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14 May 2014

Lotus continue to battle from the back foot having been late with their 2014 challenger, a succession of powerunit issues has also curtailed the Enstone based teams performances and so they approached Barcelona with fresh vigor hoping to put some of this behind them.

Having chosen to design their car with asymmetric features the exhaust can be offset to the right with the central rear wing support pylon offset to the left. With the team wanting to install a Y100 Winglet / Monkey Seat in Barcelona they've had to craft an extension from the support pylon for the winglet to sit on. Conversely the team have opted to centralise the Y100 Winglet, maximising it's width (200mm wide) which will unlikely get maximum upwash effect from the exhaust as other teams seem to be leveraging. 

The loss of the beam wing for 2014 has however led to most of the field using winglets and structures in the Y100 region to create airflow structures that make the diffuser and rear wing interact. This therefore is a step in that direction for Lotus and will likely help the drivers with a little more balance.



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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