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4 Jul 2013

 A selection of the best technical images from Thursday at the German GP courtesy of Sutton Images


 Caterham CT-03 Front Wing / Nose

 Sauber C32 Front Wing / Nose

 Marussia MR-02 Front Wing / Nose

Force India VJM06 Front Wing from above, note the guide vanes on the mainplane

Williams FW35 - The team have a selection of Front Wings available in Germany, this is the newest of the 3 and features an additional guide vane in the main Cascade (This is a continued development of their 2012 Front Wing)

Williams FW35 - This is a similar design to the one above but features additional strakes to the rear of the wing (This is a development of their 2012 Front Wing)

Williams FW35 - Another Front Wing iteration with a far less complex Mainplane, more Strakes in between the Mainplane and first flap.  Meanwhile it has a much more complex array of Cascades with the smaller one on it's own stalk and the Main Cascade features 3 perforated tiers

Williams FW35 - Front Wing detail, note how the Strakes have been extended to the front of the first flap

Sauber C32 Read end detail

Sauber C32 Rear end detail

McLaren MP4-28 Sidepod detail

Ferrari F138 Rear end detail

Ferrari F138 front end detail

Red Bull RB9 rear end detail

Williams FW35 Beam Wing with integrated mini Monkey Seat

Williams FW35 Floor Scroll

Williams FW35 Rear Wing detail and DRS actuator detail

Williams FW35 - Nose detail

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing, like Ferrari the Wing Pylons now converge with the Nose tip

McLaren MP4-28 Rear end detail

McLaren MP4-28 Rear Wing detail

McLaren MP4-28 Front Wing detail

McLaren MP4-28 Front Wing detail

McLaren MP4-28 Front Wing Endplate detail

McLaren MP4-28 Front Wing from behind

Williams FW35 Rear end detail

Ferrari F138  Front Wing / Nose detail

Ferrari F138 Rear Wing detail

Ferrari F138 3 Tier Turning Vanes

Ferrari F138 Rear End detail - 3 Vertical Guide Strakes above the Diffuser

Ferrari F138 Beam Wing and 2 Tier Monkey Seat detail

Ferrari F138 Leading edge floor detail, complex flow structures are set up here as the air is vortisiced

Ferrari F138 Front Wing detail

Ferrari F138 Front Wing Endplate / Footplate detail

Ferrari F138 Front Wing detail from behind

Force India VJM06 Beam Wing and Monkey Seat detail

Force India VJM06 2 Tier Turning Vane

Force Inida VJM06 Front Wing detail, note the added guide vanes added to the upper surface of the mainplane in-line with the Strakes that follow behind the Wing

Mercedes W04 - Front Wing detail note the Thermal imaging camera is now integrated into the Cascade

Mercedes W04 Front Wing detail, as I explained in my post Silverstone roundup the Wing now has 5 tiers

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing Pylons, taking a design cue from Ferrari with the Pylons now converging at the forward edge of the Nose tip

Mercedes W04 - Front Wing detail from behind

Mercedes W04 Rear floor detail, notice the use of two Vertical Floor Strakes to guide the exhaust plume

Mercedes W04 Floor detail - Metal section houses a Tyre Squirt slot aiding in manipulating the airflow dispensed by the tyre behind it

Mercedes W04 Rear Wing detail, close up of the Endplate Louvres

Mercedes W04 Rear end detail including Diffuser and Beam Wing

Williams FW35 - Front Wheel, see the duct used to dispense the airflow received by the Brake duct (Blown Axle)

Williams FW35 Front Wing / Endplate detail

Ferrari F138 - Sidepod exposed detail

Williams FW35 Rear end detail

Williams FW35 Front Wing detail from behind

Ferrari F138 Rear Wing detail, note the Leading Edge Slot used to control tyre wake in Silverstone doesn't feature

Ferarri F138 Sidepod detail, notice the cooling outlets placed at the base of the Sidepod not only help in relieving the car of hot air but will aid in drawing air around the Sidepod



Ferrari F138 Front Wing detail 

 Ferrari F138 Front Wing detail from behind

Ferrari F138 Front Wings - Plenty of differences between the two Wings, Notice the curvature of the upper flaps, the Strakes behind the Wing reach upward to the secondary section of the Mainplanes perforation whereas the top Wing doesn't. The lower variant also has different shaping at the lower part of the Endplate/Footplate

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing Pylons, taking a design cue from Ferrari with the Pylons now converging at the forward edge of the Nose tip

Mercedes W04 Rear end detail

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing Pylons, taking a design cue from Ferrari with the Pylons now converging at the forward edge of the Nose tip

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing Pylons, taking a design cue from Ferrari with the Pylons now converging at the forward edge of the Nose tip

Mercedes W04 Turning Vanes

Mercedes W04 Leading edge floor detail

Mercedes W04 Front Wing detail shows integrated thermal imaging camera

Mercedes W04 - Front Wing from the side

Mercedes W04 - Close up of the Tyre Squirt Slot

Mercedes W04 New Nose and Front Wing Pylons, taking a design cue from Ferrari with the Pylons now converging at the forward edge of the Nose tip

 Red Bull RB9 Front Brake Assembley

 Red Bull RB9 - Rear Wing detail

 Red Bull RB9 Sidepod detail shows Cross-Under Tunnel inlets and merging Floor Strakes

 Sauber C32 Splitter detail

1 comment:

  1. Hello Matt,
    Can The thermal camera of W04 Front Wing have aerodynamic function?
    Thanks
    Luis

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