A link to yet another render image analysis for Richland F1, this time of the Mercedes-powered Lotus E23 which you can find here.
The nose solution they have this year is quite interesting – instead of extending a stub out of the main bulk of the nose, Lotus have opted to attach it to the bottom. Of course this limits the amount of flow available into the splitter region but let’s not forget that the ‘chin’ solution has been used by the team before (2009, when they were formerly known as Renault), so they know what they’re doing.
I would say that they’re trying to use the neutral section of the front wing coupled with the chin to accelerate flow and induce a bit of downforce. The nose is also sculpted on each side to invite flow in beneath the chassis, helped by its narrow width. In other words, they could be onto a winner here…
As F1 extends its stay in Abu Dhabi for a two day test mid-week, it was no surprise to see further developments on the cars during free practice despite being so late into the season. An early analysis of some components on Friday will help give the teams a headstart when the test begins, whilst also providing data that little bit earlier back to the factory as preparations for 2015 are well underway. Continue reading →
In terms of tech droughts it would be fair to say that the past month has certainly been through one. Thanks to customs regulations in Russia there were little new parts three weeks ago and the teams had to compensate in Japan. Thankfully after a healthy break and more relaxed laws over goods, the US GP was a perfect opportunity to bring developments. Some teams even brought 2015 prototype components for evaluation. The Circuit of The Americas is an ideal proving ground for such parts as the track tests aerodynamic performance to quite an extreme: high speed corners and long straights force teams to cut drag whilst retaining a high level of downforce. Continue reading →