wesley123 wrote:McLarens sidepods arent bulky, they have one of the smallest intakes and slope down quite steeply, it quits much sooner then other teams sidepods. Due to the downsloping the sidepods have much less of a coke bottle. All of these are compromises to get that huge rear diffuser working properly, they actually gave up a little on rear wing efficiency to get good diffuser flow.
Note that the Diffuser starts way earlier then others, probably around the cars centerline. Then they use the beam wing as extractor of air through the diffuser. These downsloping sidepods are used to get air over that diffuser to help its function. An much larger coke bottlwe shape isnt actually an ioption due to the fact the diffuser starts that soon, to then get that air flowing over there require an coke bottle that isnt even possible to make(yet), instead the coke bottle is used to get the air around the diffuser.
wrcsti wrote:I had posted somewere my thoughts on the tight sidepods possibly causing lift. Now with the DDD ban we may see sidepods ending higher up and almost flat tops to add a bit more downforce. Heck they might even try and use the exhaust as an airflow accelerator to gain even more DF from it.
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