j2004p wrote:Very non-technical observation this, but every year it appears as though Caterham are moving closer and closer to the 'Jaguar Racing Green' colour. They used to be much darker.
ajprice wrote:Is that vane outside the no bodywork 'imaginary cone' area of the exhaust exit?
onewingedangel wrote:Ted Kravitz said that Caterham are not looking to significantly upgrade the car until the Spanish GP in May - with no upgrade expected ahead of the first race, what they have now at the first test, short of some minor developments will have to last them the first 4 races.
The new Caterham CT03 could be caught up in the first legality spat of the 2013 F1 season. In a press conference at Jerez James Allison Technical Director of the Lotus F1 team was asked if he had seen anything of interest on the other new cars, his reply was certainly interesting “It’s a crap answer but I’ve not had time to look at any other cars but our own, bit there is one feature of the Caterham’s exhaust that I don’t think will be there when we get to Melbourne.”
The feature in question is what appears to be a flow conditioner in the exhaust channel of the Caterham CT03. Lotus has near identical image to the one seen here as the Lotus pit lane photographer was stood next to Racecar’s when they were taken! The conditioner appears to guide the exhaust gasses toward the crucial area at the rear of the car floor which would give the blown diffuser effect. The element is coated in a ceramic thermal barrier coating and is likely to be made of metal not carbon fibre.
The design may fall foul of article 5.8.4 of the 2013 Technical regulations which state that.
Once the exhaust tailpipes, the bodywork required by Article 3.8.4 and any apertures permitted by Article 3.8.5 have been fully defined there must be no bodywork lying within a right circular truncated cone which :
a) Shares a common axis with that of the last 100mm of the tailpipe.
b) Has a forward diameter equal to that of each exhaust exit.
c) Starts at the exit of the tailpipe and extends rearwards as far as the rear wheel centre line.
d) Has a half-cone angle of 3° such that the cone has its larger diameter at the rear wheel centre line.
Furthermore, there must be a view from above, the side, or any intermediate angle perpendicular to the car centre line, from which the truncated cone is not obscured by any bodywork lying more than 50mm forward of the rear wheel centre line.
No formal protest can be lodged yet as in testing the full regulations do not apply. More follows
clipsy1H wrote:.. last year Caterham was one of my favorite car (amazing painting) but now it's so ugly
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