machin wrote:Take any point on the track... when the first car reaches this point start the stop watch. If the car behind takes less than 1 second to get to the same point he is within 1 second of the car infront...
xpensive wrote:You could use a bit of imagination yourself WB, the idea of the adjustable rear wing for the following car was hatched by Wirth when working on that split-wing for MrM some years back, but yes, the proximity-thing could be rather new.
Peter Wright at GP.com in 1997 wrote:By the end of the last year's racing season, no solution to reducing aerodynamic loads had been found. The FIA backed a proposal from some teams for an active front wing - the incidence would be actively controlled to permit a change of balance in the wake of a leading car. Some teams rose to the challenge, while others recoiled from it, and without unanimity it did not get accepted.
Autosport wrote:With the rules dictating that the leading car will not be able to respond if his pursuer has got within one second of him in the previous sector, current drivers worry that the move could detract from the purity of F1.
xpensive wrote:"Wirth may have been involved"? Try this one for size and try to shut up for a minute or two;
In 2005 FIA President Max Mosley commissioned his former partner Nick Wirth, a designer who had worked with the Simtek and Renault F1 teams, to come up with an idea of how to lower aerodynamic turbulence behind the cars and by doing so create more overtaking. Wirth worked with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programmes to come up with what he called the Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) wing. The FIA announced that it would introduce the CDG wing in 2008.
Plenty more on http://www.grandprix.com on the matter. Search "CDG" and enjoy.
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