br21 wrote:Very interesting season in front of us. Cars will be really powerful, with similar (already big) amount of torque like they had this season. Active diffs will make big difference in handling, also much more advanced aero will be big and important factor.
roon wrote:br21 wrote:Very interesting season in front of us. Cars will be really powerful, with similar (already big) amount of torque like they had this season. Active diffs will make big difference in handling, also much more advanced aero will be big and important factor.
I agree, should be interesting. I wonder how much aero will make a difference in this new formula, considering the big mechanical changes. Toyota looks to have taken fullest advantage of the new dimensional/aerodynamic rules—compact radiator ducting, side mirror wings, huge rear wheel extractors, center exhaust blowing over top the diffuser. The diffuser itself is remarkably well integrated. From the rear it looks like a contorted LMP.
roon wrote:Another thought is yaw. These cars spend a lot of time in it. How much downforce dropoff might there be when pivoting these cars at high speeds?
roon wrote:Second place finish for Toyota's return.
nokivasara wrote:Indeed, the average speed was 137kph IIRC and the upper limit is 130kph. That could have been avoided with a more twisty section within the stage but I guess the speed of these new cars got everyone off guard!
I must say that even if I'm not a big fan of the kit car style I enjoy the new breed of cars more than I'd thought.
Often when there are big rule changes to make the racing/rallying better for the fans the changes instead lead the other way, but not this time!
I think they should have renamed the WRC, these cars are closer to Group B monsters than last years WRC cars, both in looks and power. But the most amazing thing with rally cars IMO is the suspension travel, look at the cars when they have the inner wheel way down in the ditch, yet the car sist perfectly level! And the way they land after a jump, truly amazing.
I really hope that the new wide era F1 cars also surprice me, in a good way.
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