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2 Apr 2014

Toro Rosso briefly tested the use of an inverted Y-Lon in Melbourne and it seemed the team were going to make do without it in Malaysia too with the team doing plenty of running without either the Y-Lon or their Y100 winglet used during pre-season adorning the car.

For qualifying and the race however the team re-installed the Y-Lon which also required a change of rear wing profiles, mitigating some of the loss as it connects with the underside of the mainplane. In reality, one of the most intriguing sections of the Y-Lon is not it's installation in order to increase rear wing rigidity but the lower cylindrical elements impact on the surrounding airflow. 

Surrounding the exhaust would seem to be it's primary purpose but the shaping, orientation and it's offset from the engine cover means it should work in unison with the exhaust to pull airflow through and over the engine cover, once again utilising the exhaust to influence airflow.


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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 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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