Exactly, yes.raymondu999 wrote:I take it you mean the "trailing edge" of the "outside walls" of the McLaren side pods? and use them as an air curtain in the same way today they're used for allowing more rake?
I would imagine that they're also aimed at lowering the CofG, while maintaining the high side crash structure, so their use wouldn't entirely disappear in 2014.raymondu999 wrote:I think you're kind of missing the point on the V6 2014 rules though. The u-pods are more aimed at supplying good air to the beam wing; which I believe is gone for 2014
raymondu999 wrote:I think you're kind of missing the point on the V6 2014 rules though. The u-pods are more aimed at supplying good air to the beam wing; which I believe is gone for 2014
True; hadn't thought of that. Having said that this is very arguably, and probably calculably, less of an advantage than it is providing this year.beelsebob wrote:I would imagine that they're also aimed at lowering the CofG, while maintaining the high side crash structure, so their use wouldn't entirely disappear in 2014.
Really? I thought the wing trailing edges were going to stay where they are, and the wings will go shallower? i.e. the leading edges will be higherCoefficient wrote:The beam wing is gone for 2014 but the main wing element will be much much lower too so the the U Pod could still be a functional option.
The U pods are a natural evolution of the 2010 tapering to a horizontal line.raymondu999 wrote: in 2010 ... tapered to a horizontal "line" at the back rather than Red Bull's philosophy of tapering to a "point" on the back, if you catch my drift.
And this year they have done their... well we all know about their 2011 side pods.
Were they not oversized because the thought they needed more cooling than they needed? With the benefir of running the car this year and understanding how the air flows beneath the skin as much as over it there should be lots of little areas were they could tighten things up a little?munudeges wrote:The sidepods are definitely one way of getting more air to the rear of the car, but what doesn't look very efficient to me is what's happening around the sides of those sidepods. I can't help but feel that's where McLaren are missing out versus Red Bull.
I'm not sure where they go with the current sidepod arrangement next year either.