raymondu999 wrote:I wonder if their reliability will improve. CFD doesn't do much in terms of testing structural strength and reliability
Of course, like you've mentioned CFD has it's drawbacks with regarding to time. However Wirth's team is talented and have shown before what their capable of (like you've mentioned above). In my opinion the doubling in resources should counter considerably the disadvantage they had last season regarding updates.wesley123 wrote:Well I expect them to really make a big leap forward, more than Team Lotus. I do this based on what we saw in LMP, the Acura debut year was miserable, the second year they won the championship with an pretty much reworked car.
I personally think CFD is an really powerfull tool, but it needs much more time to be understood than an windtunnel.
Wirth (and the other new teams) didn't really need knowledge of hydraulics as the system was supplied by xtrac. Unfortunately, it didn't work very well which left the teams scrambling to find hydraulics engineers!marcush. wrote:the step will be considerable methinks.Realistically they should be behind Team Lotus still and catching Toro Rosso will be more a matter of how good Ascanellis troups are working and if Buemi and Alguesuari are able to up their game to the level needed.It is a hard world.
Wirths lack of expertise in the area of hydraulics was obvious from day one in F1
As I understand todays lmp cars are using mainly pneumatic gearshifts and Epas steering systems ..so they really had no activities in that area before joining F1
apart from old experience(mind you Wirth was TD at Bennetton after simtek went bellyup).
So the mess was really created between Cosworth and Xtrac but catapulted Virgin back into the 80s stoneage in terms of reliability and limited mileage for a long time.
Surprising to me just how long it took them to get on top of the hydraulics.Were they even working on it or was this a X-trac only development area?
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