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3 Oct 2014


Toro Rosso are continuing their development having arrived at Suzuka with a new Y100 Winglet arrangement.  The new twin winglet configuration is an ongoing development of those used in the past, with the new winglets looking to further harness the exhaust plume.
As we can see from the image above, when viewed from the side their design is 3 dimensional, rather than appearing flat when viewed from directly behind.  The horseshoe design will manipulate the exhaust plume in a different way to how its predecessors did, perhaps with a more localized intent, driving the centreline performance of all the aero structures/components, lessening the drag penalty.

Although the use of exhaust gasses to drive aero is lessened in 2014 by the exhausts centreline placement and connection of the MGU-H to the Turbo, the teams are still looking to use any wasted energy.  Furthermore the loss of the lower beam wing requires the teams to contrive other methods of creating flow structures that connect together to increase rear downforce.
As we can see in this great image captured by Sutton when the STR9 decided to lunch one of its Powerunits the exhaust plume is clearly being washed upward (upwash), which helps to connect the airflow structures being generated by the diffuser, floor, cooling outlets, brake duct fins, plethora of centrline winglets and rear wing.
Above: The Y100 Winglets run of the STR9 in Singapore

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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 Motorsport.com where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

I'm still doing the technical image gallery for each GP with the continued support of friend of the site Sutton Images. However, as always my time is limited and so this might not be updated as quickly as it once was, so keep checking back.

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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