The Brawn GP design team have been looking carefully at Ferrari's front wing compared to their own. Previously that resembled a lot to BMW Sauber's design as it features two upper flaps with the actuator mechanism in the middle of these flaps. The new wing however is completely different and sports only one flap. The most important advantage of this will be the adjustability for the drivers. Previously they only has control of a small panel of which they could change the angle of attack, but adjusting the new single flap by 6° will greatly change downforce at the front end.
Is there any way of saying how much this brings to the car in terms of speed and agility etc?
From what I have heard, the agility index has increased by a factor of 1.5, while the speed has clearly increased by at least 10-15 mph.
I would assume, the the outside stationary flap would have had to been setup for more downforce than that of the new wing due to the triangular flap being so small. It only makes sense that the single flap would greatly increase efficiency down the long straights being able to bleed off downforce.
I agree, 50% more agilityness seems right to me. I think the Brawn is up to something like 2740 Newton-Francs per meter-second squared. Sorry I don't know the American units. Google it.
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