Formula One car development blog

New cutout podvane at Ferrari

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Ferrari are really putting in a huge effort to make up for the lost ground because of windtunnel problems earlier on in the season. Now that everything is back on track, developments are clear and pay off. The Italian team has brought a new sidepod vane to the three-day test at Spa. The new panel in the upper image is now open in the middle and features a slit similar to what McLaren introduced albeit slightly more subtle.

Red Bull mimick Ferrari front wing

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While the Scuderia Ferrari is quickly adding new bits onto their car, Red Bull have lately been stuck with their gearbox problems. Without major new aero enhancements in the last races, the team appears to have closely looked to the red cars. New vertical splitters were added underneath the front wing main place to improve downforce. Surprisingly, they have introduced this at this week's Spa Francorchamps test which is known to be a medium to low downforce track. In contrast to Ferr... Read more

Ferrari revolutionise wheel aero

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Ferrari have once again developed a new rim cover, but this time it has been so thoroughly developed that it doesn't rotate with the wheel any more. The new cover is fitted inside the front wheel to help brake disk cooling. The assembly comes with a newly developed wheel nut (see left image). The nut consist of a central, silver coloured part that does not rotate and is fixed to the wheel axis. Around it is a blue part that does rotate with the wheel. When the fronts wheels are now ... Read more

Ferrari front wing: Fins on wings

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Ferrari have again added their fins on the underside of the front wing panels. It is new compared to the last races where these were unnecessary due to lower downforce requirements. While the Italian team have used similar solutions in the past, no other team have found these necessary at the French GP. The fins, as marked in the image, are mainly meant to guide airflow to flow laterally under the wing. It can slightly add to downforce but will inflict natural airflow and therefore ... Read more

How to splice air by Ferrari

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The Scuderia Ferrari have understood that everything in F1 these days is about cutting through air as efficiently as possible. The team is now aggresively attacking the molecules by new "knives" located just ahead both sidepods. The elements work similar to those at Renault and Honda in order to increase the pressure at the sidepod air inlet. The difference with Ferrari's design is the angle and the sharpness of the endpoints.

Williams mix and match front wing

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As an upper midfield team these days, Williams is closely looking at the solution of other teams to solve their own problems. When at the beginning of the season the team introduced their double deck front wing, the upper elements closely resembled those of the championship winning Renault R26. Yet with their French update, the lower mainplane has been modified to be a little more curved and now also looks very similar to the Renault car, this time the R27. However, the upper panels... Read more

New engine cover for TF107

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Toyota's 2007 runner is still lacking pace compared to the team's budget, especially in the hands of Ralf Schumacher. Fortunately the team is improving step by step by introducing new parts. This time around the new aero package includes a new engine cover. The upper part of the image shows that new design, following the trend set by McLaren and new used by BMW and Ferrari too. The extra surface in the upper area allows for a cleaner airflow towards the rear wing and is expected to ... Read more

Ferrari carbonise front wheels

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Ferrari have been working on their carbon rim shields for quite a while now, starting in the beginning of last season. With now also Toyota and Renault continuously running with rim attachments on the rear wheels, Ferrari have now come with front wheel cooling aids glued inside the rim. Contrary to the rear wheel where only a small opening is left for air cooling, at the front the modification is far more modest. A small curved ring is fitted to improve the airflow from the brakes t... Read more

Renault opt for 2005-style front wing

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Although it's starting to look rare these days, Renault ran an unstacked front wing to fit the lower drag requirements at Montreal. The upper elements were removed, making the front wing look more like an item from 2005. The team also dropped their mid wing for this race and most likely will retain a similar configuration for the Indianapolis race. While it is visible, note the little gurney flap at the trailing outer edge of the wing. This effectively creates more downforce at the ... Read more

Again different front wings at SA

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Just like in several races earlier in 2007, Super Aguri is testing a new front wing during Friday practice. In fact it is still the same doubled front wing as earlier this season, and so it appears as it the team is unsure about its performance advantages. Yet again both drivers reverted to a simpler wing without upper planes and with a different curve in the main plane. Note that both of the wings seen at Montreal consist of two elements, contrary to the three part wings that most ... Read more