raymondu999 wrote:I never understood it as such - some people say it's good because it's guaranteed downforce - but I've also heard some say that it's a sign of a struggling team because it's not particularly efficient in terms of L/D
Just_a_fan wrote:Looking at McLaren's version, I think they're using it more as a way of improving the effect of the beam wing than as a direct d/f producer in its own right. It won't make a huge amount of d/f on its own but it could have a beneficial effect on the centre portion of the beam wing and thus the diffuser below it.
If you look at the picture, the distances between the main wing, seat wing, beam wing and diffuser are all pretty similar. It looks like they are trying to get the centre sections (which might naturally be expected to get worse flow because of the engine cover etc ahead of them) working together as one.
I don't see it as a was of trying to claw downforce from a bolt-on element. I think it is more subtle, and probably much more effective, than that.
Users browsing this forum: AddThis [Crawler], Exabot [Bot] and 8 guests