I love this car, aesthetically speaking I still prefer the Mclaren (i feel that when viewd from the side those humps on the nose make this car look horrible towards the front - and the nose is too high for my liking)
But I am massively impressed, front wing endplartes, huge rear wing endplates, incradibly tightly packaged rear end (due to the pullrod suspesion in part I guess) have me really interested.
What really strikes me though are two things:
How the lower front wishbones are attached to the tub - like an old 90's car...technically its a zero keel, but mounted to the centre of a gently curving underside.
The "sharkfin" on the engine cover...reminds me of the engine cover/airbox on the Williams FW14B - that sot of kink I mean.
I also find the rear end interesting 'cause most teams have undercut almost the whole side pod, right the way to the back - as stated by somebody else before, the Renault is a good example of this - this car however attempts to simply package the whole lot low&small...its an interesting take on the new regs. and I cannot wait to see how it does.
I do have one or two reliability worries though...I could just be being skeptical but we know the MP4-24 SHOULD get away with tiny cooling apperatures (look at the car last year) but the last few years Newey has demonstrated an ability to make a quick - but FRAGILE - car. I said a while ago that I feel he may search for such perfection in aero design (driven by a constant desire to improve, and this coupled with his own massive achievements in this areas) that he sometimes over does it, sometimes not allowing enough margin for mechanical/cooling requirements.
An example here would be the rear pullrod suspension. Somebody else has noticed the exhuast is is close proximity to the upper wishbone, and could it be that which the pullrod appears to be an aerodynamicaly favourable solution, could it offer less mechanical benifit? I don't know, I'm no expert, and I'm not trying to say "This car has the following flaws", I'm simply pondering some possibilities.
I hope it shifts like s**t off a shovel tho!
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