, take the challenge we prepared for you dedicated to lighting technologies. If you’ll be a Smart Innovator, you’ll be our Guest at the Formula One GP.

How does it work?

Join the LapTime Club Community and submit your idea. The users who will submit the five best ideas will be invited to expose them at the Magneti Marelli Hospitality in Monza Circuit on Friday, 4th September. Save the date!

We will offer to five selected users a whole day with Magneti Marelli. Would you like to attend the Formula One practice session, a workshop with our engineers, a pit walk and expose your idea publicly in front of motorsport and tech fans, that will attend Monza GP?

As in an elevator pitch, you will have five minutes to present your idea and to try to convince the fans and the expert panel of experts.

And there’s more:  one of the five finalists will receive two tribune seat tickets for the race day, on Sunday, 6th September!

Take the challenge now!

So, will you be innovative enough to compete for this Motorsport premium experience? Register to the LapTime Club Community and take this challenge now!

GP preview: F1 Hungary, technical analysis

Ungheria GP

The 10th Grand Prix of the 2015 F1 season will take place at Hungaroring, a few kilometres from the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

The cars will compete on 70 laps in one of the most tortuous tracks of the championship. The circuit located in the hills near the village of Mogioròd has only 4 fast points which are the most suitable for overtaking, and an expected top speed of 329 km/h (in qualifying). To make life difficult for the drivers there will be constant, unexpected acceleration, hard-braking (stop and go circuit) and scorching heat. In fact, the temperature is expected to reach 35° (with the asphalt at over 60°).

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But it will not just be the drivers suffering the heat, as the cooling systems will struggle to ensure the optimal operating temperature for the engines, partly because of the low speed.

What will be the greatest challenges for the teams? For the Hungarian GP it is necessary to take on as many as 100 kg of petrol (the highest figure in the championship) since the constant accelerations increase consumption. The engine is not stressed, particularly as full gas is used for only 55% of the time. However using the low gears a lot means that the engine reaches very high revving. To give you an idea, we are talking about 3710 gear changes and a good 981,000 engine cycles!

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In this stage the teams will benefit from a more efficient power box compared to the others for energy recovery. The abundance of braking will provide useful opportunities for kinetic energy recovery while the amount of exhaust gas recoverable by the HERS system will be the lowest of the season (after Montecarlo). The setting will also be fundamental as the circuit is actually very sensitive to the traction out of curves 1, 2, 5, 13 and 14 where the delivery must be gradual and without discontinuity.

One of the most challenging points of the circuit is certainly curve 13, i.e., the penultimate curve before the pit straight:  you go into this wide-ranging hairpin bend at a speed of 231 km/h in fifth gear. Braking is challenging and it is difficult to find the exact clutch disengagement point as the curve tends to close, reducing its radius. The car slows down to the speed of 95 km/h in second gear with a brake in two stages with a maximum power of 1212 kW, and a force of 66 kg on the brake pedal. The outbound delivery of this curve is particularly critical because the track is undulating towards the end of the curve and there is a risk of oversteering.

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The lateral acceleration of 2.3G is sustained for three seconds, which could disrupt the suction of the engine oil in the qualifying session and at the end of the race when levels in the tank are minimal.

The performance increase provided by the ERS system is estimated at 20km/h on the maximum speed, 1.7 seconds on the lap and 38 metres ahead in the first straight. 38 metres in Formula One means being able to get past 8 cars!

Based on the Magneti Marelli Laptime Club simulation, the lap time expected in qualifying should be around 1’21″3, while in the race it should settle at around 1’22″7.