Picchio DP3 nears completion

PICCHIO DP3 NEARS COMPLETION The Genealogy of Genius In the Picchio's garages the third Picchio Daytona Prototype chassis has been almost completed. The car was designed complying with the Grand-Am regulations and Picchio started building this...

PICCHIO DP3 NEARS COMPLETION

The Genealogy of Genius

In the Picchio's garages the third Picchio Daytona Prototype chassis has been almost completed. The car was designed complying with the Grand-Am regulations and Picchio started building this model in 2002.

Although the general structure is the same, as the Grand Am regulations state, the engineering staff have brought several significant improvements in order to have a further structural adjustment and enhancement of accessibility and driver-friendly ergonomics.

The engine power plant to fit is still being decided by the technical staff, and the car is designed to have no problems in switching from one engine type to another, just by changing the connections between the engine mounting points and the ones on the chassis. The third Daytona Prototype will be sold by next November. Images and further information are on the 'Work in Progress' section of Picchio site.

FEATURES OF THE NEW PICCHIO DAYTONA PROTOTYPE

In # 003 chassis, just completed, and in the # 004 in the pipeline, Picchio have made several changes in aerodynamics, chassis, bodywork, power plant and cockpit ergonomics engineering.

The front aerodynamics has been modified in order to obtain a greater loading, while the drag has been maintained to the same value -- which is quite a feat of engineering art. The water radiator has also been re-designed to improve performances.

The improvements made on front, rear and roof aerodynamics make both the pedal area and the cockpit cooler, getting a positive feedback on drivers' performance during races.

The rear aerodynamics have been changed and the original design was optimized to get a greater loading. The chassis has been optimized to integrate the semi-stressed engine which has allowed Picchio to obtain record results of bending and roll stiffness, while the weight has even been reduced - something that the factory is very happy about. The engine-gearbox assembly now is one inch lower and the oil coolers have been put into the rear of the car. In the latest design work, the engineers put a special effort to clear heat flow from the engine compartment: then, the flows will be entirely channelled outside, with the result of significantly reducing the engine compartment temperature.

The technical staff tested several types of shock absorbers and also with different suspension assets, thus improving the roll and pitch behaviour. Every car will have power steering installed. And, on the style side, they brought several changes as well. In a few words, Picchio got so many improvement points (more than 100) to the DP2, that the car should will be referred to as the DP3.

-www.picchio.com

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