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25 Jun 2014

McLaren had plenty of new parts to try out at the Red Bull Ring but one that didn't cut the mustard and the team didn't race are the Turning Vanes, the brilliant Giorgio Piola caught a picture of them above (Source:

The under chassis vanes help to condition the airflow that moves under the nose and chassis, whilst protecting it from the wake created by the front tyres (especially in yaw).  The new vanes have a similar rearward section to those that have already been in use, whilst the most forward element (which is attached to the underside of the nosecone rather than the chassis) was elongated.  This section you'll note also has an elongated slot in it but doesn't go as far as making it a full blown additional section.



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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