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12 Feb 2014

All of the teams face the problem of losing rear downforce this season primarily due to the re-location of the exhaust exit and the exhaust blowing used by the teams the last few seasons. The other issue comes via the loss of the beam wing which aided in the flow structure interactions of the diffuser and upper wing planes of the rear wing (Upwash).


Mercedes have attacked this problem by creating serrations in their endplates enabling the pressure to move between either side of the component, which further take advantage of the upward curvature that the endplates have been designed with. Meanwhile as shown in the inset we can see the team have revised their tyre wake slots moving them closer to the leading edge and lowering their position on the endplate.

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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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