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I'm Matthew Somerfield, a freelance journalist focused on the technical elements of Formula One. It has been a pleasure to provide content via this site for the last 5 years, which has led me to several paid freelancing jobs along the way. I'm currently plying my trade with and working alongside the legend that is Giorgio Piola.

This has seen the content here diminish as a result and I'd like that to change. In order to accomplish this I need your financial support, as I need to break free of the shackles of doing this part time. If you like the content I've been producing and want more of it I'd ask that if you can spare some change each month it'd go a long way towards transforming this site into the technical behemoth I know it can be.

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11 Apr 2014

Lotus have trialled but not raced their snowplough style appendage under the twin tusk nose since Melbourne, it did however get its first race outing in Bahrain.

5 pylons mounted centrally under the nose form a V and extrude down to the longitudinal plough element. With the twin tusk arrangement airflow still moves centrally under the nose but as we saw with their high nose in 2012/13, Lotus still wanted to manage the airflow under the nose, with them previously utilizing the 'Pelican' underbelly. It's not all about mass flow under the nose at the end of the day, there has to be an element of quality to the airflow. The bowling pin arranged vertical pylons and plough all work to condition the flow that cascades off into the splitter region and moreover around the sidepods. 


1 comment:

  1. Love the blog, would love it even more to see a date on the post headers :)


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