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28 May 2014


As we can see from the image above Lotus arrived in Monaco with a new set of rear wing endplates, featuring slots in the leading edge.  These slots help to distribute pressure from the outside of the endplate inbound, making it more efficient.  (You'll also note that the thickness of the endplate around the slots on the leading edge has been reduced).  These tyre wake slots have featured on other cars since 2012 with some teams now utilising 2 per endplate but this is the first time that Lotus have ventured into this territory.
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