The P-40F is a later modification of the well-known American Warhawk which strived to address some of the underlying performance issues of the earlier variants by featuring a more powerful engine. After a more than successful campaign in the Mediterranean theatre, the P-40F is now ready to once more compete for total aerial supremacy in War Thunder’s upcoming update 1.79!
In short: we have created completely new models for the P-40 fighters in our game and have also added a P-40F variant with a new powerful engine and a "toothy" camouflage!
Although early P-40s were equipped with one of the most powerful inline engines available to the American aircraft industry at the time, it quickly became apparent that even that wasn’t enough. Due to its advanced and robust design, it’s no secret that the P-40 was a relatively heavy aircraft for its type, resulting in power-to-weight issues which would never be fully solved. Nonetheless, Curtiss engineers continued tweaking and improving the design in all aspects, trying to lessen the drawbacks of a high weight and insufficient power.
In War Thunder, the new P-40F will be a new addition to Rank II of the American aviation tree and will become available for research to all War Thunder players. When compared to the already present Kittyhawk in War Thunder, the P-40F doesn’t appear to differ much from its older brother at first glance. However, if we take a closer look under the engine cowling, we’ll spot the biggest difference between the two variants - the engine. Unlike the Kittyhawk already present in War Thunder, the P-40F is equipped with a 1,300 horsepower Packard V-1650 engine, which in essence, is a licence-built version of the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine used to power a number of famous British warbirds, such as the Hurricane and Spitfire, to name but a few.
The new engine allows the P-40F to perform better on low to medium altitudes than its Allison counterpart, but the lack of a more powerful supercharger prevents the aircraft from operating efficiently at higher altitudes. Another change, albeit a minor one that mostly fans of simulator difficulty will appreciate, is the elongation of the tail section. This adjustment was intended to reduce the effect of the high levels of torque generated by the engine on take-off and landing, in turn making these easier to perform.
As we’re sure you already know, we regularly continue to expand the number of vehicles available to players with each major update. However, by doing so we also continue our efforts on updating existing vehicle models in the game which no longer meet our quality standards. With that said, in addition to adding a new modification of one of the fan-favorites of War Thunder, update 1.79 will also bring with it reworked 3D models for all existing P-40Es in the game. The new models feature a much greater number of polygons and improved textures, increasing their accuracy, detail and authenticity.
If you wanted to take your P-40 out for a spin again, but just never got around to actually doing it, then be sure to take advantage of the opportunity that update 1.79 gives you. Dust off that plane that’s been sitting in the back of your hangar for far too long and prepare to see it in a whole new light! Stay tuned to the news to find out more about the latest developments regarding War Thunder’s next major update. Until then!
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