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12 Apr 2013

A selection of the best technical images from Thursday's preparations in China


  1. What do you reckon the second opening alongside the exhaust slot on the Ferrari is for? I know nothing about aero, but it seems to me that perhaps it is exhausting air from the body cavity or engine surround which might help keep the faster exhaust gases from spilling sideways from the "coanda" effect slot?

    1. Hi Ted

      It's something that has been done before and as you point out it can be used to aid in attachment as much as it does the job of cooling

  2. any idea why ferrari's exhaust exit is so small ? when you compare redbull...

    1. Engine and or torque characteristics could play a huge role, tuning the size and orientation can help with the way power is produced. The aero however is perhaps more important and by tuning the exit size can help to extract better performance at a given rev range.


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 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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