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6 Feb 2013

Below is a selection of my favourite images from the second day of testing at Jerez with thanks to Sutton Images
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

  1. could you please explain how the 'pelican' style nose (like that on the lotus) works?

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    1. The Pelican nose is used to alter the flow characteristics under the nose when combining with the turning vanes the two condition the airflow to the Sidepods and Bargeboards more effectively.

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  2. Wow - were Force India on grass cutting detail? What is the purpose of the attachment behind the front wheel/s? Also the FIA techs seem unwilling to prevent the use of exhaust gases in aiding aero, they still seem to allow ducting from the squared off end of the pipes instead of insisting that the pipe ends in open air a minimum distance from any surrounding bodywork.

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    1. That rig moves up and down and is similar to one McLaren have used in the past. It measures the airflow wake from the tyre. FIA can put as many rules in place as they like at the end of the day the teams will out engineer the challenges laid before them.

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    2. Thanks for that, the clothes drier racks on the Williams are interesting also. I have looked further at your earlier exhaust explanation re the launch of the Caterham and the FIA rules which I should have read before commenting and all I can say is that the FIA have not penned strict enough rules - it could have stated a much wider minimum bodywork aperture for the pipe exit, perhaps stating that a final minimum length of the pipe has no bodywork within a certain distance of the outer surface of the pipe and a much bigger angle than 3 degrees for the cone area. I don't like the proliferation of aero bits apart from a simple front and rear wing on an open wheel racing car anyway, this is the realm of the sports car, but as you say race engineers will always try to beat the rule makers to achieve an advantage. Great website!

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  3. Great site! You got yourself a new follower!

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Whilst I'm trying to keep atop of the blog you may have noticed of late that there is less content appearing. For those of you that haven't realised, most of my work has now been moved over to Motorsport.com where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

I'm still doing the technical image gallery for each GP with the continued support of friend of the site Sutton Images. However, as always my time is limited and so this might not be updated as quickly as it once was, so keep checking back.

As some of you may have found out already I'm also working with the Missed Apex crew on their podcast from time-to-time, either doing race reviews or dedicated 'Tech Time' shows.

I've embedded the latest version of the podcast below and will update this a frequently as I appear. However, please head over to Itunes if you want it to appear in your player when episodes are available. The show is great to work on and has a great lineup of 'regulars' but has also enticed some bigger names recently too, with Will Buxton and Bradley Philpot on shows during the summer break.


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