Copycats in F1: cockpit wing for BMW

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Aside from the shark fins that are being copied quickly by all the teams, there are other elements of interest that teams are eager to test themselves and eventually race them. One such example is the addition of a small wing on both sides of the cockpit, just ahead of the wing mirrors. Renault initially started off in 2006, and meanwhile McLaren and Ferrari have introduced their own version. Now, it's BMW's turn.
Mark the downward direction of the wing. As a result, the wing by itself will create a little lift, surely to be compensated by improved cooling - slightly more air will enter the sidepod - or better airflow towards the rear wing.


By wesley123 on 10-07-2008 at 22:40

"Ferrari initially started off, and meanwhile Renault and McLaren have introduced their own version." that is wrong, Renault started it end 2006 when they used the same wings that were above the suspension in front of the cockpit, in 2007 they designed new ones and mclaren copied the 2006 ones in australia, after that Ferrari came with their version in the France gp

By Steven on 10-07-2008 at 23:33

Correct, got my facts wrong and changed it.
In fact what I initially meant was the wings as they exist now, being fairly wide and without endplates. When Renault introduced them and as McLaren copied in 2007, these were far smaller and did have endplates to them.

By littlemoss_lad on 11-07-2008 at 11:23

Didn't Sport India sport some similar wings supporting their mirrors in the last race? Looked like it to me anyway butI've seen no photos anywhere of them.

By littlemoss_lad on 11-07-2008 at 11:24

Sorry, Force India.. Sport India? WTF? :o)

By Steven on 11-07-2008 at 12:08

Force India have been running wing-line supports for its rear view mirrors already from the beginning of the season. It may indeed target the same effect at the current solutions, and without doubt is far more elegant. Way to go for FI ;)

By littlemoss_lad on 11-07-2008 at 12:39

Sorry, Force India.. Sport India? WTF? :o)

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