2008 Jerez Test 22-25 July

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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:06 pm

From day one of the test, if not used before, Honda have increased the length of their exhausts. I tried checking images from the German GP but could not find any close-up shots of the rear end and the normal pics of the RA108 did not seem to have this extra long length, so I'm pressuming that this is a new development.

The rear wing is also different from the one used in Germany, this is a low downforce design, compared to the more aggresively angled and shaped wing at Hockenheim.

Regarding the exhaust placement, why would they run the risk of placing the exhaust directly over the suspension components? And apparently their is no additional protection for them.
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:21 pm

Well the suspension is all new for one thing...


By the time the exhaut reaches that tip over the suspension it will have been exposed to a cooling airflow already and will have lost a significant amount of heat......I guess they've tested the temps on the engine dyno and through CFD and believe they can get away with it...

I wonder if it's a move to either promote more torque and thus drivability or to narrow the exhaust diffusion area when it hits the rear wing/goes through the apature.
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:16 pm

Those long exhaust pipes could increase the dirty airflow behind the car, so cars trying to slipstream behind the Honda would have a harder time gaining speed.

I always preferred the old pipes really coming out the back of the cars, looked way much cooler too ;)
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:05 am

Ogami musashi wrote:The BMW is equiped with a KERS system.

The sidepods contain batteries.

One of the mechanics was electrocuted this morning touching one part, he has nothing serious.

Pictures of said victim:

http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/photolarge.ph ... catID=3605 (check out Christian Klein--he must be thinking "what the hell is going on here?"
http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/photolarge.ph ... catID=3605

Poor guy... :?

Notice the sidepod in the second picture. You can see vertical slots along the length--cooling is my guess...
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:33 am

http://motorsport.com/photos/popup.asp? ... .140:66002

notice the honda exhaust's are not the same on the left cylinder bank and the right.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:58 am

Birel99 wrote:http://motorsport.com/photos/popup.asp?S=F1&N=61&SN=1_12.203.41.140:66002

notice the honda exhaust's are not the same on the left cylinder bank and the right.

Picture doesn't work here...
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:54 pm

shark fin for honda.?!?

edit: sorry.. just looked like it from that angle :oops:
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:01 pm


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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:08 pm

That looks crazy!
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:12 pm

I read Honda test their shark fin engine cover this morning. Any pics of it? :)

P.S: is BMW running a slightly different engine cover, or its just my eyes?
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:51 pm

Wurz on wednesday


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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:00 pm

The interesting thing about Mclaren's version of BMW's "Antler Wings" is that they are being tested on the car WITH the bridge wing. In Mike Gascoynes half-term tech report for F1 racing mag, he says that the two items are both used for similar purposes (to improve the efficiency of the rear wing by conditioning the flow off of the front wing) he says because of this you won't see teams using both solutions on their cars.

I wonder if Mclaren are simply evaluating the part after getting it to work in GFD simulations?
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:04 pm

timbo wrote:That looks crazy!

yeah... ewwwww...
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:34 pm

myurr wrote:
timbo wrote:That looks crazy!

yeah... ewwwww...

Way to ruin a car...I think anything that isn't asthetically pleasing to the majority should be banned - lol.
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:29 pm


BMW using low downforce 2009 ish spec and slicks.

Notice how wide the nose is again. Could this be something we will see next season?
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