Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ferrari SF15-T: Front Wing changes in Barcelona

Ferrari introduced a new front wing at the last test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which was a c-change when compared to their previous specification (above). The front wing has been one of the Scuderia's largest adversaries in the past few seasons, as they've looked to ascend to the front of the grid again. This has been caused largely by their trouble correlating information between CFD, their own wind tunnel, the Cologne wind tunnel they rented and the results at the track. The new front […]

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015

Technical: Mercedes W06 rear wing

Reigning Constructors' Champions Mercedes introduced a new rear wing to its W06 Hybrid at the second pre-season test, the design of which retained a similar layout to its predecessor, the W05 Hybrid, although the aim is of course to make the overall structure more efficient. You'll note that where the team had previously used two support pylons (yellow, left), there is now only a singular inverted Y-Lon (yellow, right), providing additional rigidity. This design change has also led to the team reducing the aligned slot […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison - Part II

Following the announcement of the FIA’s 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP’s Technical Director James Allison explained the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part II is featured below. Part I is available here. Suspension Suspension members (wishbones/trackrods etc) are bound by strict aerodynamic limitations (limited chord, symmetrical section, maximum incidence angles etc). This is not true of the uprights which hold the wheel on to the suspension. Their design has always been free. There existed a possibility (albeit […]

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison

Following the announcement of the FIA's 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP's Technical Director James Allison explained some of the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part one is featured below, with part two soon to follow. Lower Noses The car noses are lowered to 550mm above the reference plane (previously they could be 625mm high). This is to ensure that all parts of the nose are definitely below the height of the cockpit sides in the event of […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ferrari F150 – Front brakes

Ferrari F150 front brake ducts are inclined downwards to receive air coming under the front wing’s flaps. Additionally the inlet is divided into two openings, one large to feed the brake disc with fresh air and another one smaller to cool down the rest brake components (pads). Other teams, for instance Red Bull and Sauber, prefer to run twin ducts instead of one. The winglet behind the duct helps to reduce turbulence inside the wheel profile. Lastly all the braking components are enclosed inside a […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

McLaren MP4/26A – New front wing in last winter test

Mclaren tested a new front wing in last Winter test (Barcelona) to boost car’s performance and overcome the inability to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari. The new wing had totally new endplates (1) with a single huge slot in contrast to the old one which had four smaller slots. The philosophy of this concept is to increase the quantity of air passing under the wing by trapping air flowing outside the endplate surface. The triangular fin at the top of the endplate is also removed […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lotus Renault R31 – Front wing

A new front wing was tested in Barcelona on February which has a bit larger endplates and also the space between the second flap and third flap tip has been increased by little. Small revisions may improve only by a small amount car’s performance but launching constant even minor changes in almost every race can give the car steadily significant speed. That kind of approach was followed by Renault last year especially about front wing development, a trend not surprising to see it repeated this […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lotus Renault R31 – Front brake ducts

Two front brake ducts regarding size and shape were tested during winter testing . One small and one boxy and larger . However the new front wing launched in Barcelona ( February test ) was only used with the small ducts while the old with both specs.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lotus Renault R31 – updated diffuser before season starts

Barcelona test on March. The floor and nose vanes revisions forced the team to alter also the diffuser by lowering the outer channels ( in yellow ) proving once again that there is a vital connection between diffuser and car front end. Another change took also place to the rear beam wing which now has a taller arched centre zone to improve downforce production . Launch