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23 Jun 2015

A selection of the best technical images from the in-season test at Spielberg courtesy of Sutton Images.  To be updated throughout the 2 day test....

Day 1

 Mercedes W06 detail in the garage
 Ferrari SF15-T detail
 Lotus E23 unmounted turning vanes
 Lotus E23 with a kiel probe array mounted behind the front wheel, note the mechanic with his hand on that now mounted turning vane
 McLaren MP4-30 - note the use of a Y150 winglet, something the team haven't used during race conditions this season
 Williams FW37 - Susie Wolff at the wheel, using all of the pre-Austrian GP parts, although she has a winglet mounted ahead of the rear wheel that couldn't be used under normal conditions (it's illegal)
 Red Bull RB11 detail
 Another shot of the MP4-30 from behind
 Close up of the winglet mounted ahead of the rear wheels on the FW37
 Another close up of the winglet mounted ahead of the rear wheels on the FW37, note the camera mounted to the floor skirt that was also added
 Another close up of the winglet mounted ahead of the rear wheels on the FW37, note the camera mounted to the floor skirt that was also added
 Mercedes W06 rear end detail 
 Williams FW37 - Here I have highlighted the elements added by Williams, green = side skirt which is both an extension of the horizontal floor section and a vertical section.  Meanwhile, yellow = a two tier winglet which will displace the airflow around the rear tyre.  Neither fit within the current regulations but could be either a test by the team for the Strategy Group / TWG as investigation for the 2017 regulation changes or the team have used these as an experiment to assess the impact of changes that the team may be working on that will replicate similar airflow structures.  I will endevour to find out which of these is true.


 Lotus E23 rear end detail
 Mercedes W06 rear end detail
 Mercedes W06 under nose detail
 Mercedes W06 rear end detail
 Lotus E23 with kiel probe array behind front wheel, assessing the wake being generated
McLaren MP4-30 in pre-Austria trim, likely conducting correlation before applying the new parts on the second day of testing

Day 2
 Kiel probe arrays mounted either side of the RB11, measuring the wake produced ahead of it
 Red Bull RB11 front wing from behind
 Red Bull RB11 inner nose detail
 Toro Rosso STR10
 Force India VJM08 with new nose solutions which features 'nostrils', allowing airflow to pass from the upper surface
Force India VJM08 with kiel probe arrays attached
 Force India VJM08, wider angled shot shows new front wing aswell as the nose
 Lotus E23 with kiel probe array behind the front wheel measuring how airflow moves around it
 Mercedes W06 with kiel probe array mounted behind the front wheel
 Force India VJM08 with kiel probe array mounted behind the front wheel, old specification parts in use for correlation
 Red Bull RB11 detail
 Lotus E23 front wing stack
 Williams FW37 from behind
 Toro Rosso STR10 with flo viz applied to the brake ducts, new lower wishbone arm and rear wing endplate
 Toro Rosso STR10 with flo viz applied to the brake ducts, new lower wishbone arm and rear wing endplate
  Toro Rosso STR10 with flo viz applied to the rear wing mainplane

 Red Bull RB11 with kiel probe arrays mounted behind both front wheels
  Red Bull RB11 with kiel probe arrays mounted behind both front wheels
  Red Bull RB11 with kiel probe arrays mounted behind both front wheels









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4 comments:

  1. Great pics as always. I take it youre hiding away the FI pics for a seperate article? It looks like a very interesting car, especially the nose and uber tight rear end!

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  2. I'm dying to check out a report on FI's new car. It deserves a car launch article like those at the start of the season. It is a B-spec car after all!

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  3. Come on somers gives us an article regarding the new almost B-spec force india, you even covered the usless williams monkey seats in williams but why not an article that is dedicated to FI

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  4. Patience guys I'm working on the post GP/test analysis as we speak....

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