FIA - Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) Wing

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Post Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:58 pm

im still unclear; how would CDG be more of a safety risk than current full width wings?
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Post Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:30 pm

Anonymous wrote:im still unclear; how would CDG be more of a safety risk than current full width wings?


Because the CDG is above the full tyre width - only few cm away and if suspension or tyre fails tyre will rip wing appart like a piece of papper and launch pieces in the air. Normal wing is between the tyres and much less exposed especialy having in mind how it is connected to the chassis (gearbox/diff).

Remember how exploded Bridgestone smashed the sidepod on one of the Ferraris several years ago?
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Post Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:52 am

Anyway, how can you say for sure that failure of CDG wing can't cause catastropy?


I think I CAN say for certain that the CDG wings will become projectiles if either of the rear tyres fail. Carbon shatters under those kind of impact forces. A flailing tyre is going to destroy the wing quite easily. We cannot forget what a simple flat spot on Kimi's tyre did to his entire suspension last year. Also, the suspension breaks to the rear of the car, so if the suspension breaks it will also take the CDG wing with it. Bottom line, there's going to be alot more shattered carbon on the track.

The problem is the placement of the CDG wing. It could probably be put on the sidepods without a problem. But that would be an even uglier car. Either that, or we need carbon-splinter proof tyres. ;)
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