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22 Aug 2014

Having made their largest upgrades in Austria with a few straggling through for the Silverstone weekend Force India have another change this weekend which will impact those that went ahead of it.

The Y100 Winglet or Monkey Seat as we know it is an area that is constantly under scrutiny by the teams as any changes to the exhaust, rear wing, diffuser etc require minor alterations to it in order to extract the best performance.
Their new winglet is extremely reminiscent of the one used by Lotus in 2013 as they continued to assess the merits of their DRD (Drag Reduction Device), just as I talked about back then the curved winglet acts as a mini diffuser (venturi) expanding the airflow passing by it.  In the case of Force India we can see that ahead of the winglet the team have shaped their exhaust surround/pylon to create an inverted nozzle (when compared to the winglet).  These two components work in conjunction with the exhaust to pull airflow through and over the engine cover/sidepod bodywork.



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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