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27 Feb 2015

Mercedes have introduced a new diffuser for the last test here in Barcelona, with changes made to the central boat tail.  I've highlighted the contour changes on the diffuser in the inset above, which provide a different angle of attack to their previous, flatter configuration (below), likely in an effort to give better balance.  You'll also note that the team have made changes to the Y100 region around the crash structure, changing both the ladder winglets and removing the longitudinal triangular strakes.  Like the diffuser below the winglet and gurney are contoured to match the diffusers surface changes, whilst you'll note the upper of the ladder winglets also extends back over the floor section to further capture and use the airflow migrating under the crash structure.



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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