After introducing a new nose cone and front wing at Turkey, the Toyota team have already a new wing ready for the very low downforce requirements at Monza. In fact the race version (lower image) follows a front wing with the older nose cone (upper image). Toyota have been planning a new nose to improve the car's general spec while also developing a low downforce front wing for Monza. As the low downforce wing was just ready for testing, it was not adopted to the new nosecone until 7 days later for the Italian GP. The team have eventually introduced 3 new wings in the last 14 days. A more technical look at the new wing also shows that Toyota is running a very low drag (and downforce) front wing at Monza. All others teams run front wings that undoubtedly produce more downforce.
I would like to offer a bit of constructive criticism here to the Toyota F1 Team.
Gentlemen, it is my humble opinion given the consistent lack of meaningful results and performance, that the focus of development attention is on the wrong part of the car.
I certainly hope that the new 2008 contender is indeed a complete, totally new, and refreshingly competitive design. For a manufacturer with the kind of support that this organization has, it is high time that we start to see consistent results in keeping with the development process.
I have always been under the impression that the frontal area of the sidepods are so unconventional and don\'t look too efficient. We must not forget they make progress, but it\'s not enough...
I also found it quite surprising that the team actually runs so little wing, especially at the front. My thoughts are they cannot add more front wing as it would couse unbalance with the rear of the car. You can see that BMW, McLaren, Ferrari and Renault all run higher downforce wings.
You are actually bang on with that observation sir, and it only justifies my earlier post that their development focus is not where it should be.
A competitive car can only be as good as the chassis preparation, and included in that design is the necessary commitment to perfecting chassis set up. The aero work follows in step with this and must be an integral work in progress with meaningful results.
In the words of the late Sir Keith Duckworth of Cosworth.
(quote) \"Over development is the product of bad design\"
Hey Tomba, Has Toyota always had a front wing that looked like this? The way this one has been designed looks like they might have been reading this column!
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