McG wrote:The McLaren F1 used suction fans?
Small electrically driven fans ducted to the floor. Not a massive performance improvement, but I seem to recall Gordon claiming they helped balance the car nicely.
I also seem to recall at least 1 other "fancar", possibly also in can-am? Don't really remember anything else about it. I should also point out however, that the entire fan concept wasn't exactly trouble free. Sure, but Brabham won the only race it ever entered, but I have my doubts it would have won a championship.
There's no way Newey actually penned this car. I highly doubt he even drew the concept out. There's simple far too much style in the drawings I've seen. What you're seeing is the standard video game "designed" by some famous person. John Madden football, whoever you people worship in soccer, Tiger Woods golf, Michael Jordan basketball. They AYWAYS claim they were deeply involved in the design, and it ALWAYS turns out to be BS. The video games industry has no problem with lying directly to its consumers.
The ONLY reason you're even trying to claim Newey might have had anything to do with this is because unlike nearly all of the other "celebrity designers" Newey actually does design crap for a living. That's a very tenuous link to base a claim on. My guess is he "designed" this thing over a 1 hour conversation with the programmers, who most likely showed up with the drawing already in hand.