Yes.. that is the thing..this car is a "brand new" Mclaren because of the rules. This year revealed the teams that were riding of previous designers coat tails and got too relaxed. Now they got a totally new design and the ball in is in their court and don't know how to play it.
McLaren have left me thinking that they use that "Brute force method" throwing on parts and money all about. Patching (bitching
) up the car.
A contrast is Ferrari who said "OK, something is FUNDAMENTALLY wrong here. Lets look at things using a certain Philosophy
." They changed the chassis (made it 15kg lighter) and just generally corrected everything in a systematic way. It produced great results.
I am not exactly sure what are the major problems that they are trying to fix. I don't know if it is a case of the stiffness of the chassis? the weight of it? the geometry of the suspension? the aerodynamics
? What is it that eludes them?
Whatever it is, they need a new design philosophy. Sometimes I pretend that I can help them and I try to look on the car and try to see what is wrong with it. Those exhaust surrounds are what I don't like seeing.. everybody elses' are FLAT why do theirs have to protrude from the body? Why did they choose that style of diffuser? what is that peg in the middle of it? Why did they cut off two huge chunks of the floor plate? Why did they not do the floor plate like the RedBull? These things I am thinking about.
When I do take on a design that is complex and I can't understand it in the given time, I just COPY the concepts of one that works. Yes.. I've copied before..My philosophy is "Don't burst your brain
The team at woking is bursting their brains over this car and getting no where..
Start over and Make it basic OR COPY like a Hyundai
"I was blessed with the ability to understand how cars move," he explains. "You know how in 'The Matrix,' he can see the matrix? When I'm driving, I see the lines."