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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.


26 Apr 2014

The Lotus team have spent most of this season on the back foot and probably look back at last season and wonder where the performance has gone. Missing the first test didn't really do the team many favours in terms of data, but essentially they have lacked mileage throughout as they try to extract performance from both their Powerunit and chassis.

The E22 is a complex car and undoubtedly has potential but the problem with complex designs is that sometimes unlocking the performance can require 5 steps backwards before you can take 1 forward. Lotus trialled a shark fin variant of their engine cover back in Australia but have since continued to run the less aero efficient but more substantial cooling variant up until China, where they raced the shark fin.


This alludes to the fact that the team are starting to get on top of some of the issues surrounding the cooling of the powerunit and perhaps more importantly the turbo. The size/dimensions of the engine cover are mandated to stop the teams taking an extremely aggressive approach to the bodywork and so the Shark Fins purpose is to meet these regulations efficiently.
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