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17 Feb 2014

The STR9's rear end is perhaps the first warning shot of just how complex we can expect the RB10 to look once it's actual specification is revealed either later in testing or in Melbourne. One of the nice features I noted at the car's launch is the use of a wing mounted on the reference plane. 

This wing not only adds structural integrity to the Rear Wing assembly but isolates the airflow in the central section of the car. For 2014 the crankshafts height from the reference plane has been increased by 32mm enabling more space for airflow to pass between the crash structure and the floor. Toro Rosso have also scalloped out the central section under the crash structure to utilise the wing and further increase the space between it and the crash structure. They aren't the only ones to be doing this with Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams all following a similar design ethos. Further development is likely to take place on this element throughout the season as the team further open up the scalloping of the floor.


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.

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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